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£ million                                                                   

                                      |Total charges                        

                   |Total charges paid|outstanding at the                   

Year               |in each year      |end of each year                     

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1990               |3.433             |<1>15.653                            

1991<2>            |7.581             |19.440                               

1992               |4.789             |25.775                               

1993               |11.500            |22.003                               

1994               |8.652             |<3>24.527                            

Notes:                                                                      

<1>Includes charges outstanding from previous years. Figures for 1990 and   

subsequent years are therefore cumulative.                                  

<2>Charge increased from £1,000 to £2,000 per improperly documented         

passenger on 1 August 1991.                                                 

<3>Of this sum, £13.514 million is currently the subject of settlement      

discussions.                                                                

Football Violence

Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Secretary of state for the Home Department (1) what evidence he has of the involvement of people associated with Combat 18 in the recent football riot in Dublin; (2) what investigation he has called for into the organised involvement of political extremists in the recent football violence in Dublin.

Mr. Howard: I understand from the police that they have no evidence that this violence was organised by Combat 18 or any other group of political extremists, although some of the individuals involved may have sympathies with such groups. Any further investigation is a matter for the police.

TREASURY

VAT

Mr. Fisher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the return to the Treasury of value added tax on works, maintenance and repair of buildings for which listed building consent is required, in each of the last five years.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: Information on expenditure on repairs and maintenance of listed buildings is not readily available.

Sports Clubs

Dr. Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will encourage clubs which supply sporting services, with particular reference to golf clubs, to take carefully into account the representations and interests of its past and present members when considering the application or distribution of any refunded VAT resulting from the VAT exemptions for supplies of certain sporting services for the period following 1 January 1990.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Coventry, South-East


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(Mr. Butcher) on 27 February 1995, Official Report, column 409.

National Lottery

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his current forecast of the revenue the Exchequer will receive from national lottery tax in the financial years (a) 1994 95 and (b) 1995 96.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: In the financial year 1994 95, it is estimated that the Exchequer will receive £104 million from lottery duty. Receipts for 1995 96 are difficult to forecast because the national lottery instant game is due to start shortly. However, lottery duty receipts are included in a forecast yield of £1.2 billion for 1995 96 from all betting, gaming and lottery duties.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has so far been received in lottery tax from the operators of the national lottery; and on what dates these payments were made.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: The operator of the national lottery has made three payments of lottery duty. On 15 December 1995, the operator paid £11,629,122.72; on 16 January, £32,755,258.32; and on 15 February, £29,978,975.04. The total revenue so far received is £74, 363,356.08.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he made of national lottery turnover in the financial years 1994 95 and 1995 96 when he set the rate of lottery tax at 12 per cent.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: At the time the lottery duty rate was set at 12 per cent., the forecast for national lottery turnover was £1.5 billion for a full financial year. At that time it was not known when the national lottery would start to operate and no separate forecast was made for 1994 95.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at what frequency operators of the national lottery are required to pay lottery tax.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: The operator of the national lottery is required to pay lottery duty on the 15th of the month following the month in which the liability arises.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what benefit accrues to the Exchequer from the interest earned on sums due from the promoters of the national lottery in lottery tax but not paid until the due date.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: There are no arrangements for the payment of interest to the Exchequer in relation to lottery duty.

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates during the financial year1994 95 the operators of the national lottery are required to pay lottery tax.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: In the financial year 1994 95, the operator of the national lottery is required to make payments of lottery duty on 15 December, 13 January--15 January is a Sunday and payment should be made on the last working day before--15 February and 15 March.

Pool Betting Duty

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at what frequency football promoters are required to pay pool betting duty.


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Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: Pool betting duty is payable weekly on Thursday following the week, which ends on a Saturday, in which the liability for the duty arose. However, certain pools promoters have been granted an extension which allows them a further week before they are required to submit returns and payment.

