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Mr Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend his review of the charge of murder to include the case of female victims of domestic violence who kill their partners.

Mr. Maclean: No. I have made it clear that the review will look at the law of murder specifically in the light of the concerns expressed by the House of Lords in the case involving Private Clegg. That case related to the use of lethal force in the maintenance of law and order.

Market Testing

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid thus far to KPMG management consultants as a result of their work on the market testing of the internal research function of his Department.

Mr. Howard: KPMG Peat Marwick management consultants have been paid for 10 days' work as part of the scoping study for the market test of the internal research function of the Home Office research and planning unit. Information on the costs of individual contracts with consultants is commercial in confidence and it is not the practice to disclose these details.

Mr. George Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the scoping study into the proposed market test of internal research function of the research and planning unit.

Mr. Howard: I expect the scoping study report to be completed towards the end of February. It is not the general practice to publish market-testing scoping study reports, which are internal working documents and can contain commercially sensitive information about potential service suppliers.

Drivers (Visual Acuity)

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions of drivers failing to satisfy the required standards of visual acuity there have been in each of the last five years.

Mr. Maclean [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The information requested is not available centrally.

SCOTLAND

Ancillary Workers

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many ancillary workers were directly employed by health boards and NHS trusts in Scotland; and how many were employed by private contractors in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The number of ancillary staff directly employed by health boards and NHS trusts is shown in the table. Information about ancillary staff employed by private contractors is not collected centrally.


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Ancillary staff employed in the NHSIS: at   

30 September                                

                      |Whole time           

           |Headcount |equivalent           

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1990       |24,113    |16,181.3             

1991       |22,686    |15,021.6             

1992       |21,493    |13,974.2             

1993       |20,583    |13,286.4             

1994<1>    |19,133    |12,285.1             

<1> Provisional at 30 September 1994.       

Scottish Homes

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) guidance and (b) direction he has issued to Scottish Homes to abandon its role as landlord; and if he will place copies of these documents in the Library.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Under section 3A of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988, Scottish Homes' power to dispose of its housing stock may be exercised only with the consent of my right hon. Friend. He issued guidance to Scottish Homes in February 1989 and February 1991, following which Scottish Homes published its own procedures for the large-scale voluntary disposal of its stock. Copies of these guidance documents, entitled "Scottish Homes: Arrangements for Evaluating the Suitability of Proposals for Acquisition of Stock by Other Landlords: Note by SDD" and "Guidance on Scottish Homes Stock Disposals: February 1991", are available in the Library. No directions have been issued to Scottish Homes on this matter.

NHS Trust Chief Executives

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the chief executives in each NHS trust in Scotland earned in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to monitor the level of such earnings.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: This information is not held centrally. NHS trusts are now required to publish in their annual reports information about the remuneration of chief executives.

Housing

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many tenant-led housing associations have been successfully established from previous Scottish Homes tenants; and how many tenants and how many non- tenants are on the management committees of each.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information requested is a matter for Scottish Homes. I have asked its chairman, Sir James Mellon, to write to the hon. Member.

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many ballots have been held for Scottish Homes tenants under its large-scale stock transfer procedure; who conducted these ballots for Scottish Homes; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the full ballot result in each case.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information requested is a matter for Scottish Homes. I have asked its chairman, Sir James Mellon, to write to the hon. Member and he has agreed to arrange for a copy of his reply to be placed in the Library.


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Nursery Education

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many three and four-year-olds were receiving nursery education in (a) Scotland and (b) each


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local education authority area in Scotland in September 1994.

Mr. Lang: The information requested for September 1994 is not yet available. The latest available information is given in the following table.


                       Education authority nursery schools and                                                                                            

                       departments; independent schools with                                                                                              

                       nursery departments                         Private nursery schools                                                                

                       Number of children <1> as at September      Number of children <2> as at March                                                     

                       1993 aged:                                  1994 aged:                                                                             

                      |3 years              |4 years              |3 years              |4 years                                                          

                                                                                                                                                          

Borders               |38                   |454                  |138                  |76                                                               

Central               |732                  |2,267                |76                   |18                                                               

Dumfries and Galloway |165                  |1,051                |19                   |7                                                                

Fife                  |752                  |3,648                |67                   |28                                                               

Grampian              |918                  |3,964                |409                  |231                                                              

Highland              |114                  |720                  |203                  |188                                                              

Lothian               |3,146                |6,612                |268                  |198                                                              

Strathclyde           |6,645                |12,659               |1,283                |1,188                                                            

Tayside               |1,064                |2,711                |518                  |311                                                              

Orkney                |37                   |172                  |-                    |-                                                                

Shetland              |84                   |180                  |-                    |-                                                                

Western Isles         |-                    |-                    |-                    |-                                                                

                                                                                                                                                          

Scotland              |13,693               |34,438               |2,981                |2,245                                                            

<1> Age as at December 1993.<2> Age as at March 1994. Private nursery schools registered with local authority social work departments.                    

