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Lastly, we have spent £774,000 through various agents including local authorities on insulation of houses against traffic noise, that is the installation of secondary glazing of properties which qualify under the Noise Insulation Regulations.

Public Relations

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all current contracts placed by his Department with public relations companies and, in each case, state the aspect of the Department's work to which it relates, the company concerned and the estimated expenditure.

Mr. Norris: The information requested is as follows:


                                            |Estimated                    

Aspect                       |Company       |expenditure                  

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Assistance in development of                                              

  a PR Strategy for the                                                   

  Highways Agency            |Biss Lancaster|£33,000                      

Public Transport

Mr. Heppell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of supplementary credit


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approval for local transport was apportioned to public transport in (a) England and Wales (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years;

(2) what proportion of transport supplementary grant has been apportioned in (a) England and Wales and (b) Nottinghamshire to public transport in each of the last five years;

(3) what proportion of the annual capital guidelines for public transport was apportioned to public transport in (a) England and Wales and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years.

Mr. Norris: My right hon. Friend allocates local transport resources for England only. The relevant figures for annual capital guidelines and supplementary credit approvals are as follows. Transport supplementary grant is payable only on local authority expenditure in connection with highways or the regulation of traffic and not for public transport. Public transport expenditure is eligible for grant under section 56 of the Transport Act 1968, and figures for this are also given.

Resources for public transport expenditure are allocated in response to bids submitted by local authorities for particular investment schemes, and the allocation to individual authorities will vary from year to year depending on the bids submitted.


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                                         |1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94|1994-95        

                                         |(£m)   |(£m)   |(£m)   |(£m)   |(£m)           

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Annual capital guidelines                                                                

England: Total                           |411.29 |416.95 |389.81 |327.14 |433.03         

Public transport                         |59.10  |54.85  |55.76  |48.25  |56.80          

Nottinghamshire: Total                   |3.99   |6.59   |3.62   |3.58   |4.39           

Public transport                         |-      |-      |-      |-      |-              

                                                                                         

Supplementary credit approvals                                                           

England: Total                           |69.13  |120.70 |207.16 |376.94 |199.04         

Public transport                         |21.00  |32.50  |33.78  |73.78  |47.74          

Nottinghamshire: Total                   |0.16   |1.03   |2.33   |3.98   |6.39           

Public transport                         |0.16   |0.20   |0.43   |0.32   |4.49           

                                                                                         

Section 56 grant (public transport only)                                                 

England: Total                           |30.93  |18.30  |21.08  |18.42  |13.35          

Nottinghamshire                          |-      |-      |-      |-      |<1>2.55        

<1>Estimated.                                                                            

Leeds City Station (Information Board)

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the electronic information board at Leeds City station went out of action; and when it will be repaired.

Mr. Watts: This is a matter for the station operator, Railtrack.

Agricultural Vehicles (Accidents)

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for each year since 1989 (a) the number of accidents involving a tractor or other agricultural machinery on public roads that were not licensed to travel on public roads and (b) the number of fatalities resulting from such accidents; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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Traffic Forecasting

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to revise his forecasting method in respect of the national traffic forecasts.

Mr. Watts: There are no immediate plans to revise the method, but it is kept under review.

Departmental Responsibilities

Ms Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the division of responsibilities and relationship between his departmental Ministers and agencies.

Dr. Mawhinney: The respective responsibilities of Ministers and agency chief executives and the relationship between Ministers and agencies are set out in the framework document published for each of the Department's agencies.


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Parliamentary Questions

Ms Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many parliamentary questions he has referred to next steps agencies in each year since 1992.

Mr. Norris: The information is as follows:

1992 93 session -- 4

1993 94 session -- 130

1994 95 session -- 55 (up to 12 January 1995).

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

Mr. Jacques Arnold: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what minimum requirements in environmental matters have been imposed on bidders in the channel tunnel rail link competition.

Mr. Watts: I have today placed in the Library of the House a document setting out the environmental minimum requirements for the design and construction of the channel tunnel rail link.

Road Accidents (Alcohol)

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for transport how many deaths in road traffic accidents were caused by alcohol in each of the last five years; and what breakdown by age is available.