Monetary Policy

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account the Government's monetary and exchange rate policies take of the role of the exchange rate as a market-clearing mechanism; and what assessment he has made of how the equilibrium rate is related to the current account of the balance of payments.

Mr. Nelson: Movements in the exchange rate are considered as part of the general assessment of monetary conditions in setting monetary policy. The current account of the balance of payments is affected by a large number of factors, including world trade, growth in United Kingdom export markets, export profit margins, domestic demand and competitiveness. The current account is only one of many factors which can affect the exchange rate.

Consultants

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are his latest estimates of the expenditure on all external consultants, including management consultants, for each year since 1987, in 1994 prices, for his Department and its agencies; and what are the quantified annual cost savings which such expenditure has resulted in.

Mr. Nelson [holding answer 9 February 1995]: The cost of employing consultants in the years since 1991 92 at 1994 prices is shown in the table. Expenditure in earlier years and details of the level of savings, which are not held centrally, could be provided only at disproportionate costs.


Value of Consultancy work (in 

1994 prices)                  

(in £million-excluding VAT)   

Year      |£ million          

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

1991-92   |10.70              

1992-93   |2.27               

1993-94   |5.90               

1994-95   |1.00               

Statutory Instruments

Mr. Steen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the statutory instruments which his Department has sponsored in the last 12 months.

Mr. Nelson [holding answer 27 February 1995]: The information relating to the Treasury, for the 12-month period February 1994 to January 1995, is as follows:


S.I. Number                                     |Title                                                                                          

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1994/188                                        |The Traded Securities (Disclosure) Regulations                                                 

                                                |  1994                                                                                         

1994/236                                        |The Distraint by Collectors (Fees, Costs and                                                   

                                                |  Charges) Regulations 1994                                                                    

1994/265                                        |The Trustee Investments (Additional Powers)                                                    

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/343                                        |The Savings Certificates (Amendment)                                                           

                                                |  Regulations 1994                                                                             

1994/350                                        |The Superannuation (Children's Pensions)                                                       

                                                |  (Earnings Limit) Order 1994                                                                  

1994/468                                        |The Acquisition of Land (Rate of Interest after                                                

                                                |  Entry) Regulations 1994                                                                      

1994/469                                        |The Acquisition of Land (Rate of Interest after                                                

                                                |  Entry) (Scotland) Regulations 1994                                                           

1994/656                                        |The Building Societies (General Charge and                                                     

                                                |  Fees) Regulations 1994                                                                       

1994/657                                        |The Friendly Societies (General Charge and                                                     

                                                |  Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1994                                                           

1994/658                                        |The Industrial and Provident Societies (Credit                                                 

                                                |  Unions) (Amendment of Fees) Regulations                                                      

                                                |  1994                                                                                         

1994/660                                        |The Industrial and Provident Societies                                                         

                                                |  (Amendment of Fees) Regulations 1994                                                         

1994/687                                        |The Value added Tax (Sport, Physical                                                           

                                                |  Education and Fund-raising Events) Order                                                     

                                                |  1994                                                                                         

1994/744                                        |The Telecommunications Act 1984                                                                

                                                |  (Government Shareholding) Order 1994                                                         

1994/776                                        |The Pensions Increase (Review) Order 1994                                                      

1994/777                                        |The Income Tax (Replacement Cars)                                                              

                                                |  Regulation 1994                                                                              

1994/778                                        |The Income Tax (Car Benefits) (Replacement                                                     

                                                |  Accessories) Regulations 1994                                                                

1994/955                                        |The Travellers' Allowances Order 1994                                                          

1994/1188                                       |The Value Added Tax (Education) Order 1994                                                     

1994/1257(c.22)                                 |The Finance Act 1994, Section 45, (Appointed                                                   

                                                |  Day) Order 1994                                                                              

1994/1307                                       |The Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment)                                                          

                                                |  Regulations 1994                                                                             

1994/1410                                       |The Free Zone (Southampton) Designation                                                        