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much expenditure was incurred by each local education authority in Scotland on the provision of nursery education in (a) 1991 92, (b) 1992 93 and (c) 1993 94.

Mr. Lang: Net current expenditure by education authorities on nursery education in 1991 92 and 1992 93 is given in the table. These figures exclude the costs of school meals, home-to-school transport and central administration. Comparable figures for expenditure in 1993 94 are not yet available.


£000                                          

                      |1991-92|1992-93        

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Border                |449    |456            

Central               |2,585  |2,838          

Dumfries and Galloway |476    |833            

Fife                  |3,156  |3,484          

Grampian              |4,027  |4,935          

Highland              |909    |902            

Lothian               |9,611  |10,433         

Strathclyde           |25,698 |27,698         

Tayside               |3,915  |4,338          

Orkney                |33     |96             

Shetland              |307    |337            

Western Isles         |-      |-              

                                              

Total                 |51,166 |56,350         

Local Government Finance

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will express in both cash and constant price terms the amount of capital allocated, in terms of consent to borrow, to local authorities for schools buildings in every year since 1979.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Local authorities in Scotland receive an allocation of consent to incur liability to meet capital expenditure on educational buildings. Within this overall level of consent they are free to


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determine which educational building projects will proceed. They are also free to transfer consent between certain other capital programmes and to augment their consent levels in other ways, for example by utilising resources raised from the disposal of assets or by funding capital projects from current revenue. Information on the level of the total capital allocations for education, and the assumed schools element included in them, is given in the table.


            Total allocation      Assumed schools                 

            for                                                   

            educational           element                         

            building                                              

           |At cash   |At 1994-95|At cash   |At 1994-95           

Year       |prices    |prices    |prices    |prices               

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1979-80    |53,605    |134,240   |49,810    |124,736              

1980-81    |56,678    |119,959   |53,813    |113,895              

1981-82    |62,213    |120,059   |59,988    |115,765              

1982-83    |53,669    |96,686    |49,579    |89,317               

1983-84    |45,755    |78,775    |40,940    |70,485               

1984-85    |40,310    |66,080    |36,623    |60,036               

1985-86    |50,275    |78,132    |42,950    |66,748               

1986-87    |47,480    |71,628    |39,785    |60,019               

1987-88    |53,175    |76,164    |44,279    |63,422               

1988-89    |61,315    |82,315    |52,069    |69,902               

1989-90    |65,555    |82,261    |54,390    |68,251               

1990-91    |62,619    |72,748    |52,055    |60,475               

1991-92    |73,291    |80,112    |61,049    |66,731               

1992-93    |85,647    |90.033    |75,355    |79,214               

1993-94    |78,489    |80,059    |75,510    |77,020               

1994-95    |71,489    |71,489    |68,510    |68,510               

Note:                                                             

1. The total allocations for educational building include         

elements for further education from 1979-80 to 1992-93 and for    

community education from 1985-86                                  

Students

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the percentage increase or decrease in real terms for spending per capita on students (a) at universities and


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(b) in further and adult education from 1982 83 to 1992 93.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 3 February 1995]: Per capita spending--Universities Grants Committee and Universities Funding Council grants for teaching and research, and from tuition fees--for students on full-time courses who were charged fees at the home rate decreased by 27 per cent. in real terms between 1982 83 and 1992 93 in the then eight universities in Scotland. Over this period, the number of students in these universities increased by 42 per cent. The estimate of spending does not include spending by the research councils, funding provided for maintenance and loans, or fees paid by part-time and overseas students and does not take account of changes in funding arrangements, such as the transfer of research funds


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within the dual support system from UFC to the research councils. Similar information on expenditure per student in further and adult education is not available.