Mr. Norris: The estimated number of fatalities in alcohol related road traffic accidents in the last five years is as follows: 1989 814

1990 758

1991 662

1992 662

1993 546 (provisional)

Information on the age of drivers and riders killed is given in table 11 of "Road Accidents Great Britain 1993", which is in the Library.

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the cost to the NHS of treating injuries caused by road traffic accidents which in turn have been caused by alcohol.

Mr. Norris: The Department of Transport highways economics note No. 1--September 1994, which is in the Library, provides the average medical and ambulance costs of road accident casualties, separately for fatalities, serious and slight injuries.

Large Vehicles (Accidents)

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment is made by his Department of road accidents involving lorries or other articulated vehicles, with a view to improving safety on roads; what proposals he has to promote greater safety in construction and use regulations as they apply to lorries and other articulated vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Norris: The Department monitors closely available data on all accidents, including those involving lorries or articulated vehicles. We would be prepared to take action to change the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 should it become apparent that changes are needed. We have no such plans at present.


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Second Severn Crossing

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the latest expected completion date of the second Severn crossing; and what new delays he has been informed of.

Mr. Watts [holding answer 10 January 1995]: I understand that the Severn River Crossing and its contractor are reviewing the programme for completion of the second crossing in spring 1996, following construction difficulties last year.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Disused Coal Mines

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the President of the Board of Trade who will own mineral property and other rights in disused coal mines after privatisation; and who will authorise the opening.

Mr. Charles Wardle: The property in all the coal and coal mines in Great Britain previously owned by the British Coal Corporation is now vested in the Coal Authority. Anyone wishing to carry out coal mining operations will need a licence from the Coal Authority, which confers a statutory right to mine; together with a lease of, or other property interest in, the relevant coal. They will also need to obtain other rights and consents which are necessary for the carrying on of coal mining operations, such as planning permission, environmental consents and rights over surface land.

EMPLOYMENT

Training

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what measures his Department is taking to encourage the education and training of women for re-entry into the workplace; and what programmes are available to them.

Mr. Paice: Woman who wish to return to work can enter training for work, without having to be registered as unemployed for six months. They can train on a part-time basis and get child care support. The Department is promoting training and employment opportunities for women through its fair play initiative.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what measures his Department is taking to encourage the education and training of 16 to 25-year-olds for entry into the workplace; and what programmes are available to them.

Mr. Paice: A wide range of measures is currently available to encourage the education and training of 16 to 25-year-olds for entry into the work place. These include the development of new vocational qualifications such as national vocational qualifications and general national vocational qualifications, training programmes such as youth training and training for work, and measures to enhance the vocational relevance of education, such as the enterprise in higher education initiative and the technical and vocational education initiative.


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The "Competitiveness" White Paper published in May 1994 sets out additional measures which are being developed. These include modern apprenticeships and accelerated modern apprenticeships, improvements in independent careers advice for young people from the age of 13, the strengthening of education business links, and the creation of the competitiveness fund which is aimed at creating specialist education and training provision in further education colleges in key occupational areas.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Stormont (Fire)

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) who is responsible for fire protection measures at Parliament buildings, Belfast;

(2) if he will order an independent and thorough inquiry into the fire at Parliament buildings, Belfast, on Monday 2 January and the relevant events surrounding it; and if he will open the inquiry to the public and release the findings;

(3) what fire sprinkler system was installed and operating in Parliament buildings, Belfast prior to Monday 2 January;

(4) what means were being relied upon to give early warning of a fire at Parliament buildings, Belfast on the morning of Monday 2 January;

(5) what assessment he has made of the suitability for the use or purpose for which they are provided of all Crown buildings which are his responsibility taking account of the means of escape in case of fire, the means of fighting fire and the means of providing warning in case of fire;

(6) what staff were present and at what times within Parliament buildings, Belfast over the Christmas 1994 and new year 1995 holidays;

(7) when Parliament buildings, Belfast was last evacuated as part of a fire drill;

(8) if he will review the Fire Service Northern Ireland Order 1984 with respect to Crown buildings to require them to apply for a fire certificate;