                                                |  (Variation) Order 1994                                                                       

1994/1479                                       |The Income Tax (Definition of Unit Trust                                                       

                                                |  Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 1994                                                         

1994/1517                                       |The Financial Services Act 1986                                                                

                                                |  (Miscellaneous Exemptions) Order 1994                                                        

1994/1518                                       |The Private Medical Insurance (Disentitlement                                                  

                                                |  to Tax Relief and Approved Benefits)                                                         

                                                |  Regulations 1994                                                                             

1994/1567                                       |The Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment No. 2)                                                    

                                                |  Regulations 1994                                                                             

1994/1698                                       |The Insurance Premium Tax (Taxable                                                             

                                                |  Insurance Contracts) Order 1994                                                              

1994/1819                                       |The Insurance Premium Tax (Prescribed Rates                                                    

                                                |  of Interest) Order 1994                                                                      

1994/1820                                       |The Air Passenger Duty (Prescribed Rates of                                                    

                                                |  Interest) Order 1994                                                                         

1994/1821                                       |The Air Passenger Duty (Connected Flights)                                                     

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/1908                                       |The Trustee Investments (Additional Powers                                                     

                                                |  (No. 2) Order 1994                                                                           

1994/2216                                       |The Free Zone (Port of Tilbury) Designation                                                    

                                                |  (Variation) Order 1994                                                                       

1994/2508(c.50)                                 |The Finance Act 1989, Section 165(2),                                                          

                                                |  (Appointed Day) Order 1994                                                                   

1994/2509                                       |The Free Zone (Birmingham Airport)                                                             

                                                |  (Substitution of Responsible Authority)                                                      

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/2542                                       |The Value Added Tax Act 1994 (Interest on                                                      

                                                |  Tax) (Prescribed Rate) Order 1994                                                            

1994/2543(c.51)                                 |The Friendly Societies Act 1982                                                                

                                                |  (Commencement No. 8) Order 1994                                                              

1994/2656                                       |The Capital Gains Tax (Gilt-edged Securities)                                                  

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/2657                                       |The Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment No. 3)                                                    

                                                |  Regulations 1994                                                                             

1994/2898                                       |The Free Zone (Port of Sheerness) Designation                                                  

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/2904                                       |The Alcoholic Liquor Duties (Beer-Based                                                        

                                                |  Beverages) Order 1994                                                                        

1994/2905                                       |The Value Added Tax (Increase of Registration                                                  

                                                |  Limits) Order 1994                                                                           

1994/2969                                       |The Value Added Tax (Education) (No. 2)                                                        

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/3009                                       |The Retirement Benefits Schemes (Indexation                                                    

                                                |  of Earnings Cap) Order 1994                                                                  

1994/3008                                       |The Capital Gains Tax (Annual Exempt                                                           

                                                |  Amount) Order 1994                                                                           

1994-3010                                       |The Income Tax (Cash Equivalents of Car Fuel                                                   

                                                |  Benefits) 1994                                                                               

1994/3011                                       |The Inheritance Tax (Indexation) Order 1994                                                    

1994/3012                                       |The Income Tax (Indexation) Order 1994                                                         

1994/3013                                       |The Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land)                                                       

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/3014                                       |The Value Added Tax (Transport) Order 1994                                                     

1994/3041                                       |The Excise Duty (Amendment of the Isle of                                                      

                                                |  Man Act 1979) Order 1994                                                                     

1994/3206                                       |The Ministerial and Other Salaries Order 1994                                                  

1994/3207                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Estonia) Order 1994                                                                         

1994/3208                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Isle of Man) Order 1994                                                                     

1994/3209                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Guernsey) Order 1994                                                                        

1994/3210                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Jersey) Order 1994                                                                          

1994/3211                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Kazakhstan) Order 1994                                                                      

1994/3212                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Mexico) Order 1994                                                                          

1994/3213                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Russian Federation) Order 1994                                                              

