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Mr. David Porter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the accident between a minibus and a train on the East Suffolk line at the Brampton level crossing on 21 December 1994; and what changes he is proposing to order for unmanned crossings as a consequence.
Mr. Watts: The collision between the 09.05 Ipswich to Lowestoft Sprinter train and a camper van occurred at about 10.15 am on 21 December on the automatic, open-level crossing at Brampton station, Suffolk. There was no derailment nor any injury to those on board the train. The driver of the van was seriously injured and was taken to hospital; the passengers, six children, were shaken but uninjured. The Health and Safety Executive's railway inspectorate and Railtrack are investigating the circumstances of this collision. There are no plans to alter the protection at this crossing at present. Railtrack and the Health and Safety Executive will continue to conduct publicity campaigns and research on level crossing safety.
Mr. Watts: It is for local authorities to consider the use of rail and other alternatives to road when appraising planning applications for opencast coal extraction. The Government provide grants for the use of rail for freight where justified by environmental and other benefits.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the reason for the delay in replying in full to the hon. Member for Pembroke's question, tabled on 17 November 1994, for which the hon. Member received a holding answer on 23 November 1994.
Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions and on what dates he, Ministers or former Ministers in his Department met persons in Stratford, London, to discuss matters relating to the implications of building a new railway station at Stratford.
Dr. Mawhinney: There have been numerous meetings between present and former Ministers in my Department and persons interested in the implications of providing a station on the channel tunnel rail link at Stratford. I will be
Column 59meeting representatives of the Stratford Promoter Group shortly about their proposals for a station.
Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions and on what dates he or Ministers or former Ministers in his Department informally met representatives of Decision Makers Ltd. to discuss matters relating to the development of a station at Stratford.
Dr. Mawhinney: Neither I nor my ministerial colleagues have held any such meetings to discuss matters relating to the development of a station at Stratford; records of the informal meetings of former Ministers are not kept by my Department.
Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions in the last six months civil servants in his Department met persons representative of interests in Stratford to discuss matters relating to proposals for a new Stratford station.
representatives of Decision Makers Ltd. either formally or informally.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations in (a) Grampian region, (b) Tayside region, (c) Highland region, (d) Scotland and (e) England will be capable of selling tickets to all destinations in the United Kingdom under the proposals published by the Rail Regulator, what is the ratio of stations to head of population for each of these areas, and if he will make a statement.
The Rail Regulator is currently consulting on a range of options for ticket retailing obligations at stations. No decisions on the number of stations required to sell through tickets will be made until the consultations exercise is completed.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: The Welsh Office has not granted preferred carrier status to any airline. The preferred carrier for any particular civil servant's travel depends on the circumstances of the journey concerned and the value for money.
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many farms were visited by Agricultural Development Advisory Service officers for the purposes of carrying out hygiene inspections in Wales in each year since 1990.
Year |Number ------------------------------------------ 1990-91 |2,721 1991-92 |2,888 1992-93 |2,557 1993-94 |2,790 1994-95-to 31 December 1994 |1,939
Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a list of all sites for which approval has been sought for opencast mining operations, or on which opencast mining is currently taking place, indicating the latest estimate of annual tonnage extracted.
Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the total volume of opencast coal mined in Wales for each year since 1975 together with its percentage share of the total volume of coal mined and his comparable estimates for the next five years.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: Figures for the production of opencast coal are not held centrally. However, the County Planning Officers Society has published figures from 1983 84. The figures relating to Wales are as follows:
|Thousand |Percentage of Year |tonnes |UK total -------------------------------------------------------- 1983-84 |1,547 |10.5 1984-85 |1,738 |11.7 1985-86 |2,174 |14.2 1986-87 |1,522 |10.4 1987-88 |1,677 |10.3 1988-89 |1,748 |9.7 1989-90 |2,088 |11.2 1990-91 |1,865 |10.2 1991-92 |2,402 |12.6 1992-93 |2,423 |13.6 1993-94 |2,504 |15.4
The future production of opencast coal in Wales will depend on the commercial plans of the coal operators and planning decisions.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many salaried dentists were employed by each family health service authority in Wales in December 1994; and how many unfilled vacancies there were.
