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Mr. Paice: Of those who completed their youth training between April and August 1993, 31 per cent. gained an NVQ or equivalent at level 2 and 13 per cent. at level 3.


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Careers Provision

Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the difference in bids to provide careers provision in Stockport between the consortium including Stockport metropolitan borough council and the bid by Nord Anglia plc; and what factors led to the awarding of the contract to Nord Anglia plc.

Mr. Paice: Bids were assessed against the criteria published in the careers service prospectus. These included: effective quality assurance arrangements; financial viability and value for money for the taxpayer. In each case the preferred bidder has more closely met the criteria than competing bids. As yet, contracts have not been signed in any area. Negotiations with preferred bidders continue.

Training

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the percentage of those leaving adult training schemes who progress to (a) full-time work, (b) part-time work, (c) self-employment, (d) further education or training and (e) unemployment in each training and council area in England and Wales for the past four years and for (i) those unemployed for six to 12 months, (ii) those unemployed for 12 to 24 months, and (iii) those unemployed for more than 24 months.

Mr. Paice: As this information is contained in a large number of tables, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Library.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how much the running of the training for work programme cost in the financial year 1993 94; and what is the projected cost for the scheme for 1994 95.

Mr. Paice: In 1993 94, £760.2 million was spent on training for work in England. The estimated expenditure for 1994 95 is £693.3 million. These figures exclude administration and running costs.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of people who took part in schemes run under the auspices of employment training and employment action went on to further education as a result of their training scheme in the years 1991 92 and 1992 93.

Mr. Paice: Of those leaving employment training in Great Britain in 1991 92, 3 per cent. went into full-time education/training courses. For 1992 93 leavers, the figure was 4 per cent.

The only full year for which data are available for employment action is 1992 93. Of those leaving EA in Great Britain in that year, 2 per cent. went into full-time education/training courses.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have taken part in training for work programmes since the scheme started in April 1993.

Mr. Paice: In the period April 1993 to October 1994, there were 515,000 starts on training for work in Great Britain.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of those people who have taken part in training for work programmes since April 1993 have proceeded on to further education as a result of their training.


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Mr. Paice: Of those leaving training for work in Great Britain in 1993 94, 4 per cent. went into full-time education/training courses.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of people who took part in schemes run under the auspices of employment training and employment action (a) successfully completed their programme and (b) attained a recognised qualification in the years 1991 92 and 1992 93.

Mr. Paice: Of those leaving employment training in Great Britain in 1991 92, 55 per cent. had completed their agreed course of training and 35 per cent. had gained a qualification or credit towards one. Of those leaving in 1992 93, 59 per cent. had completed their agreed course of training and 38 per cent. had gained a qualification or credit towards one.

No figures are available on completion and qualification rates from employment action.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of those people who have taken part in training for work programmes since April 1993 have successfully managed, on completion of their course, to get full or part-time employment as a result of their training.

Mr. Paice: Of those completing Training for Work in England and Wales in 1993 94, 38 per cent. went into full or part-time employment or self-employment.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how much the running of the combined employment training and employment action cost his Department in the years 1991 92 and 1992 93.

Mr. Paice: Total expenditure for employment training and employment action is given in the following table:


                              |Total              

          |ET       |EA       |£ million          

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1991-92   |737.4    |16.3     |753.7              

1992-93   |629.5    |137.3    |766.8              

Notes:                                            

1. ET figures for 1991-92 are for England and     

Wales. EA figures for 1991-92 are for England,    

Scotland and Wales.                               

2. ET figures for 1992-93 are for England only.   

EA figures for 1992-93 are for England and        

Scotland.                                         

3. Excludes administration and running costs.     

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of those people who have taken part in training for work programmes since April 1993 have (a) completed their course and (b) successfully attained the goals set out in their individual participation plans.

Mr. Paice: Of those leaving training for work in England and Wales in 1993 94, 60 per cent. completed their agreed course of training. In the same year, 51 per cent. of leavers fulfilled their individual participation plans.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people took part in schemes run under the auspices of employment training and employment action during the years 1991 92 and1992 93.

Mr. Paice: In 1991 92, there were 293,000 starts on employment training in Great Britain. In 1992 93, the figure was 291,000. Employment action began in October 1991; in the remaining part of 1991 92, there were 22,000


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starts in Great Britain. In 1992 93, there were 67,000 starts on EA.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of those people who have taken part in training for work programmes since April 1993 have proceeded on to further training as a result of their course.