1994/3214                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Estates                                                   

                                                |  of Deceased Persons and Inheritances)                                                        

                                                |  (Switzerland) Order 1994                                                                     

1994/3215                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Switzerland) Order 1994                                                                     

1994/3216                                       |The Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income)                                                   

                                                |  (Vietnam) Order 1994                                                                         

1994/3218                                       |The Value Added Tax (Means of Transport)                                                       

                                                |  Order 1994                                                                                   

1994/3224(c.79)                                 |The Finance Act 1993, Section 165,                                                             

                                                |  (Appointed Day) Order 1994                                                                   

1994/3225(c.80)                                 |The Finance Act 1994, Chapter II of Part IV,                                                   

                                                |  (Appointed Day) Order 1994                                                                   

1994/3226                                       |The Exchange Gains and Losses (Transitional                                                    

                                                |  Provisions) Regulations 1994                                                                 

1994/3227                                       |The Exchange Gains and Losses (Alternative                                                     

                                                |  Method of Calculation of Gain and Loss)                                                      

                                                |  Regulations 1994                                                                             

1994/3228                                       |The Exchange Gains and Losses (Deferral of                                                     

                                                |  Gains and Losses) Regulations 1994                                                           

1994/3229                                       |The Exchange Gains and Losses (Excess Gains                                                    

                                                |  and Losses) Regulation 1994                                                                  

1994/3230                                       |The Local Currency Elections Regulations                                                       

                                                |  1994                                                                                         

1994/3231                                       |The Exchange Gains and Losses (Insurance                                                       

                                                |  Companies) Regulations 1994                                                                  

1994/3232                                       |The Exchange Gains and Losses (Debts of                                                        

                                                |  Varying Amounts) Regulations 1994                                                            

1994/3233                                       |The Currency Contracts and Options                                                             

                                                |  (Amendment of Enactments) Order 1994                                                         

1994/3277                                       |The National Savings Stock Register                                                            

                                                |  (Amendment) Regulation 1994                                                                  

1994/3278                                       |The Overseas Life Assurance Fund                                                               

                                                |  (Amendment) Order                                                                            

1995/201                                        |The Public Supply Contracts Regulations 1995                                                   

1995/171                                        |The Friendly Societies (Taxation of Transfers                                                  

                                                |  of Business) Regulations 1995                                                                

Child Pornography

Mrs. Ann Winterton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has concerning the


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number of occasions in each of the last five years upon which Her Majesty's Customs and Excise officers investigated individuals returning from overseas in connection with the possible import of child pornography; and in how many of these cases prosecutions resulted.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory [holding answer 28 February 1995]: The information requested is not available in that form. Centrally collated statistics for the period prior to 1993 94 do not disaggregate Customs investigations into offences concerning indecent or obscene paedophile material from those concerning illicit importations of other obscene material. Furthermore, the statistics for 1993 94 onwards refer to all investigations of importations of paedophile material, including postal importations.

Between 1 April 1993 and the current date the following numbers of individuals have been investigated by officers of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in connection with suspected importation of indecent or obsence paedophile material, child pornography. April 1993 March 1994: 70

April 1994 current date: 79

Of these, the following numbers have had proceedings instituted against them.

April 1993 March 1994: 34

April 1994 current date: 14

HEALTH

Health Authority Funding

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the funding available for (a) Barking and Havering health authority, (b) Redbridge and Waltham Forest health authority, (c) City and East London health authority and (d) Newham under the new capitation based funding formula and the previous funding formula.

Mr. Sackville: Weighted capitation formulae are used to set capitation targets and so inform, but not determine, the amount of funding made available to health authorities.

For 1995 96 the modified national weighted capitation formula has been used to set targets for regional health authorities. However it is for North Thames RHA to determine both its own sub-regional formula and how much funding is to be made available to its district health authorities. The hon. Member may wish to contact Sir William Staveley, the chairman of North Thames regional health authority, for details.