(9) what heat detection system was installed and operating in Parliament buildings, Belfast prior to Monday 2 January;

(10) if any early warning fire detection system incorporated in the refurbishment tender includes a link to a post outside Parliament buildings, Belfast, to cover times when the building is vacant; (11) if there was a fire log book held for Parliament buildings, Belfast as required for certified buildings under the Fire Services Northern Ireland Order 1984;

(12) when engineers last tested the capacity of the water supply to meet demand for fire emergencies at Parliament buildings, Belfast; (13) if he will order an independent and thorough inquiry into the operation of the fire section of the Department responsible for the safety of public buildings in Northern Ireland and if he will open such an inquiry to the public and release the findings;


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(14) what smoke detection system was installed and operating in Parliament buildings, Belfast prior to Monday 2 January;

(15) what early fire warning device is to be installed in Parliament buildings, Belfast under the present renovations; and when his element was included in the contract;

(16) if there is a current fire certificate with respect to Parliament buildings, Belfast;

(17) when the last Fire Brigade trial run at Parliament buildings, Belfast was made to familiarise fire crews of the layout of the building and to ascertain what hazards might be encountered; (18) if he expects an application to be submitted for a fire certificate as referred to in the Fire Service Northern Ireland Order 1984 in respect of Parliament buildings, Belfast, after the present renovations and repairs are completed.

Mr. Moss: My right hon. and learned Friend has already announced that he has asked Sir Reginald Doyle, a former HM chief inspector of fire services in Great Britain to conduct an inquiry into the fire at Parliament buildings on 2 January 1995.

Sir Reginald will examine the fire safety precautions and the fire fighting arrangements for Parliament buildings and make recommendations to the Secretary of State, both in relation to Parliament buildings itself and any consequential implications for other Crown buildings in Northern Ireland. It is intended to publish the report in due course. The matters referred to will be considered by Sir Reginald as part of his inquiry.

Water Consent Decisions

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the application for water consent at a waste disposal site by Mr. W. Ross of 11 Ballybeen road, Moneyreagh, Castlereagh was received; when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement about the time being taken to issue water consent decisions.

Mr. Moss: An application for consent under the Water Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 was received by the Department of the Environment from Mr. W. Ross on 20 September 1994. Mr. Ross was asked to submit a location plan in support of his application and this was received on 24 November. Mr. Ross has not, however, forwarded proof that he has advertised the application as required by section 9(3) of the Water Act. As soon as this proof is received, the Department will make every effort to determine Mr. Ross's application as soon as possible.

NHS Contracts

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total value of NHS contracts with non-NHS providers in each of the last five years.

Mr. Moss: In Northern Ireland integrated health and personal social services are supplied by health boards, trusts, general practitioner fund holders and the Central


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Services Agency for the Health and Personal Social Services. Their total expenditure on the purchase of health and personal social services from non-NHS/HPSS providers was as follows:


          |£                  

------------------------------

1992-93   |5,777,349          

1993-94   |4,554,933          

(Note: these figures are      

still subject to audit by the 

Comptroller and Auditor       

General).                     

The accounts of the health and social services boards were revised in 1992 93 to take account of the separation of the

purchaser-provider functions. Consequently, the financial information given is not readily available prior to this date.

Health and social services trusts and general practitioner fund-holders were established in Northern Ireland with effect from 1 April 1993, and therefore the figures for 1992 93 relate exclusively to health boards' expenditure.

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the value of NHS contracts placed with non-NHS providers (a) in total, (b) by health board area, (c) by fundholding general practice and (d) by trust.

Mr. Moss: In Northern Ireland integrated health and personal social services are purchased by health boards, trusts, general practitioner fund- holders and the Central Services Agency for the health and personal social services. Their expenditure on the purchase of health and personal social services from non-NHS/HPSS providers was as follows:


                                    |1992-93  |1993-94            

                                    |£        |£                  

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Northern Health and Social Services                               

  Board                             |377,056  |279,013            

Southern Health and Social Services                               

  Board                             |159,871  |172,350            

Eastern Health and Social Services                                

  Board                             |4,876,322|3,177,081          

Western Health and Social Services                                

  Board                             |364,100  |820,278            

Health and Social Services Trusts   |-        |Nil                

General Practitioner Fundholders    |-        |106,211            

                                                                  

 Total                              |5,777,349|4,554,933          

Note:                                                             

The first general practitioner fund-holders and the first health  

and social services trusts were established in Northern Ireland   

on 1 April 1993.                                                  

Health Education Authority

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to change the funding structure or remit of the Health Education Authority.

