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Special Advisers

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the severance payment made to special advisers in each of the last five years indicating (a) the amount and (b) the date.

Dr. Mawhinney [holding answer 1 February 1995]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 February 1995, column 69 .

ENVIRONMENT

Homelessness

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 31 January, Official Report , columns 574 75, if he will list the contribution each of the 10 authorities receives from homelessness indicators in the SSA formula, in descending order.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Homelessness is one of a large number of general indicators that are included within composite indices in the personal social services and all other services service blocks. It is the overall value of an index which is important in determining an authority's SSA and not the value of an individual indicator within an index. Subject to that qualification, the 10 authorities which have the highest contribution from homelessness indicators, and the amounts, are:


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                             |£ millions           

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Birmingham City Council      |13.323               

Manchester City Council      |9.807                

London Borough of Lambeth    |6.356                

London Borough of Hackney    |5.789                

London Borough of Southwark  |5.319                

London Borough of Islington  |4.891                

Walsall Metropolitan Borough |4.775                

Bradford City Council        |4.003                

London Borough of Haringey   |3.944                

Westminster City Council     |3.519                

Lord Government Finance

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what additional amount was needed on Nottingham's 1995 96 local government finance settlement in order to keep pace with inflation; and what further amount beyond this was allocated.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Adjusted for changes of function, the increase in total standard spending for


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England between 1994 95 and 1995 96 is 0.8 per cent. The Treasury forecast for underlying inflation for the same period is 2.5 per cent. The distribution of resources to individual local authorities is dependent on needs assessments, which vary from year to year.

Departmental Staff

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the numbers and grades of staff, broken down by programme where possible, allocated and to be allocated by each department to each Government office for the regions, in each of the financial years 1993 94, 1994 95 and 1995 96.

Sir Paul Beresford: The number of staff by grade and Department in each Government office for the regions as at 31 January 1995 is shown in the table below. There are no equivalent figures for 1993 94, since the Government offices came into being only in April 1994. Staffing arrangements in the Offices in 1995 96 have yet to be finalised. Details will be available in the Government office MINIS returns, which will be published in the spring.


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         |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-        

         |NE   |NE   |NE   |NE   |NW   |NW   |NW   |NW   |M    |M    |M    |M          

Grade    |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED         

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

G2       |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

G3       |1    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-          

G4       |-    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

G5       |1    |2    |-    |1    |-    |2    |-    |1    |1    |2    |-    |1          

G6       |2    |1    |-    |2    |2    |1    |-    |3    |-    |-    |-    |1          

G7       |7    |9    |1    |11   |8    |17   |2    |16   |3    |4    |1    |6          

SEO+ EQV |14   |10   |1    |4    |13   |11   |1    |4    |2    |5    |-    |3          

HEO+EQV  |24   |14   |4    |10   |22   |22   |1    |20   |13   |10   |1    |8          

EO+EQV   |32   |21   |7    |10   |31   |34   |2    |14   |12   |17   |-    |8          

AO+EQV   |26   |24   |7    |12   |31   |46   |1    |19   |8    |20   |1    |8          

AA+EQV   |21   |8    |1    |2    |18   |23   |-    |4    |9    |5    |-    |2          

SGB1     |-    |1    |-    |-    |1    |2    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

SGB2     |3    |8    |-    |-    |7    |6    |-    |2    |2    |1    |-    |-          

TECH     |-    |1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

                                                                                       

Total    |131  |99   |21   |52   |135  |164  |7    |83   |50   |65   |3    |37         


        |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-  |GO-        

        |YH   |YH   |YH   |YH   |WM   |WM   |WM   |WM   |EM   |EM   |EM   |EM         

Grade   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED         

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

G2      |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

G3      |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |1    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-    |-          