Number of dentists providing NHS treatment<1> FHSA |1990|1991|1992|1993|1994 ---------------------------------------------- Clwyd |111 |105 |102 |114 |117 Dyfed |98 |101 |105 |104 |105 Gwent |125 |139 |135 |135 |138 Gwynedd |69 |65 |66 |67 |66 Mid Glamorgan |134 |123 |133 |126 |125 Powys |34 |36 |35 |34 |33 South Glamorgan |131 |129 |127 |133 |133 West Glamorgan |135 |134 |128 |130 |132 Wales |837 |832 |831 |843 |849 <1>Principals, assistants and vocational trainees. Each dentist is included in the FHSA in which the majority of time is spent.
Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on providing the services of salaried dentists, including all establishment costs, employed by each Welsh family health services authority in 1992 93, 1993 94 and to date in 1994 95.
|1994-95 |1993-94 |(to 31.12.94) |£ |£ -------------------------------------------------------- Dyfed FHSA: |16,553 |17,271 Remuneration |66,789 |28,206 Expenses |83,342 |45,477 Gwynedd FHSA: |18,228 |18,702 Remuneration |83,103 |20,231 Expenses |101,331 |38,933 Powys FHSA: Remuneration |nil |18,920 Expenses |nil |14,620 Wales |184,673 |117,950 Sources: FHSA annual accounts for 1992-93, 1993-94, FHSA FIS returns for December 1994 and FHSA capital budgets for salaried dentists for 1993-94 and 1994-95.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what requests he has from individuals and organisations to issue licences to shoot cormorants and goosanders on any Welsh river other than the River Wye; and what has been his decision in response to those requests.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he requested advice from the Countryside Council for Wales on the issuing of licences for the shooting of cormorants and goosanders on the River Wye.
Mr. Gwilym Jones: Advice and recommendations were provided by Agricultural Development Advisory Service wildlife consultants. These took account of comments by the Countryside Council for Wales and information provided by the National Rivers Authority.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with representatives of Welsh local education authorities and further education colleges concerning competition for students wishing to follow A-level courses.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consideration has been given to the Calonste Gulbenkian Foundation report into discretionary awards; and what action he proposes in the light of its findings.
Mr. Richards: I refer the hon. Member to the reply, given to the hon. Member for Oldham, Central and Royton (Mr. Boswell) on 23 November Official Report , columns 177 98 , by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Further and Higher Education.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the maximum annual discretionary award available to (a) further education students and (b) higher education students in each of the county councils in Wales.
Mr. Richards: The amount and conditions of a discretionary awards for students on courses of further education or courses of higher education which are not designated for mandatory awards purposes are entirely a matter for local education authorities. LEAs may also make discretionary awards to students on designated courses of higher education who are personally ineligible
Column 63to receive mandatory awards. The amount and conditions of such an award must be the same as for a mandatory award for that course.
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much of the total Welsh further education access fund each further education college received on behalf of its students in 1992 93, 1993 94 and to date in 1994 95.