Mr. Paice: Of those leaving training for work in Great Britain in 1993 94, 3 per cent. went into another Government training programme.

Mrs. Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of people who took part in schemes run under the auspices of employment training and employment action went on to part or full-time employment as a result of their training scheme in the years 1991 92 and 1992 93.

Mr. Paice: Of those leaving employment training in Great Britain 1991 92, 31 per cent. went into full or part-time employment or self- employment. For 1992 93 leavers, the figure was 35 per cent. The only full year for which data are available for employment action is 1992 93. Of those leaving EA in Great Britain in that year 17 per cent. went into full or part-time employment or

self-employment.

Mr. Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people are awaiting a YT place; and what is the figure as defined in the careers service management returns supplement.

Mr. Paice: On 31 January 1995, in England, 35 young people covered by the youth training guarantee had been waiting for the offer of a YT place for eight weeks or longer as provided in the monthly returns from careers services.

Benefits Appeals

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what action he is taking in response to the chief adjudication officer's report on the number of (a) decisions in 1993 94 which were unsatisfactory and (b) decisions regarding appeals against benefit disqualification in the past year which did not follow the prescribed procedures.

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given. Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to the Mr. Jim Cunningham, dated 14 February 1995:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the action being taken in response to the Chief Adjudication Officers's (CAO) Annual Report on Adjudication Standards for 1993 94.

The fact that a monitoring comment has been raised by the CAO's adjudication monitors does not necessarily mean that the adjudication decision is incorrect, but rather that the adjudication process was not correctly followed in one or more respects. Similarly, where a comment is raised on a written appeal submission, it is an indication that some aspect of the information included in it was either deficient or incomplete. The type of shortcomings identified by the CAO are unlikely to affect the outcome of appeals.

The CAO recognises that some of the deficiencies in the adjudication process identified by his monitoring are more significant than others. One of the principal concerns must be whether the claimant received the correct amount of benefit but, until the current operational year, the monitoring procedures did not


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assess this factor. When the CAO's monitoring for the current year (1994 95) is completed this information will be available for the first time and will enable him to focus his findings more closely on our service to claimants in the quality of decision making, as well as on deficiencies in aspects of the adjudication process.

I responded positively to the findings and recommendations made by the CAO in his 1992 93 report, which was published on 24 November 1993. My people introduced a package of measures aimed at improving the overall quality of our adjudication function.

This package includes a statistically valid system of quality monitoring; a review of all forms and procedures; and the creation of a permanent Quality Working Group. In his 1993 94 report, the CAO confirms that he expects these measures to lead to improved standards, and that their effect will be reflected in future reports by the CAO.

Two out of six recommendations in the CAO's 1993 94 report focused on the quality of adjudication within the Employment Service. They related to review and overpayment decisions and the standard of written appeal submissions respectively. These recommendations are currently being addressed by our Quality Working Group.

I hope this is helpful.

Equal Opportunities Commission

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the annual expenditure per capita of the Equal Opportunities Commission in Great Britain in each of the last three years.

Miss Widdecombe: The Equal Opportunities Commission's grant in aid for the last three years has been £5.949 million, 1994 95; £5.794 million, 1993 94; and £5.282 million, 1992 93. This works out at approximately 10p per person in the population.

Youth Training Guarantees

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people in the London boroughs of Lewisham, Lambeth, Greenwich and Southwark he expects to be in receipt of youth training guarantees on 1 April.

Mr. Paice: I am unable to estimate the number of young people who will be on youth training in these boroughs on 1 April. The current figure at accounting period 10--5 December 1994 to 1 January 1995--shows that 2,643 young people were on YT in the four South Thames training and enterprise council boroughs.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many youth training guarantees were made in 1994 to young people in the area covered by South Thames training and enterprise council; how many youth training guarantees had been met by South Thames TEC as at 21 December 1994; and how many youth training guarantees he expects will have been met by 31 March 1995 in the area covered by South Thames TEC.

Mr. Paice: Some 2,979 young people covered by the youth training guarantee started on a YT scheme in the South Thames training and enterprise council area between April 1994 and 1 January 1995. As at 31 December 1994, when the careers service returns were made for December, there were no young people for whom the YT guarantee had not been met. I am unable to estimate the position for 31 March 1995.