Sir Duncan Nicol

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the pensions and severance payments made to Sir Duncan Nichol when he left the NHS executive.

Mr. Sackville: Sir Duncan Nichol has been seconded to the national health service executive by Mersey regional health authority and on expiry of the secondment he was made redundant by the RHA. He received the benefits due to him under the NHS pension scheme after more than 30 years' service to the NHS--a superannuation lump sum and an annual pension--and statutory redundancy compensation. No other payments were made.


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GP's Pay

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give the average tabular index of deprivation since used in the payment of general practitioners for each family health services authority in order of deprivation, and the average figure for all of them.

Mr. Malone: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply Under- Secretary of State my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Mr. Sackville), gave to the hon. Member for Bristol, South (Ms Primarolo) on 20 July 1994, columns 355-57.

NHS Overseas Enterprises

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the gross administrative costs of NHS overseas enterprises in each year since 1990, together with any offsetting income.

Mr. Sackville: This information is shown in the table:


T

£000                                                                                

                     |National health     |National health                          

                     |services overseas   |services overseas                        

                     |enterprises         |enterprises                              

Year                 |Administrative costs|Total sales                              

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1990-91              |529                 |1,000                                    

1991-92              |367                 |1,176                                    

1992-93              |377                 |1,127                                    

1993-94              |371                 |1,600                                    

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish a list of the projects and their value together with the sponsoring NHS provider of projects (a) committed and (b) commenced under the auspices or as a result of the intervention of NHS overseas enterprises since 1990.

Mr. Sackville: National health service overseas enterprises uses a database of some 800 professional staff from NHS trusts and health authorities to provide under contract both student training for overseas health care organisations and consultancy support for overseas health care projects.

Since 1990, with help from 32 NHS hospitals and health authorities, it has trained some 240 students from five countries, predominantly in the technician grades, at a total contract value of about £1.7 million. In addition, it has completed or is involved in 41 other projects in 17 countries with a contract value of around £2.5 million, and involving some 40 NHS hospitals and health authorities.

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS overseas enterprises insures, or indemnifies, losses from cost overruns, defaults, or payments not received for projects under the auspices of NHS overseas enterprises; and how often such overruns or defaults have occurred since 1990.

Mr. Sackville: National health service overseas enterprises does not insure or indemnify against losses or bad debts. In the period form 1990 91 to 1993 94, its provision for bad debt, and the extent of write off, were as follows:


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            |Bad debt   |Bad debts              

            |provision  |written off            

Year        |£          |£                      

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

1990-91     |Nil        |Nil                    

1991-92     |Nil        |1,151                  

1992-93     |Nil        |Nil                    

1993-94     |10,000     |Nil                    

Family Policies

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often since 8 December 1994 Ministers have met to examine the impact of Government policies as a whole on the family; how often Ministers will be meeting for this purpose; and what assessment she has made of the outcomes to date.

Mr. Bowis: Frequently. Such meetings contribute to overall policy making. they are not assessed in the way described.

NHS Computer Costs

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS total computer costs are spent on (a) clinical information and (b) financial information required for the internal market.

Mr. Sackville: This information is not available centrally.

GPs' Hours

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent consultation she has had with colleagues regarding the effects of stress on general practitioners with particular reference to working long hours.

Mr. Malone: I meet frequently with colleagues to discuss the terms and conditions of service of general medical practitioners.

HIV Education

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals she has for further HIV education development within the community.

Mr. Sackville: Fundamental to the United Kingdom's success in limiting the spread of HIV infection is community based education projects. The Government will continue to support a great range of initiatives, developed by health and local authorities to meet the needs of their resident populations in places of education, work and recreation. Such projects are also supported by the community-based sexual health programme at the Health Education Authority. Some £49.6 million will be available next year through the national health service for HIV prevention of which about half will be used purely on public education.

Training for Life Initiative

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is available for the ACET--AIDS, care, education and training-- training for life initiative.