G4      |1    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-          

G5      |-    |2    |-    |1    |-    |3    |-    |1    |1    |-    |-    |1          

G6      |2    |-    |-    |1    |2    |-    |-    |2    |2    |1    |-    |2          

G7      |8    |9    |2    |12   |7    |11   |1    |12   |5    |9    |2    |12         

SEO+EQV |8    |21   |1    |5    |15   |13   |1    |3    |8    |10   |1    |4          

HEO+EQV |25   |20   |2    |16   |28   |19   |2    |17   |21   |15   |1    |12         

EO+EQV  |25   |24   |1    |22   |32   |23   |2    |12   |22   |16   |3    |12         

AO+EQV  |19   |24   |2    |11   |42   |37   |1    |13   |16   |35   |1    |18         

AA+EQV  |19   |25   |-    |8    |30   |13   |2    |9    |17   |9    |-    |3          

SGB1    |1    |1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |2    |-    |-          

SGB2    |3    |8    |-    |1    |3    |-    |-    |1    |3    |6    |-    |-          

TECH    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

                                                                                      

Total   |111  |134  |8    |78   |160  |120  |9    |71   |96   |104  |8    |64         


        |ER   |ER   |ER   |ER   |SW   |SW   |SW   |SW         

Grade   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED         

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

G2      |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

G3      |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |1    |-    |-          

G4      |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

G5      |1    |2    |-    |1    |1    |1    |-    |1          

G6      |-    |1    |1    |2    |1    |3    |1    |2          

G7      |3    |11   |2    |11   |4    |7    |1    |10         

SEO+EQV |3    |8    |1    |5    |4    |8    |-    |6          

HEO+EQV |11   |8    |1    |12   |14   |16   |2    |7          

EO+EQV  |14   |19   |2    |12   |18   |18   |3    |16         

AO+EQV  |18   |13   |3    |4    |26   |18   |2    |13         

AA+EQV  |7    |9    |-    |5    |18   |5    |-    |5          

SGB1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

SGB2    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

TECH    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

                                                              

Total   |57   |71   |10   |53   |86   |77   |9    |60         


        |SE   |SE   |SE   |SE   |L    |L    |L    |L          

Grade   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED   |DTI  |DOE  |DOT  |ED         

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

G2      |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |1    |-    |-          

G3      |-    |-    |1    |-    |-    |1    |1    |-          

G4      |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

G5      |1    |2    |1    |1    |1    |4    |2    |1          

G6      |1    |-    |-    |3    |1    |2    |1    |3          

G7      |3    |12   |2    |14   |3    |21   |13   |19         

SEO+EQV |6    |10   |1    |2    |2    |14   |7    |5          

NEO+EQV |14   |17   |2    |13   |11   |30   |5    |22         

EO+EQV  |17   |25   |2    |13   |17   |30   |8    |16         

AO+EQV  |24   |18   |2    |14   |17   |21   |13   |11         

AA+EQV  |8    |5    |-    |1    |7    |7    |4    |2          

SGB1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

SGB2    |-    |1    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

TECH    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-    |-          

                                                              

Total   |74   |90   |11   |61   |59   |131  |54   |79         

Local Government Commission

Sir Patrick Cormack: To ask the Secretary of State for the environment when he expects to announce his response to the Local Government Commission's recommendations for Staffordshire.

Mr. Curry: We are still considering the Local Government Commission's recommendations about the future structure of local government in Staffordshire, and will announce a decision as soon as possible.

Water Charges

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has had from local authorities, voluntary organisations and other consumer groups concerning future options for charging for the provision of water supplies.

Mr. Atkins: The Department has received representations from a number of local authorities and other interested bodies such as the Consumers' Association and Age Concern.

Ian Greer

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many items he has received from Ian Greer in each week of the last month.

Mr. Gummer: None


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Water Meters

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate of the number of households with water meters which have been installed (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily.

Mr. Atkins: The Office of Water Services estimates that 1.1 million households in England and Wales currently have water meters. Information on the proportion of households metered voluntarily and compulsorily is not available.