Generic Prescribing

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the proportion of generic prescribing for each family health services authority, divided by (a) general practitioner fundholders and (b) non- fundholders in each of the last three years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 3 February 1995]: This information is not available in the form requested except at disproportionate cost. The table offers a partial response. It gives an estimate of generic prescribing by general practitioner fundholders and non -fundholders based on a full analysis of one month in each of the years compared with a full analysis for all prescribers for each complete year.


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                       Percentage                                                                     

                       generic                                                                        

                       prescriptions                                                                  

                      |1992-93        |1992-93        |1993-94        |1993-94                        

Health boards         |Fundholders    |Non-fundholders|Fundholders    |Non-fundholders                

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Argyll and Clyde      |40.91          |35.55          |45.16          |39.51                          

Ayrshire and Arran    |39.37          |33.96          |43.08          |37.17                          

Borders               |-              |44.83          |54.93          |49.44                          

Dumfries and Galloway |-              |37.01          |40.42          |39.79                          

Fife                  |43.19          |38.70          |45.02          |41.06                          

Forth Valley          |37.44          |39.28          |41.15          |43.27                          

Grampian              |40.45          |38.73          |44.34          |42.78                          

Greater Glasgow       |42.83          |39.50          |46.67          |43.13                          

Highland              |38.95          |37.93          |41.81          |40.87                          

Lanarkshire           |38.67          |33.25          |43.51          |37.73                          

Lothian               |44.07          |43.24          |47.90          |47.51                          

Orkney                |-              |39.29          |-              |42.38                          

Shetland              |-              |35.75          |-              |36.68                          

Tayside               |47.97          |41.25          |51.92          |45.04                          

Western Isles         |-              |46.35          |-              |49.27                          

                                                                                                      

Scotland              |41.38          |38.97          |45.49          |42.37                          

Pre-school Education

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pre- school education places were available in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland at the latest available date; and in each case what percentage these figures represent of the total number of the children in the relevant age group.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The available information given is for children attending education authority nursery schools, nursery departments of primary schools, nursery departments of independent schools and private nursery schools.


                   Education                                                                                

                   authority nursery                                                                        

                   schools and                                                                              

                   departments;                                                                             

                   nursery departments                                                                      

                   of                                                                                       

                   independent                         Private nursery                                      

                   schools<1>                          schools<2>                                           

                  |Number attending |Percentage of    |Number attending |Percentage of                      

                  |at September 1993|population<3>    |at March 1994    |population<3>                      

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Strathclyde       |19,661           |33.9             |2,864            |4.9                                

Scotland          |49,194           |38.6             |6,982            |5.5                                

<1> Includes all those under five years old attending independent schools with nursery departments.         

<2> Registered with local authority social work departments. Includes all children aged under five.         

<3> Based on the mid-1993 estimates of the three and four-year-old population prepared by the General       

Register Office for Scotland.                                                                               

Long-stay Mental Hospitals

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) which long-stay mental hospitals in (a)


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Strathclyde and (b) Scotland as a whole do not yet have an agreed closure plan; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what are the closure dates of the long-stay mental hospitals in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland as a whole;


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(3) what plans he has to close remaining long-stay mental hospitals in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland as a whole.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The Secretary of State has announced approval to the closure of Gartloch hospital and Woodilee hospital, in 1996; Ravenspark hospital, this year and Gogarburn hospital in 1999. No other long-stay mental hospital in Scotland has an agreed closure plan.

The pace of change in long-stay sector is directed by patient needs. The organisation of long-stay care and care services in the community are determined by continuous joint assessment of local needs involving health boards and local authorities. The aim is to secure the most effective package of services, both in hospital and the community, that meet the specific needs of patients and carers.

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many long -stay mental hospitals remain open.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: Numbers of mental hospitals currently open which have patients resident for more than one year are shown in the table:


             Type of Hospital                               

            |Mental     |Psychiatric|Mental                 

            |illness    |unit       |handicap               

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

Scotland                                                    

Total       |33         |37         |23                     

Source:                                                     

Information and statistics division, NHS in Scotland.       