Training and Enterprise Councils, London

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what contingency plans he is making to


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deliver training to the London boroughs of Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark and Greenwich if SOLOTEC and CENTEC are unable to provide sufficient contracts to meet the needs of the unemployed.

Mr. Paice: In putting forward the proposals for the four boroughs in the South Thames training and enterprise council area, CENTEC and SOLOTEC will have to satisfy me that they can provide adequately for the demand and range of training provision required. If they are unable to do so, the Department will put in place other measures to ensure that adequate training provision is maintained in the area.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if information relating to contracts and performance by individual training providers contracted to South Thames TEC will be made available to SOLOTEC or CENTEC if the same training providers apply to either TEC for a contract from 1 April onwards.

Mr. Paice: Information will be made available provided all parties involved agree.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many contracts for training for work and youth training he expects to be issued by SOLOTEC and CENTEC at 1 April to training providers formerly contracted to South Thames TEC.

Mr. Paice: I am unable to estimate the number of contracts likely to be issued. This is a matter for SOLOTEC and CENTEC which are best placed to decide who they should contract with.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many contracts were issued by South Thames TEC in the financial year 1994 95 to provide training for people with special needs.

Mr. Paice: A total of 81 contracts under youth training and training for work were issued by South Thames training and enterprise council in 1994 95. Nine of the YT contracts and three of the TfW contracts are exclusively for people with special training needs. However, all the 81 contracts encourage training providers to recruit trainees with special needs by paying them premium rates to do so.

SCOTLAND

Medical Negligence

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many cases of medical negligence were settled, and what was the total cost of damages awarded together with legal costs, in each year since 1990 91, by district;

(2) how many cases of medical negligence were settled, and what was the total cost of damages awarded together with legal costs, in each year since 1990 91, by region.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: In Scotland the regional and district functions of the NHS are administered by health boards. Given the small number of cases in certain health boards, it is not appropriate on the ground of confidentiality to publish the information in the form requested. The total amount of damages awarded, including legal costs, for all health boards and NHS trusts in Scotland for the years 1990 91 to 1993 94 is given.


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Total amount of compensation (

including legal costs)        

Year      |£                  

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

1990-91   |949,603            

1991-92   |998,367            

1992-93   |1,091,489          

1993-94   |946,038            

Agricultural Arbitration

Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 18 January, Official Report, column 575, what plans he has to reassess the costs associated with agricultural arbitration cases; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro: The rate of remuneration for agricultural arbiters appointed by the Secretary of State is normally reviewed annually. The current hourly rate was set in August 1989 and stands at £42. There are no plans at present to adjust the rate. Other costs are a matter for the arbiter and the parties concerned in the arbitration.

Prisoners

Mr. Dewar: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, (1) if he will give the number of persons convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the last year for which figures are available and the number of those who were unmarried or single as defined in Department of Social Security regulations;

(2) how many single or unmarried prisoners served sentences between 26 weeks and two years as a result of the non-payment of fines, in the last year for which figures are available.

(3) if he will give the number of single or unmarried prisoners who were sentenced to 26 weeks but not more


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than two years in prison in Scotland, broken down by gender, in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Lang: I have asked the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to reply.

Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Mr. Donald Dewar, dated 14 February 1995:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your 3 Questions relating to the number of unmarried or single prisoners sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Scotland.

At present information on the marital status or household composition of prisoners is not collected centrally.

Contagious Epididymitis

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the cases of contagious epididymitis in each year since 1985.

Sir Hector Monro: No cases of contagious epididymitis have been recorded since the disease was made notifiable on 1 January 1993. Official records are not available for the period before that date.

Population Statistics

Mr. David Shaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) population, (b) number of employees, (c) number of employees per 1,000 population and (d) political party in control of each local authority; and if he will post the answer on his Department's pages on the Government's world wide web server, "www.open.gov.uk".

Mr. Kynoch: The following table list for each Scottish local authority (a) its population as at June 1993, (b) its total number of employees--full time plus part time--and (c) the number of employees per thousand population as at September 1994. These are the most up-to-date figures available. The information relating to the political party in control of each local authority is as at May 1994. I have today placed the information requested in the Library of the House. No firm decision has yet been taken by the Scottish Office on the use of the Internet.


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                                                                |Number of                                                  

                        |Population         |Number of          |employees per      |Political party in                     

Local authority         |(thousands)        |employees          |thousand population|control                                

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Borders                 |105.3              |3,979              |37.8               |<1>NOC                                 

Berwickshire            |19.4               |127                |6.6                |Con.                                   