Allocation of access funds Institution |1992-93 |1993-94 |1994-95 |£ |£ |£ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- North East Wales Institute<1> |68,218 |- |- Llandrillo Technical College |17,045 |24,302 |32,304 Welsh College of Horticulture |3,754 |3,961 |5,274 Coleg Llysfasi College |1,064 |1,280 |1,705 Carmarthen College of Technology and Art |19,155 |19,155 |24,955 Pembrokeshire College |9,955 |9,955 |13,047 Coleg Ceredigion |5,504 |6,015 |8,010 Welsh Agricultural College<1> |6,554 |- |- Gwent Tertiary College |38,325 |40,976 |54,566 Gwynedd Technical College<2> |5,349 |7,385 |9,835 Coleg Pencraig<2> |1,408 |2,263 |3,014 Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor |2,471 |3,425 |4,560 Merthyr Tydfil College |4,536 |7,385 |9,835 Aberdare College |5,881 |5,881 |7,217 Bridgend College of Technology |7,033 |7,266 |9,676 Rhondda College |1,001 |1,221 |1,626 Ystrad Mynach College |6,725 |8,427 |11,223 Pontypridd Technical College |7,570 |9,112 |12,135 Pencoed College |1,408 |2,144 |2,855 Coleg Powys |5,067 |5,067 |5,433 Coleg Glan Hafren |10,031 |10,031 |12,631 Barry College |9,978 |9,978 |12,571 Swansea College |7,914 |7,914 |9,636 Gorseinon College |1,720 |1,727 |2,300 Neath College |5,349 |5,349 |6,464 Afan College |1,720 |1,720 |2,221 Coleg Harlech |4,723 |4,723 |5,512 Deeside College<3> |- |11,405 |15,188 St. David's RC 6th Form College<4> |- |417 |555 Yale College<4> |- |715 |18,916 <1> Since 1 April 1993 NEWI and WAC have been incorporated, higher education institutions <2> Amalgamated as Coleg Menai on 1 August 1994 <3> Incorporated 1 April 1993 as a result of transfer of some FE provision from NEWI <4> Joined FEFCW funded sector 1 April 1993
Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many individual applications were made to the further education access fund in 1992 93, 1993 94 and to date in 1994 95; and which further education colleges those students were attending.
Mr. Richards: Further education colleges in Wales received a total of 2,493 applications for assistance from the access funds in academic year 1992 93. Details of the applications received by each further education college are given in the following table. Similar information for academic years 1993 94 and 1994 95 is not yet available.
|Number of students |applying for Institution |in the academic year |1992-93 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North East Wales Institute |649 Llandrillo Technical College |184 Welsh College of Horticulture |28 Coleg Llysfasi College |10 Carmarthen College of Technology and Art |85 Pembrokeshire College |62 Coleg Ceredigion |41 Welsh Agricultural College |48 Gwent Tertiary College |353 Gwynedd Technical College<1> |88 Coleg Pencraig<1> |31 Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor |19 Merthyr Tydfil College |72 Aberdare College |63 Bridgend College of Technology |57 Rhondda College |14 Ystrad Mynach College |116 Pontypridd Technical College |143 Pencoed College |11 Coleg Powys |52 Coleg Glan Hafren |106 Barry College |72 Swansea College |15 Gorseinon College |18 Neath College |20 Afan College |15 Coleg Harlech |121 Total |2,493 <1> Amalgamated as Coleg Menai on 1 August 1994.
Mr. Richards: The Further Education Funding Council pays grants to institutions within the further education sector in Wales so that they may provide financial help to students whose access to further education might be inhibited by financial considerations or who, for whatever reason including physical or other disabilities, face financial difficulties.
In order to be eligible for assistance from the access funds, further education students must satisfy the residence requirement, be following full-time--including sandwich--courses of further or adult education and be aged 19 or over. It is for each institution to decide its own criteria and procedures for considering applications and making payments of access funds to eligible students, subject to the terms and conditions specified by the council and any other guidance from the council.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the number, date and place of the meetings of the general practitioner fundholder steering group since 23 March 1994; what sub-committees have
Column 65been set up and to cover which topics; and if he will make a statement;
(2) if he will list the papers and studies commissioned and actions taken to implement the recommendations of the general practitioner fundholding project management group.
The following topics have been considered:
Steering Group Terms of Reference
Survey of GP practices
Most of this work is continuing.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the initiatives by the general practitioner fundholding project management group, taken in (a) promotion of general practitioner fundholding to non- fundholders, (b) setting up a strategic planning process, (c) meeting the need for financial control and an acceptable method of determining allocations, (d) evaluating the scheme and (e) evaluating the implications of the onset of unitary authorities on the relationship with fundholders.