Single Regeneration Budget

Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for each programme of expenditure under the single regeneration budget in each London borough or London training and enterprise council area, the commitments predating the single regeneration budget for (a) 1995 96, (b) 1996 97 and (c) 1997 98.

Mr. Curry [holding answer 30 January 1995]: I am placing this information in the Library of the House.


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ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Ian Greer

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Attorney-General how many items he has received from Ian Greer in each week of the last month.

The Attorney-General: None.

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library the advice given by his Department to the CBI on the application of the TUPE regulations.

The Attorney-General: By convention, the Law Officers do not normally disclose whether advice has been given on a particular issue or the substance of any advice that they may have given.

PRIME MINISTER

European Union

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister what consultations have taken place on the European content on the draft framework document on Northern Ireland with (a) heads of Government in the EU other than the Taoiseach, (b) ministerial councils of EU states other than the Irish Republic, (c) the President of the EU and (d) individual commissioners of the EU.

The Prime Minister: None.

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to ensure that so long as Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland interests will continue to be represented in the European Union's various ministerial Councils exclusively by Ministers answerable to the Parliament at Westminster; and if he will make a statement.


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The Prime Minister: Under article 146 of the treaty of Rome, as amended by the treaty on European Union, member states' representatives on the Council must be authorised to commit the Government of that member state. United Kingdom Ministers are answerable to the Parliament of Westminster, and will continue to represent the United Kingdom.

Ian Greer

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Prime Minister how many items he has received from Ian Greer in each week of the last month.

The Prime Minister: None.

Chequers

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost to public funds of the meeting held at Chequers on 13 January to review British foreign policy; and what are the rules determining which expenditures at Chequers shall be met from public funds.

The Prime Minister [holding answer Tuesday 7 February]: It is not my usual practice to give the costs of individual meetings or receptions.

Expenses incurred by Ministers and officials meeting at Chequers in the course of official duty are met by the Cabinet Office.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Medical Negligence

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide a table showing the number of cases of medical negligence settled and the total cost of damages awarded together with legal costs, in each year since 1990 91, by health board area.

Mr. Moss: The number of cases of medical negligence settled since 1990 91 along with total costs of damages and legal costs by health and social services board area is as follows:


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             Eastern                             Northern                                       

            |Cases paid |Settlements|Legal costs|Cases paid |Settlements|Legal costs            

                        |£          |£                      |£          |£                      

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1990-91<1>  |22         |770,500    |76,116     |10         |132,250    |51,109                 

1991-92     |49         |302,200    |361,726    |14         |204,650    |98,861                 

1992-93     |31         |409,268    |260,942    |12         |332,766    |102,507                

1993-94     |43         |4,025,707  |576,461    |7          |33,700     |40,974                 


             Southern                            Western                                        

            |Cases paid |Settlements|Legal costs|Cases paid |Settlements|Legal costs            

                        |£          |£                      |£          |£                      

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

1990-91<1>  |9          |140,248    |31,902     |8          |45,250     |10,339                 

1991-92     |15         |637,644    |158,550    |10         |199,750    |92,247                 

1992-93     |6          |855,550    |190,361    |12         |194,842    |83,129                 

1993-94     |13         |1,031,500  |68,364     |10         |268,148    |61,985                 

<1> Information is only available for the last six months of 1990-91.                           

Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firms in Northern Ireland have received Government assistance under the small firms loan guarantee scheme in the last five years.

Mr. Ancram: The number of loans guaranteed under the small firms loan guarantee scheme in Northern Ireland over the past five years was 101. Some companies may have received more than one loan.

Funeral Costs

Dr. Hendron: to ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what is the average cost of a funeral in (a) Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland; and what comparisons he has made with funeral charges outside Northern Ireland;

(2) what plans he has to make higher provision for the costs of a funeral in Northern Ireland following the Secretary of state for Social Security's recent decision that social fund payments to cover funeral costs are to be limited to £875.

