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NHS Trusts

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which hospital and related trusts have introduced elements of performance-related salaries for their employees.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer6 February 1995]: All NHS trusts in Scotland have introduced elements of

performance-related salaries for some of their staff.

Agri-environmental Regulations

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken to meet the EEC agri-environmental regulations; and what funds have been made available for their implementation.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 7 February 1995]: The Scottish agri-environment programme introduced under Council regulation EEC 2078/92 includes the extension of the environmentally sensitive area scheme and new schemes to encourage the conservation of heather moorland, the creation of wildlife habitats, organic farming, and informal recreation in ESAs and on set-aside land. The only scheme not yet introduced is the heather moorland scheme and this is scheduled for the

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spring. Expenditure on all these schemes is planned to rise to £12 million by 1996 97.


Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent during 1994 on recruiting staff to his Department and its executive agencies; and how many staff were recruited.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 27 January 1995]: In 1994, the Scottish Office and its executive agencies recruited 158 staff at a total cost of £416,000. This excludes the recruitment of casual, temporary and seasonal staff. It also excludes the cost of executive search agencies which was the subject of a separate answer on 20 December 1994, Official Report , column 1055 .

Next Steps Agencies

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set out for each of the next steps agencies in his Department, whether they have acquired their own headquarters buildings and, if so, at what purchase cost or annual rental; how many support staff they have required which were not required when their operations were within his Department; how many of them published periodical journals and at what annual cost; how many have fleets of executive cars or single executive cars and at what annual cost; how many have specifically designed logos and at what cost; how many have corporate clothing and at what cost; and what is the cost of specifically designed and printed corporate stationery.

Mr. Lang [holding answer 25 January 1995]: These are matters which are delegated to agency chief executives and I have asked them to reply. Copies of their letters will be placed in the House Library.

Registers of Scotland was a separate Government Department in its own right and the Scottish Record Office was an associated department of the Scottish Office and as such neither was part of the Scottish Office before they became executive agencies.

When functions were transferred from the core of the Scottish Office to the agencies, so was the necessary funding; staffing levels in the Scottish Office and its agencies have decreased over the four years since the establishment of the first Executive Agency in my Department.

The record of agencies in improving effectiveness and efficiency in government is summarised in the "Next Steps Review 1994," Cm 2750.

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