Mr. Redwood: The GP fundholding project management group has no executive function. Any action required in respect of views or recommendations arising from its work will be a matter for my Department.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details of the executive committee of the general practitioner fundholding project management group and its membership and functions.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the arrangements for the Welsh conference on general practitioner fundholding mentioned in his letter of 23 March 1994 to all general practitioner fundholders.
Mr. Redwood: The conference was held on 14 June 1994. The Under- Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North (Mr. Jones), gave the keynote address and other speeches dealt with matters relating to the scheme. GP Fundholders and representatives from DHAs, FHSAs, and hospitals responded to an invitation widely distributed in the service.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the percentage figures for (a) brand name and (b) generic prescribing for the average of all general practitioner fundholders in Wales in (i) the second year before they became fundholders, (ii) the year before they became fundholders, (iii) the first year after they became fundholders and (iv) the average of each subsequent year;
(2) if he will list the percentage brand name and generic prescribing ratio for the average of all general practitioner fundholders in (a) the second year before they became fundholders, (b) the year before they became fundholders, (c) the first year of fundholding and (d) the average for all subsequent years;
Column 66(3) if he will list the average value of capital projects at the surgery premises of (a) general practitioner fundholders and (b) non fundholding general practitioners, in each of the past three years.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the percentage figures for (a) brand name and (b) generic prescribing for (i) general practitioner fundholders and (ii) non general practitioner fundholders in each family health service authority in Wales for each of the past three years for which figures are available.
|October|October|October |1992 |1993 |1994 -------------------------------------------------- Clwyd Fundholders |40.89 |50.00 |53.66 FHSA |40.23 |44.28 |47.23 Dyfed Fundholders |50.87 |52.87 |51.62
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will specify the policy objectives of the general practitioner fundholding project management group, relating to the NHS in Wales and the other developments relevant to the development of the general practitioner fundholding scheme.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to institute a full valuation of the surgery premises at (a) general practitioner fundholders and (b) non fundholders; what estimate his Department has made of the average value of surgery premises of (i) general practitioner fundholders and (ii) non fundholders; what estimate his Department has made of the rate of change of that average capital value of (1) general practitioner fundholders and (2) non fundholders' surgery premises; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Redwood: General practitioners are independent self employed contractors in the NHS. Under their terms of service, they themselves are required to provide adequate practice premises from which to see their patients. The capital value of, and investment in, the premises they own is a matter for them, and their interest in any premises they may rent is between them and their landlord. It would not be appropriate therefore for me to institute a full valuation of their practice premises.
Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list short-term loans given to each NHS trust in Wales, since its inception, stating what the interest rate was, what the term was, if security was requested and provided and for what purpose the loan was requested; and if he will detail any requests that were refused and the purpose for which they were sought.
|Loan |Interest rate|Term Trust |(£000) |per cent. |(days) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nevill Hall and District |220 |5.2 |10 |230 |5.3 |7 |175 |5.2 |10 |175 |5.3 |7 |175 |5.2 |12 |175 |5.3 |7 Pembrokeshire |150 |5.2 |14 |100 |5.3 |7 |300 |5.7 |10 |200 |5.8 |11 Morriston |1,029 |5.1 |92 |1,162 |5.2 |124 |800 |5.3 |31 |850 |5.4 |41 Gwynedd Community Health |580 |5.0 |29 |150 |6.2 |111 |200 |6.4 |99 Bridgend and District |1,000 |6.2 |121 |1,000 |6.3 |91 South East Wales Ambulance |500 |5.3 |183 |500 |6.2 |155 North Wales Ambulance |130 |5.1 |60 Derwen |105 |5.2 |13 Rhondda Healthcare |300 |5.2 |14 Clwydian Community Care |900 |5.3 |178 |500 |6.0 |182 Velindre |15 |5.2 |14 Gwynedd Hospitals |500 |5.3 |10
Security is required only in the case of commercial loans. All short term loans to NHS trusts in Wales have been provided by my Department for financial management purposes. No such applications have been refused.