Mr. Moss: Information on the average cost of funerals in Belfast and Northern Ireland is not available.

Costs of funerals vary considerably within and between local areas and regions of the United Kingdom. The social fund funeral payment scheme cannot be expected to meet the cost of all variations and eventualities.

The Government have referred their proposals to the Social Security Advisory Committee and will consider its report when it has been completed.


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Anglo Irish

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration has been given in the Anglo-Irish discussions to the Irish Government's proposal to hold elections in 1995 for senators representative of Irish people living outside the Republic; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram: None.

Ian Greer

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many items he has received from Ian Greer in each week of the last month.

Sir John Wheeler: None.

Roads Service Budget

Mr. Maginnis: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many amendments have been made to date in the Department of the Environment's roads service budget during the year 1994 95; and what has been the effect of each amendment, in financial terms, for each division of the roads service.

Mr. Moss [holding answer 7 February 1995]: Apart from a number of technical adjustments which have no financial effect for any of the six divisions of the Department's roads service, five amendments have been made in the roads service budget during the current financial year resulting in additional funding for those Divisions as follows:


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Divisional allocation of additional funds (£000)                                                                                                                   

Functional heading            |Ballymena         |Belfast           |Coleraine         |Craigavon         |D'Patrick         |Omagh                                

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

1. Capital works                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                   

(a) Carried over from 1993-94 |-                 |-                 |-                 |900               |-                 |-                                    

(b) Development schemes       |-                 |-                 |715               |-                 |-                 |-                                    

(c) Bridge strengthening      |147               |231               |95                |50                |122               |150                                  

                                                                                                                                                                   

2. Structural maintenance     |358               |453               |359               |450               |426               |654                                  

                                                                                                                                                                   

3. Plant and building         |-                 |133               |127               |-                 |-                 |-                                    

Some of these changes are subject to Parliament's approval of the Spring supplementary estimates for 1994 95.

Special Advisers

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the severance payments made to special advisers in each of the last five years indicating (a) the amount and (b) the date.

Sir Patrick Mayhew [holding answer 1 February 1995]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 6 February 1995 by my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary, Official Report , column 69 .

HEALTH

Mental Illness

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in London were diagnosed as


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mentally ill and detained (a) on medical wards, (b) in prison or (c) in police cells in the latest year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Bowis: Information is not available centrally in the form requested.

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on psychiatric wards are legally detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mr. Bowis: This information is not available centrally.

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1990;

(2) how many patients are currently detained under the Mental Health Act 1993 in private psychiatric hospitals.

Mr. Bowis: A bulletin and booklet on legal status statistics 1987 88 to 1992 93 containing figures on admissions of patients detained under the 1983 Mental Health Act to national health services facilities, private


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nursing homes and to the special hospitals are shortly to be published. Copies of both publications will be placed in the Library.

Private Psychiatric Hospitals

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to (a) monitor and investigate deaths of patients in private psychiatric hospitals and (b) monitor standards of care in private psychiatric hospitals.

Mr. Bowis: All hospitals in all sections, which are caring for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 should notify the Mental Health Act Commission of the death of any such patient. Health authorities and national health service trusts purchasing services from private psychiatric hospitals should ensure that their contract allows for the procedures outlined in circular HSG(94)27 to be initiated following the death of any NHS--funded patient. Copies of the guidance are available in the Library.

Arrangements for monitoring the standards of care given to NHS patients in private psychiatric hospitals are agreed between health authorities and NHS trusts and the private hospital as part of the contracting process. The Mental Health Act Commission visits detained patients in private psychiatric hospitals regularly.

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investigations are being carried out into the deaths of Oswald Morson, Grant Anstead, Alex Clements and Alan Bannister at the Kneesworth House private psychiatric hospital.