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |35.0               |269                |7.7                |Ind.                                   

Roxburgh                |35.4               |320                |9.1                |<1>NOC                                 

Tweeddale               |15.6               |128                |8.2                |Ind.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Central                 |272.9              |13,270             |48.6               |Lab.                                   

Clackmannan             |48.7               |810                |16.6               |Lab.                                   

Falkirk                 |142.6              |1,700              |11.9               |<1>NOC                                 

Stirling                |81.6               |1,319              |16.2               |Con.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Dumfries and Galloway   |147.9              |7,521              |50.9               |<1>NOC                                 

Annandale and Eskdale   |37.1               |329                |8.9                |Lib. Dem.                              

Nithsdale               |57.2               |512                |8.9                |<1>NOC                                 

Stewartry               |23.7               |197                |8.3                |Ind.                                   

Wigtown                 |29.9               |336                |11.3               |Ind.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Fife                    |351.2              |16,760             |47.7               |Lab.                                   

Dunfermline             |130.2              |1,614              |12.4               |Lab.                                   

Kirkcaldy               |148.6              |1,756              |11.8               |Lab.                                   

North East Fife         |72.4               |791                |10.9               |Lib. Dem.                              

Grampian                |528.1              |23,516             |44.5               |<1>NOC                                 

City of Aberdeen        |218.1              |3,212              |14.7               |Lab.                                   

Banff and Buchan        |88.0               |1,077              |12.2               |Ind.                                   

Gordon                  |79.7               |511                |6.4                |Ind.                                   

Kincardine and Deeside  |56.0               |376                |6.7                |<1>NOC                                 

Moray                   |86.3               |911                |10.6               |<1>NOC                                 

                                                                                                                            

Highland                |206.9              |10,938             |52.9               |Ind.                                   

Badenoch and Stathspey  |11.1               |86                 |7.7                |Ind.                                   

Caithness               |26.4               |234                |8.9                |Ind.                                   

Inverness               |63.9               |608                |9.5                |<1>NOC                                 

Lochaber                |19.4               |201                |10.4               |Ind.                                   

Nairn                   |10.9               |104                |9.6                |Ind.                                   

Ross and Cromarty       |50.3               |565                |11.2               |Ind.                                   

Skye and Lochalsh       |11.9               |114                |9.6                |Ind.                                   

Sutherland              |13.2               |136                |10.3               |Ind.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Lothian                 |753.9              |33,136             |44.0               |Lab.                                   

East Lothian            |85.6               |1,054              |12,3               |Lab.                                   

City of Edinburgh       |441.6              |5,566              |12.6               |<1>NOC                                 

Midlothian              |79.9               |840                |10.5               |Lab.                                   

West Lothian            |146.7              |1,456              |9.9                |<1>NOC                                 

                                                                                                                            

Strathclyde             |2,286.8            |104,208            |45.6               |Lab.                                   

Argyll and Bute         |63.3               |840                |13.3               |Ind.                                   

Bearsden and Milngavie  |41.1               |363                |8.8                |<1>NOC                                 

Clydebank               |46.6               |592                |12.7               |Lab.                                   

Clydesdale              |58.3               |711                |12.2               |<1>NOC                                 

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |63.9               |652                |10.2               |Lab.                                   

Cumnock and Doon Valley |42.8               |640                |14.9               |Lab.                                   

Cunninghame             |139.0              |1,721              |12.4               |Lab.                                   

Dumbarton               |78.5               |1,110              |14.1               |Lab.                                   

East Kilbride           |85.4               |777                |9.1                |Lab.                                   

Eastwood                |60.9               |323                |5.3                |Con.                                   

City of Glasgow         |681.5              |12,945             |19.0               |Lab.                                   

Hamilton                |107.5              |1,276              |11.9               |Lab.                                   

Inverclyde              |90.0               |1,390              |15.4               |Lab.                                   

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |81.0               |1,032              |12.7               |<1>NOC                                 

Kyle and Carrick        |114.0              |1,504              |13.2               |Con.                                   

Monksland               |102.6              |1,518              |14.8               |Lab.                                   

Motherwell              |143.7              |2,062              |14.3               |Lab.                                   

Renfrew                 |201.2              |2,686              |13.4               |Lab.                                   