Mr. Moss: None. This is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health. However, I am presently in the process of reviewing health promotion arrangements in Northern Ireland. The review is examining the respective roles and responsibilities of the Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland, health and social services boards and trusts and will aim to set in place the most effective structures for delivering health promotion in Northern Ireland. I hope to receive the report of the review in the near future.


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Private Patients

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many private in-patients and out-patients were treated in NHS hospitals; and what was the total income earned from private patients in each of the last five years, and by health authority.

Mr. Moss: I refer the right hon. Member to the replies I gave the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) on 25 November 1994, Official Report , columns 405 6 .

NHS Beds

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many NHS beds were available in each year since 1978, and for each area of Northern Ireland, in total and by specialty of (a) acute, (b) intensive care, (c) long-term care or geriatric, (d) maternity, (e) paediatric, (f) psychiatric and (g) casualty.

Mr. Moss: Information is not readily available for the period asked nor in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Available information is given in the table.


Year      |Acute    |Non-acute|Total              

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1983      |7,040    |9,936    |16,976             

1984      |6,934    |9,781    |16,715             

1985      |6,960    |9,635    |16,595             

1986      |6,479    |9,483    |15,962             

1987      |6,223    |9,188    |15,411             

1988-89   |5,931    |8,755    |14,686             

1989-90   |5,678    |8,476    |14,154             

1990-91   |5,463    |8,025    |13,488             

1991-92   |5,268    |7,332    |12,600             

1992-93   |5,112    |6,600    |11,712             

1993-94   |4,872    |6,018    |10,890             

Intensive care, paediatrics, and casualty beds    

are included in the acute bed numbers. Non-acute  

comprise geriatrics (geriatric medicine and old   

age psychiatry, maternity (obstetrics, GP         

maternity, sick babies and well babies            

specialties), psychiatric (mental illness, child  

and adolescent psychiatric, psychotherapy and     

forensic psychiatry) and mental handicap beds.    

Hospital Waiting Lists

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were waiting for hospital treatment in January 1995; and how many were waiting in each of the last five years.

Mr. Moss: Information about the total number of patients waiting for treatment in January 1995 is not yet available. The latest available information is for September 1994 and the table shows the number waiting then and at the end of September in each of the previous four years.


Date                |Ordinary admissions|Day cases                              

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September 1994      |22,728             |12,076                                 

September 1993      |25,420             |not available                          

September 1992      |25,977             |not available                          

September 1991      |27,481             |not available                          

September 1990      |26,707             |not available                          

Health Services (Privatisation)

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what NHS services have been privatised and which have been market tested since April 1991.

Mr. Moss: None of the health and personal social services in Northern Ireland have been privatised. Since April 1991, in addition to the main "hotel" services of catering, domestic and laundry, which have been market tested throughout the HPSS, a range of other support services have been market tested within a number of boards and trusts. These were: window cleaning, pest control, grounds maintenance, security, courier, printing, office systems, transport and vehicle maintenance.

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD

Ostriches

Mr. Morley: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer of 12 December, Official Report , column 521 , what regulations allow the slaughter of ostriches on farms; if these regulations allow for slaughter for commercial sale; and what method of slaughter of ostriches on farms are permitted.

Mrs. Browning: The slaughter of ostriches on farms is permitted by the Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1994. These regulations provide for premises slaughtering less than 10,000 birds a year to be exempt from the licensing and detailed hygiene and inspection requirements. Meat produced under this exemption can be sold for human consumption subject to certain restrictions on distance and end-user. The on-farm operation remains subject to the terms of the Food Safety Act and general food hygiene legislation made thereunder.

Current animal welfare legislation does not stipulate slaughter methods for ostriches on farms. The EC legislation to be implemented this year will permit stunning of animals, including birds, by means of a captive bolt, concussion stunner or electronarcosis to be followed as soon as possible by bleeding.