Mr. Bowis: These cases have been investigated by the coroner. An inquest into the death of Alexander Clements was held in Sheffield on 19 December. In the case of Alan Bannister, the coroner has decided that an inquest is not required. An inquest into the death of Oswald Morson will be held on 6 March. An inquest into the death of Grant Anstead has been opened and adjourned to a date yet to be fixed. In each case, the hospital managers have held an internal inquiry and made a full report on the outcome to the health authority responsible for funding the patient's care.

The Mental Health Act Commission is currently carrying out a review of the circumstances of these patients' deaths, as it does in all such deaths.

Death With Dignity Act

Mr. Khabra: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the recent vote in Oregon on the Death With Dignity Act; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville: The Government's firm view is that the deliberate taking of life should remain illegal. The House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics rejected the case for legalising euthanasia or assisting a person to commit suicide, and the Government wholly share the Committee's view. The vote in Oregon does not change our position on the matter.

Cannabis

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the


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BMA regarding the views of hospital doctors on the possibility of cannabis being made available on prescription.

Mr. Bowis: None, as far as I am aware.

Psychiatric Beds

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding shortfalls in the availability of psychiatric beds.

Mr. Bowis: We have received a number of representations concerning alleged shortfalls in psychiatric beds. The requirement for beds must be judged locally and cannot be viewed in isolation from other provision for mentally ill people.

Pharmacy Licences

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make it her policy that the grant of a licence for the establishment of a pharmacy is conditional upon the establishment of such a pharmacy within a specified time scale;

(2) what plans she has to prevent companies from holding licences for the establishment of pharmacies which they do not intend to use.

Mr. Malone: Under the provisions of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992, as amended, a pharmacy which is given permission to open must do so within six months of permission being granted. A family health services authority, or on appeal, the family health services appeal unit, may extend this period, up to a maximum of 24 months from the date of the original grant, if it considers there is good cause for so doing.

GP Fundholders

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on surgical provision in individual hospitals of general practitioner fundholders switching moneys from hospital to hospital.

Mr. Malone: The precise pattern of care to meet patients' needs in a particular locality is agreed in contracts between national health service purchasers--health authorities and fundholding general practitioners--and hospitals. Fundholding general practitioners, like health authorities, are expected to provide six months' notice of their intention to make significant changes to their contracts.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has given to ensure that a loss of general practitioner fundholders' money for non-emergency surgery in hospitals does not lead to a reduction of emergency services for the same fundholder.

Mr. Malone: None.

District health authorities are responsible for purchasing emergency services for the patients of both fundholding and non-fundholding general practitioners. It is for purchasers and hospitals to agree contracts which best meet patients' needs.

General Practitioners

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received in the last


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12 months from doctors about funding out-of- hours work by general practitioners; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Malone: Throughout the period, we have had regular discussions with representatives of the medical profession. These discussions are continuing.

Neuroleptic Drugs

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to instigate research into deaths of psychiatric patients associated with neuroleptic drugs.

Mr. Bowis: We are discussing with the Royal College of Psychiatrists the possibility of extending the remit of the confidential inquiry into homicides and suicides by mentally ill people to cover the deaths of psychiatric patients associated with neuroleptic drugs.

Consultants

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she intends to take to monitor the allocation of time by NHS consultants between their NHS responsibilities and their private practices.

Mr. Malone: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Mrs. Clwyd) on 2 February, Official Report columns 837 38 .

Rights of the Child

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she intends to take to take to implement the British Government's obligations under article 44 of the United Nations convention following the committee's report on the rights of the child in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Bowis: The government fulfilled their obligations under article 44 of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child by publishing the United Kingdom national report in February 1994.

Regional Health Authorities

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department offers to regional health authorities on the premium of intensive care beds on the same site as elective surgical beds.

Mr. Sackville: None

Private Health Insurance

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had private health insurance for each year from 1990.

Mr. Sackville: Information on the number of people with private health insurance is not collected by the Department.


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