Strathkelvin            |85.7               |928                |10.8               |Lab.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Tayside                 |395.2              |18,763             |47.5               |<1>NOC                                 

Angus                   |97.4               |965                |9.9                |SNP                                    

City of Dundee          |170.1              |3,160              |18.6               |Lab.                                   

Perth and Kinross       |127.7              |1,170              |9.2                |Con.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Orkney Islands          |19.8               |1,816              |91.9               |Ind.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Shetland Islands        |22.8               |2,745              |120.2              |Ind.                                   

                                                                                                                            

Western Isles           |29.4               |2,256              |76.7               |Ind.                                   

<1> No party in overall control.                                                                                            

Justices of the Peace

Mr. McFall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the political balance among justices of the peace in Dumbarton district; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The table shows the political affiliations declared at the time of their appointment by the 57 justices of the peace for the Dumbarton commission area:


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                                  |Number       

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Conservative                      |20           

Labour                            |21           

Liberal Democrat                  |2            

Independent                       |1            

SNP                               |1            

No particular views/none declared |12           

JPs are appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland on the basis of nominations by local authorities for


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ex-efficio appointment of elected members or on the recommendation of local advisory committees. JPs are not paid and are not compelled to declare their political views. The primary consideration in the appointment of a JP is the individual's personal suitability for the office.

NHS Trusts

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the external financing limit for each of the NHS trusts in Strathclyde.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information requested is as follows:


                                            |1994-95            

NHS Trust                                   |(£000s)            

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Ayrshire and Arran Community Healthcare     |2,113              

Glasgow Royal Infirmary University          |(2,459)            

Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health                     

  Services                                  |(3,470)            

Hairmyres and Stonehouse Hospitals          |(759)              

Inverclyde Royal                            |(1,089)            

Law Hospital                                |1,317              

Monklands and Bellshill Hospitals           |1,276              

North Ayrshire and Arran                    |(364)              

Renfrewshire Healthcare                     |(1,658)            

Royal Alexandra Hospital                    |(1,818)            

South Ayrshire Hospitals                    |850                

Southern General Hospital                   |2,749              

Stobhill                                    |(1,520)            

Victoria Infirmary                          |116                

West Glasgow Hospitals University           |3,052              

Yorkhill                                    |1,379              

Note:                                                           

Those figures in brackets mean a negative limit. In essence,    

this means the trust's agreed capital expediture is less that   

its surplus.                                                    

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the termination payments made to chief executives and general and senior managers in each NHS trust since its inception, indicating the size and number of individual payments.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 13 February 1995]: This information is not held centrally. Consideration is being given to the collection of data on termination payments in Scotland.

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those NHS trusts which have received either (a) a loan from his Department or (b) an overdraft guarantee in each year since their creation, indicating (i) the amount involved and (ii) the reason for its allocation.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information requested is detailed in the tables:


Loans issued to NHS Trusts in Scotland                                 

Trust name                 |1992-93   |1993-94   |1994-95              

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Aberdeen Royal Hospitals                                               

  NHS Trust                |500,00    |3,530,000 |2,466,000            

Ayrshire and Arran                                                     

  Community Healthcare                                                 

  NHS Trust                |-         |1,533,000 |-                    

Caithness and Sunderland                                               

  NHS Trust                |-         |736,000   |250,000              

Grampian Healthcare NHS                                                

  Trust                    |-         |8,381,000 |-                    

Moray Health Services                                                  

  NHS Trust                |-         |9,705,000 |7,993,000            

North Ayrshire and Arran                                               

  NHS Trust                |-         |2,946,000 |-                    

Royal Scottish National                                                

  Hospital and Community                                               

  NHS Trust                |-         |251,000   |-                    

Southern General Hospitals                                             

  NHS Trust                |-         |870,000   |-                    

Stirling Royal Infirmary                                               

  NHS Trust                |-         |199,000   |1,620,000            

Yorkhill NHS Trust         |-         |1,120,000 |1,700,000            

South Ayrshire Hospitals                                               

  NHS Trust                |400,000   |-         |-                    

                                                                       