WALES

Independent Schools

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of independent schools operating in Wales for each financial year since 1975.

Mr. Richards: The number of independent schools in Wales for each year since 1975 are given as follows:


Year   |Number       

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1994   |64           

1993   |65           

1992   |68           

1991   |71           

1990   |67           

1989   |66           

1988   |67           

1987   |69           

1986   |69           

1985   |67           

1984   |70           

1983   |73           

1982   |71           

1981   |72           

1980   |68           

1979   |68           

1978   |64           

1977   |67           

1976   |68           

1975   |67           

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the impact of the operation of the assisted places scheme in ensuring the continued operation of the independent schools sector.

Mr. Richards: None. The scheme is intended to widen parental choice when selecting appropriate education for their children. There are some 10,788 pupils in independent schools in Wales, of whom approximately 6.6 per cent.--714--were in the assisted places scheme, as at September 1994.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of the average household income of the pupils applying for assistance under the assisted places scheme; and what is the average household income of pupils covered by the assisted places scheme.

Mr. Richards: Incomes of households are variable and we have made no direct and separate assessment of the average household income of the pupils applying for assistance under the scheme in Wales. Some 714 pupils are currently receiving education at one of the participating schools in Wales; approximately 41 per cent. of parents pay no contribution to fees.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people are currently employed by each of the Welsh training and enterprise councils.

Mr. Redwood: The information requested by the hon. Member is shown in the following table. The figures are taken from the 1993-94 published annual accounts of the Welsh training and enterprise councils.


                 |Number of              

Name of TEC      |employees              

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Gwent            |69                     

Mid Glamorgan    |94                     

North East Wales |110                    

Targed           |68                     

Powys            |23                     

South Glamorgan  |60                     

West Wales       |124                    

                                         

Total            |548                    

NHS Services (Privatisation)

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what NHS services have been privatised and which have been market tested since April 1991.

Mr. Richards: No NHS services have been privatised within Wales. A list covering the range of NHS services which have been market tested since April 1991 is as follows:


NHS Wales services market tested since April 1991                                         

Service                       |Service                                                    

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Agency Staffing               |Medical Gases                                              

Audit                         |Medical Records                                            

Banking Services                                                                          


                                                                                         

Blood Culture Management      |Non-Emergency Transport-                                   

                              |  other                                                    

Building Maintenance          |Painting                                                   

Car Parks                     |Pathology                                                  

Catering                      |Patient Activity Monitoring                                

Cervical Cytology Laboratory  |Patient Hair Dressing Service                              

  Tests                                                                                   

Computer Maintenance          |Patient Shop                                               

Courier/Delivery Services     |Payroll Services                                           

Data Processing               |Personnel Records                                          

Dental Services               |Pest Control                                               

Design Services               |Pharmacy                                                   

Domestic Cleaning             |Portable Appliance Testing                                 

Engineering Maintenance       |Portering                                                  

Equipment Maintenance         |Public Relations                                           

Estates Management            |Recruitment                                                

Grounds and Gardens           |Removal and Storage of                                     

                              |  Furniture                                                

Health and Safety Statutory   |Secretarial/Clerical Services                              

  Compliance                                                                              

Heat and Power                |Security                                                   

Hotel Services                |Staff Residential                                          

                              |  Accommodation                                            

Housekeeping                  |Sterile Supplies                                           

Hygiene Services              |Steriliser Testing                                         

Insurance                     |Telephone Systems                                          

Laundry and Linen Services    |Theatre Services                                           

Legal Services                |Training                                                   

Lift Maintenance              |Transport Hire                                             

Lithotripsy                   |Transport Maintenance                                      

Management Consultancy        |Waste Disposal: Clinical,                                  

                              |  General                                                  

Mechanical and Electrical     |Window Cleaning                                            

  Maintenance                                                                             

Acorns Nurseries

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 10 January, Official Report, column 50, if he will list the breaches of contract by Acorns Nurseries with respect to (a) staffing, (b) quality of child care, (c) health and hygiene, (d) financial management and (e) nursery equipment.


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