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many long -stay mental hospitals have closed in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland as a whole in each of the past four years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: Closure dates in the past four years of mental hospitals which had patients resident for more than one year are listed in the table:


                      |Closure date     |Type of hospital                   

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Strathclyde                                                                 

Dunlop House                                                                

  Hospital            |3 December 1991  |(mental handicap)                  

Stoneyetts Hospital   |19 February 1992 |(mental illness)                   

Bellefield Hospital,                                                        

  Lanark              |1 December 1993  |(mental illness)                   

                                                                            

Rest of Scotland                                                            

County Hospital,                                                            

  Stornoway           |1 October 1992   |(mental illness)                   

House of Daviot                                                             

  Hospital, Inverurie |31 March 1994    |(mental illness)                   

                                                                            

Source:                                                                     

Information and statistics division, NHS Scotland.                          

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of patients in long-stay mental hospitals in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland as a whole.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: Information on the number of patients who have been resident in mental hospitals for one year or more is shown in the table:


Residents in hospital as at 31 December                                                                                

whose stay is one year or more                                                                                         

                 |Hospital type   |1990            |1991            |1992            |1993                             

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Strathclyde                       |5,362           |5,092           |4,779           |4,512                            

                 |Mental Illness  |3,445           |3,315           |2,934           |2,671                            

                 |Psychiatric Unit|280             |283             |348             |508                              

                 |Mental Handicap |1,637           |1,494           |1,497           |1,333                            

                                                                                                                       

Scotland                          |12,154          |11,560          |11,115          |10,733                           

                 |Mental Illness  |7,569           |7,275           |6,798           |6,463                            

                 |Psychiatric Unit|627             |723             |871             |1,056                            

                 |Mental Handicap |3,958           |3,562           |3,446           |3,214                            

Source:                                                                                                                

The information and statistics division, NHS in Scotland.                                                              

Health Care (Strathclyde)

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total cost of all health care provided outwith the NHS in each year since 1979 at 1979 constant prices, in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The table has been derived from health board annual accounts and contains costs of health care purchased from the private sector by (a) health boards within the Strathclyde region area and (b) all health boards in Scotland. No figures are held centrally by the national health service for other health care provided by the private sector.


                 |Argyll and Clyde|Ayr and Arran   |Greater Glasgow |Lanarkshire                                                        

                 |health board    |health board    |health board    |health board    |Total           |All Scotland                     

Year             |£000s           |£000s           |£000s           |£000s           |£000s           |£000s                            

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1979-80          |722             |0               |3,421           |514             |4,657           |7,241                            

1980-81          |772             |0               |3,008           |124             |3,904           |7,437                            

1981-82          |707             |0               |2,396           |554             |3,657           |7,019                            

1982-83          |860             |5               |1,885           |524             |3,274           |6,358                            

1983-84          |681             |0               |1,444           |476             |2,601           |5,855                            

1984-85          |794             |0               |969             |435             |2,198           |5,485                            

1985-86          |731             |11              |899             |408             |2,049           |5,141                            

1986-87          |755             |48              |930             |460             |2,193           |5,299                            

1987-88          |749             |84              |1,129           |479             |2,441           |5,675                            

1988-89          |717             |69              |1,171           |550             |2,507           |5,753                            

1989-90          |803             |179             |1,396           |573             |2,951           |6,403                            

1990-91          |851             |243             |1,450           |590             |3,134           |6,979                            

1991-92          |688             |157             |2,683           |662             |4,190           |8,406                            

1992-93          |731             |5               |3,212           |1,046           |4,994           |9,015                            

1993-94          |434             |613             |3,148           |1,069           |5,264           |6,621                            

Note:                                                                                                                                   

1. Figures have been calculated at 1979 prices using the GDP deflator.                                                                  

Winter Death Rate

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the excess winter death rate in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland in each of the past 10 years.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: There is no universally accepted definition of excess winter deaths and it would not be possible to calculate a rate for these. The total numbers of deaths by month are given in the table.


Deaths in Scotland and Strathclyde by month, 1984-1993                                       

                |1984  |1985  |1986  |1987  |1988  |1989  |1990  |1991  |1992  |1993         

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(a) Strathclyde                                                                              

January         |2,829 |2,970 |3,485 |2,630 |2,569 |2,711 |3,243 |2,662 |2,616 |2,641        

February        |2,532 |2,497 |2,784 |2,397 |2,496 |2,279 |2,299 |2,340 |2,342 |2,314        

March           |2,690 |2,704 |2,384 |2,772 |2,508 |2,487 |2,380 |2,252 |2,482 |2,938        

April           |2,716 |2,655 |2,674 |2,408 |2,351 |2,254 |2,451 |2,573 |2,327 |2,449        