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Mr. Sackville: A grant of £20,000 was awarded in 1994 to ACET as a contribution to the development and distribution of its training for life initiative which provides sex education training for schools. This was in addition to the Department of Health's direct funding of £150,000 towards the administrative costs of providing home care services.

Illegal Employment of Children

Mrs. Golding: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for offences relating to the employment of children for the last year that figures are available.

Mr. Bowis: I understand that the number of people prosecuted and convicted under the relevant statutory provisions were as shown in the table.


England and Wales: 1993                                                                                      

Offence                              |Prosecutions           |Convictions                                    

description/legislation                                                                                      

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

Offences against the Education Act   |2                      |1                                              

  1944 Secs 58 to 60 including                                                                               

  offences against byelaws as to the                                                                         

  employment of children (except                                                                             

  offences relating to Mines,                                                                                

  Factories or Workshops)<1>                                                                                 

                                                                                                             

Offences in connection with          |5                      |4                                              

  employment of children and                                                                                 

  young persons. Children and                                                                                

  Young Persons Act 1933 Secs 18                                                                             

  to 21 (Section 18 as amended by                                                                            

  the Children Act 1972)                                                                                     

                                                                                                             

Offences in connection with the      |1                      |1                                              

  Employment of Women, Young                                                                                 

  Persons and Children Act 1920<2>                                                                           

Source:                                                                                                      

<1> Home Office, year beginning January 1993.                                                                

<2> Health and Safety Executive, year beginning April 1993.                                                  

Mrs. Golding: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) inspections and (b) investigations were made into alleged offences relating to the employment of children in the last year that figures are available.

Mr. Bowis: This information is not available centrally.

Dental Services

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices per region took NHS patients in 1992: what was the number in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Malone: The available information is shown in the table:


General Dental Services: number of        

dentists who had additions to             

their register for 31 December 1992 and   

1994: England                             

                   Number of              

                   dentists who had       

                   additions              

                   to their register      

                   by year                

Regions           |1992   |1994           

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

England           |15,295 |15,217         

Northern          |883    |889            

Yorkshire         |1,158  |1,142          

Trent             |1,283  |1,308          

East Anglia       |619    |622            

North West Thames |1,511  |1,508          

North East Thames |1,314  |1,315          

South East Thames |1,392  |1,374          

South West Thames |1,298  |1,300          

Wessex            |1,005  |990            

Oxford            |861    |842            

South Western     |1,248  |1,237          

West Midlands     |1,427  |1,443          

Mersey            |773    |773            

North Western     |1,289  |1,278          

Source:                                   

Dental Practice Board.                    

Notes:                                    

1. Additions to the register include      

instances of patients reregistering with  

a dentist after a break in attendance and 

instances of reinstatement of             

registrations that have been cancelled in 

error.                                    

2. Some dentists have contracts with more 

than one family health services           

authority. Dentists have been counted     

only once in the region which contains    

the family health services authority      

where the dentist does the majority of    

his/her work.                             

3. Regions were redefined from 1 April    

1994; the previous regions have been used 

for both 1992 and 1994 to enable          

comparability.                            

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been deregistered from their dentist since 1992 in each family health services authority area.

Mr. Malone: This information will be placed in the Library.

Welfare of Partners

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what financial and general welfare protection is ensured by the Government for the partners of seriously ill people; and if she will make a statement.

(2) what assessment Her Majesty's Government have made of the effects to the financial status, health, employment and general welfare of partners of the long-term seriously ill; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Bowis: This would depend on their circumstances. A wide range of support is available for those in need, ranging from the benefits system to community care and health respite support.

ENVIRONMENT

Energy Efficiency Campaigns

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will place in the Library the work presented to his Department by BRMB International on the changes in public knowledge, attitudes and intended energy saving behaviour brought about by the Helping the Earth Begins at Home advertising campaign.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Yes. A copy of BRMB's report on the completed campaign will be placed in the Library.