Total                      |900,000   |29,271,000|14,029,000           


Overdraft guarantees issued to NHS Trusts in Scotland                  

Trust name                 |1992-93   |1993-94   |1994-95              

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Monklands and Bellshill                                                

  NHS Trust                |-         |-         |500,000              

Law Hospital NHS Trust     |-         |-         |250,000              

Falkirk and District Royal                                             

  Infirmary NHS Trust      |-         |-         |500,000              

Dumfries and Galloway                                                  

  Acute and Maternity                                                  

  Hospitals NHS Trust      |-         |-         |750,000              

Stirling Royal Infirmary                                               

  NHS Trust                |-         |300,000   |300,000              

Dundee Healthcare          |-         |-         |750,000              

Royal Scottish National                                                

  Hospital NHS Trust<1>    |-         |-         |250,000              

East and Midlothian NHS                                                

  Trust                    |-         |-         |1,000,000            

Moray Health Services                                                  

  NHS Trust                |-         |200,000   |200,000              

Fife Healthcare NHS Trust  |-         |-         |500,000              

Southern General Hospital                                              

  NHS Trust                |-         |200,000   |-                    

Central Scotland                                                       

  Healthcare NHS Trust     |-         |-         |1,000,000            

                                                                       

Total                      |0         |700,000   |6,000,000            

Note:                                                                  

<1> This trust has now merged with Forth Valley Healthcare.            

Trusts borrow principally to support their capital investment activities, but may also borrow to cover working capital requirements. All the borrowing detailed was within agreed limits. Trusts use overdrafts to cover very short-term working capital requirements. The purpose of overdraft guarantees is to reduce the cost of this borrowing from the trusts' bankers.

Remedial Care

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the number of children and young persons who are currently providing a substantial amount of remedial care to sick, elderly and disabled relatives in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The only information available comes from the 1991 census of population and relates to "dependants". A dependant is defined as a person aged zero to 15, or a person aged 16 to 18 who


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has never married, is in full-time education and economically inactive, or a person with a limiting long-term illness whose economic activity is "permanently sick" or "retired". The table shows the number of households where all residents were dependants and the youngest was aged five to 18 and the oldest 19 or over. However, the figures give no indication as to whether the child(ren) in such households actually provide a substantial amount of care for the adult dependant(s). Households which contain a 16 to 18-year-old non-dependant and one or more older dependants are not included.


Number of households    

Area                    

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Inverclyde  |78         

Strathclyde |2,241      

Scotland    |3,369      

Dentists

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many dentists in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole have ceased to treat NHS patients in each year since 1992.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: In order to provide NHS dental services a dentist must join a health board dental list. The table shows the number of individual principal dentists on health board lists in each of the four health board areas within Strathclyde region and Scotland as a whole; the number of new list numbers allocated; and list numbers cancelled. Information for individual local government districts and regional areas is not available. It is not possible to identify from these figures the number of individual dentists who may have withdrawn from providing NHS treatment as dentists who surrender one number may hold other numbers.


Dentists and dental list numbers in Scotland                                                                                                     

                    Financial year                                                                                                               

                    1992-1993                                             1993-1994                                                              

                                     |Dental<2> list   |Dental<2> list                     |Dental<2> list   |Dental<2> list                     

                   |Dentists<1> on HB|number           |number           |Dentists<1> on HB|number           |number                             

Health board       |lists            |commencements    |withdrawals      |lists            |commencements    |withdrawals                        

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Argyll and Clyde   |211              |41               |16               |205              |28               |30                                 

Ayrshire and Arran |134              |13               |4                |139              |21               |17                                 

Greater Glasgow    |417              |63               |19               |428              |79               |70                                 

Lanarkshire        |189              |18               |14               |193              |22               |16                                 

                                                                                                                                                 

Scotland-Total     |1,745            |310              |132              |1,792            |339              |306                                

<1> Total number of individual dentists who practised during the financial year in each of the health boards. Dentists contracted to more than   

one health board are counted more than once. The total number of dentists shown in Scotland is the number of individual dentists with no         

double-counting.                                                                                                                                 

<2> A dentist may hold one or more list number. The table shows a count of the list numbers that commenced or were surrendered in the given      

period, not dentists. Dentists may surrender health board list number for a variety of reasons-including moving to another health board area,    

practice reorganisation, or retirement.                                                                                                          

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many dentists in (a) Inverclyde and (b) Strathclyde have closed NHS registers to new patients in each year since 1992.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information requested is not available. General dental practitioners on health board NHS dental lists are free to decide in each case whether to provide NHS treatment to an individual patient.

Earnings

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the average earnings per capita for (a) men aged 16 to 65 years and (b) women aged 16 to 60 years in full-time work for (i) 1990 and (ii) the latest available date.

Mr. Kynoch: The information in the table gives average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees in Scotland.


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