May             |2,537 |2,376 |2,277 |2,186 |2,458 |2,485 |2,363 |2,328 |2,205 |2,287        

June            |2,063 |2,052 |2,297 |2,389 |2,210 |2,297 |2,130 |2,078 |2,361 |2,292        

July            |2,235 |2,357 |2,153 |2,206 |2,004 |2,146 |2,192 |2,276 |2,105 |2,136        

August          |2,169 |2,097 |2,133 |2,091 |2,367 |2,246 |2,178 |2,073 |2,169 |2,286        

September       |2,062 |2,043 |2,371 |2,152 |2,174 |2,103 |1,900 |1,982 |2,119 |2,220        

October         |2,458 |2,480 |2,223 |2,396 |2,185 |2,358 |2,381 |2,567 |2,324 |2,305        

November        |2,375 |2,434 |2,136 |2,430 |2,397 |2,728 |2,282 |2,328 |2,401 |2,967        

December        |2,626 |2,927 |2,647 |2,804 |2,524 |3,986 |2,527 |2,601 |2,597 |2,881        

                                                                                             

Total           |29,292|29,592|29,564|28,861|28,243|30,080|28,326|28,060|28,048|29,716       


             |1984  |1985  |1986  |1987  |1988  |1989  |1990  |1991  |1992  |1993         

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(b) Scotland                                                                              

January      |6,126 |6,324 |7,456 |5,741 |5,609 |5,976 |6,884 |6,014 |5,894 |5,762        

February     |5,376 |5,383 |5,774 |5,197 |5,385 |4,944 |4,958 |5,218 |5,274 |4,913        

March        |5,723 |5,759 |5,226 |5,943 |5,539 |5,507 |5,091 |5,046 |5,343 |6,084        

April        |5,827 |5,685 |5,743 |5,112 |5,088 |4,837 |5,276 |5,451 |5,040 |5,361        

May          |5,249 |5,191 |4,943 |4,704 |5,387 |5,328 |5,144 |4,974 |4,666 |5,049        

June         |4,476 |4,462 |4,900 |5,109 |4,825 |5,010 |4,685 |4,466 |4,962 |4,948        

July         |4,783 |5,072 |4,730 |4,758 |4,488 |4,689 |4,805 |4,861 |4,684 |4,571        

August       |4,642 |4,613 |4,471 |4,585 |5,075 |4,823 |4,734 |4,500 |4,630 |4,921        

September    |4,406 |4,669 |5,072 |4,753 |4,689 |4,622 |4,198 |4,453 |4,710 |4,722        

October      |5,280 |5,201 |4,797 |5,137 |4,891 |5,158 |5,211 |5,328 |4,960 |4,930        

November     |4,947 |5,302 |4,659 |5,191 |5,329 |5,569 |4,960 |5,024 |5,117 |6,531        

December     |5,510 |6,306 |5,696 |5,784 |5,652 |8,564 |5,581 |5,706 |5,657 |6,257        

                                                                                          

Total        |62,345|63,967|63,467|62,014|61,957|65,017|61,527|61,041|60,937|64,049       

ading Hypothermia Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people died of hypothermia other than when engaged in outdoor pursuits in (a) Strathclyde and (b) Scotland in each of the past 10 years.

Lord James Douglas Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: It is not possible to identify those


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hypothermia deaths where the deceased had been engaged in outdoor pursuits.

Numbers are already published regularly--in the Registrar-General's four- weekly "Vital Statistics Return", available in the Library--of total deaths with any mention of hypothermia on the death certificate. Figures for Scotland and Strahtclyde are given.


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Deaths with any mention of hypothermia on the death certificate, 1984  

to 1993. Strathclyde and Scotland:                                     

                |1984|1985|1986|1987|1988|1989|1990|1991|1992|1993     

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(a) Strathclyde |73  |90  |101 |80  |72  |68  |67  |43  |47  |64       

(b) Scotland    |175 |231 |208 |153 |138 |150 |136 |99  |115 |141      

Public Bodies

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland to how many agencies and non-departmental public bodies his Department makes appointments; how many appointments have been made to these bodies; and what was their total budget in each of the last five years.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The non- departmental public bodies sponsored by my Department to which I make appointments are listed in the Cabinet Office annual publication "Public Bodies 1994" which was published today and copies of which are held in the Library of the House. The information includes the number of appointments I make to each body, the gross expenditure of the body and the amount funded by central Government. Further information on the financial affairs


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of each executive non-departmental public body may be obtained from the annual report of the body.