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State if he will place in the Library the findings presented to his Department by NOP on the Wasting Energy Costs the Earth advertising campaign.


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Mr. Robert B. Jones: The Wasting Energy Costs the Earth campaign, launched in October last year, is due to run until March 1996 and NOP will report on its completion.

Pop Festivals

Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment under what legislation councillers on the Isle of Wight are liable for surcharging for refusing to license pop festivals.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Local authorities have discretionary powers to licence pop festivals under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. Councillors who exercise their discretion by refusing to licence pop festivals would be liable to surcharge only if the authority's appointed auditor decided to take action under section 19 or section 20 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982. Under these provisions, the auditor may seek to recover, by surcharge of those responsible, any financial loss sustained by the authority as a result of illegal action or wilful misconduct by officers or members of the authority.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he expects that the United Kingdom will meet its commitment under the current convention on climate change to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2000 on current policies; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Atkins: We remain fully committed to meeting the requirements of the climate change convention. We are reviewing progress under our current climate change programme and will make an announcement shortly.

Construction Industry

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to issue a public consultation document on detailed proposals for legislation to implement the Latham report.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Shortly.

Home Ownership

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he next expects to meet the Council of Mortgage Lenders to discuss (a) prospects for home ownership and (b) the impact of current Government policies.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: My right hon. Friend the Ministers in this Department have regular meetings and contacts with the Council of Mortgage Lenders. No dates have yet been set for any future meetings.

Westminster City Council

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions he has had with the Audit Commission concerning the resources available to the district auditor of Westminster city council, with particular reference to the possible need for additional resources.


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Mr. Robert B. Jones: None. This is not a matter for the Government. It is for the appointed auditor to determine what resources he needs.

Planning Application Appeals

Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about appeals

T/APP/C1435/A/90/161862/P3 and 161951/P3 against refusal of planning applications Nos. WD/87/3410/P and WD/89/1441/P made by Mr. F. M. Wood; if Mr. Wood had complied with the requirements of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, with special reference to sections 27 and 36; if these appeals were valid; and if the use of the words "perspective purchaser" on form PA1 invalidated or prejudiced the planning applications or subsequent appeals in any way.

Sir Paul Beresford: Responsibility for these appeals has been delegated to the Planning Inspectorate executive agency under its chief executive, Mr. C. J. Shepley. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from J. Greenfield to Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith, dated 28 February 1995:

The Secretary of State has asked the Chief Executive, Mr. Shepley, to reply to your question about the validity of the appeals made by Mr. F. M. Wood in respect of applications WD/87/3410/P and WD/89/1441/P. As Mr. Shepley is currently away from the office, I am replying.

As you know, the relevant appeals were dismissed by the Inspector on 10 May 1991. Before responding to the substance of your question, we need to recover the appeal files from our archives. I will see that a considered reply is sent as soon as possible.

Environment Agency

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he has given to which sectors of industry would incur financial costs if the duty to further nature conservation were extended to the pollution control functions of the Environment Agency; what is his estimate of those costs; and what costs are currently imposed by the duty to have regard to nature conservation.

Mr. Atkins: The costs to regulated organisations of either a qualified duty on the Environment Agency to further conservation or an unqualified duty on it to have regard to conservation will depend upon the way in which the duty is discharged in practice. In either case they will depend upon judgments to be made by the agency as to what is reasonable in the particular circumstances. However whereas a duty to have regard to the desirability of conservation applies to all cases, a qualified furtherance duty would not apply to those cases falling within the terms of the qualifications. This may be uncertain and difficult to establish in relation to pollution control functions.

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the purpose of the Environment Agency.

Mr. Atkins: The Government issued on 17 January a draft outline showing the scope of the statutory guidance Ministers propose to issue on the agency's aims and objectives, including a proposed principal aim for the agency to help to promote sustainable development through high quality, integrated environmental protection, management and enhancement.


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