I appoint two non-executive directors to the board of the Scottish Prison Service and one non-executive director to the management board of registers of Scotland.

Details of my responsibilities with respect to the appointments of individual chief executives for each of my eight executive agencies can be found in the agency framework documents, copies of which are held in the Library of the House.

Information about the running costs of each of my executive agencies is set out in the table. Agencies came into being on various dates during this period. To give a consistent time series a full five-year run of figures has been prepared irrespective of when the agencies were created. The table shows outturn expenditure since information is not readily available over the full five-year period on a budget basis.


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£ millions                                                                               

                                         |1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

                                         |Outturn|Outturn|Outturn|Outturn|Outturn        

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(a) Historic Scotland                    |8.6    |9.8    |11.4   |12.7   |12.6           

(b) Scottish Agricultural Science Agency |3.6    |4.0    |4.0    |4.5    |4.7            

(c) Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency |9.5    |10.0   |10.8   |11.2   |12.1           

(d) Scottish Office Pensions Agency      |3.8    |3.9    |4.0    |4.2    |4.5            

(e) Student Awards Agency for Scotland   |1.7    |1.9    |2.1    |2.3    |2.6            

(f) Scottish Prison Service              |97.9   |105.0  |119.4  |114.8  |135.3          

(g) Registers of Scotland                |14.6   |20.8   |26.3   |28.6   |27.5           

(h) Scottish Record Office               |2.9    |3.3    |3.8    |4.1    |4.0            

Council Housing

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many council house tenants have brought their homes under the right-to-buy scheme; and how many subsequently sold their homes in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The most recent information on right-to-buy sales is published in the statistical bulletin HSG/1994/9 a copy of which is available in the Library. Information on the resale of dwellings bought under the right-to- buy scheme is not held centrally.

Special Transitional Grant

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give by regional and island authority the amount of special transitional grant for 1993 94 spent on (a) nursing home placements, (b) residential home placements and (c) non-residential services.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: Local authorities in Scotland have received funding of £85.8 million in 1993 94 to support their new community care responsibilities. The comparable figures for 1994 95 and 1995 96 are £176 million and £241 million respectively. These include


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resources equivalent to the special transitional grant which applies in England only. Outturn expenditure data for 1993 94 are not yet available.

Progress in Partnership"

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 26 January, to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Robertson), Official Report , columns 353 54 , if it is his intention to create a priority partnership area in (a) Greenock and Port Glasgow or (b) Inverclyde as a whole; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: In announcing the outcome of the review of urban regeneration policy in Scotland my right hon. Friend noted that further consultation on the implementation of the new arrangements would be conducted. Once this process is completed, we plan to issue detailed guidance to local authorities and other local partners on the operation of the new arrangements and then enter into discussions with these bodies on a range of matters, including the selection of priority areas. An announcement will then be made, probably later this year, on the designation of the first priority partnership areas. The needs of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Inverclyde as a whole will be considered, alongside those of other areas, during this process.


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Population Estimates

Mr. Canavan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the total number of people in Scotland over the age of 65 years in 2001.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The population of Scotland aged 65 years and over is projected to be 805,000 in 2001.

Breast Cancer

Mr. Chisholm: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of operations for breast cancer in 1993 94 were performed in hospitals where (a) more than 100 such operations took place, (b) between 50 and 100 took place and (c) fewer than 50 took place.


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 6 February 1995]: The estimated number of discharges from Scottish NHS hospitals in 1993 94 following an operation for breast cancer is given in the following table.


Estimated discharges from Scottish hospitals following an                     

operation for breast cancer for the financial year                            

ending March 1994<1>                                                          

                                                        |Percentage           

                                                        |of total             

                                             |Frequency |cases                

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Female Breast Cancer                                                          

Hospitals with frequency over 100 cases      |3,996     |75                   

Hospitals with frequency between 50 and 100  |929       |18                   

Hospitals with frequency between 0 and 49    |370       |7                    

Total cases                                  |5,295     |100                  

                                                                              

Male Breast Cancer                                                            

Hospitals with frequency between 0 and 49    |31        |100                  

<1> 1994 Dates are provisional.                                               


 

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