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Consultant Clinics

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average annual number of consultant clinics held in (a) fundholding practices and (b) non-fundholding practices.      [15036]

Mr. Malone: This information is not available centrally.

Hospices

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of hospices and Macmillan services in each region; and what information she has on the number of hospices in each European country.      [15083]

Mr. Sackville: The available information is shown in the tables.


Table 1: In-patient palliative care units and Macmillan 

services by                                             

region, England (January 1995)                          

                       |In-patient|Macmillan            

Region                 |units     |Services             

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

Anglia and Oxford      |20        |61                   

Northern and Yorkshire |26        |83                   

North Thames           |19        |79                   

South Thames           |25        |54                   

North West             |27        |86                   

South and West         |27        |61                   

West Midlands          |11        |52                   

Trent                  |10        |57                   

                                                        

Total                  |165       |533                  

Sources:                                                

St. Christopher's Hospice Information Service and       

Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund (for Macmillan services).  


Table 2: Palliative Care Services (Including    

Day and Home Care)                              

by European Country (October 1994)              

(NB. These figures are approximate)             

                |Palliative Care                

Country         |Services                       

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

Austria         |4                              

Belgium         |20                             

Bulgaria        |1                              

Croatia         |1                              

Cyprus          |1                              

Czech Republic  |7                              

Denmark         |1                              

Finland         |4                              

France          |32                             

Germany         |35                             

Gibraltar       |1                              

Greece          |2                              

Hungary         |2                              

Iceland         |1                              

Italy           |169                            

Lithuania       |1                              

Luxembourg      |1                              

Malta           |1                              

Netherlands     |5                              

Norway          |4                              

Poland          |30                             

Portugal        |2                              

Romania         |3                              

Russia          |12                             

Spain           |60                             

Sweden          |10                             

Switzerland     |7                              

                                                

Total           |417                            

Source:                                         

St. Christopher's Hospice Information Service.  

Performance-related Pay (Nurses)

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates she has made of the costs of introducing

performance-related pay for nurses.      [14991]

Mr. Malone: The Government are proposing local pay for nurses which does not mean individual performance-related pay. Local pay provides the opportunity to reward the contributions which staff make to the provision of high-quality, cost-effective patient services. Arrangements for calculating local pay are a matter for individual trusts or other employers.

Efficiency Savings

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total NHS efficiency savings, in real terms, are expected in each of the next five years.      [14992]

Mr. Sackville: Hospital and community health services are expected to improve their efficiency by at least 3 per cent. in 1995 96, equivalent to an extra £600 million for patient care. No decision has been taken on the efficiency target for 1996 97 or any subsequent years.

Cardiac Bypass Operations

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cardiac bypass operations were done in each of the last five years; what projections she has on the likely numbers of these operations in each of the next five years.      [14993]

Mr. Sackville: The number of cardiac bypass operations is as follows:

1988 89: 10,203

1989 90: 11,402

1990 91: 13,195

1991 92: 14,850

1992 93: 17,119

It is for each district to make an assessment of future demand.


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Casualty Departments

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient episodes there were in casualty departments in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.      [15001]

Mr. Sackville: This information is available in Department of Health statistical bulletin 12/94, copies of which are available in the Library.

London Chest Hospital

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has in relation to the London Chest hospital.      [15002]

Mr. Malone: Ministers await the outcome of public consultation conducted by East London and The City health authority.

Ministerial Visits

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fundholding and non-fundholding practices she and her Ministers have visited in the last year.      [15004]

Mr. Sackville: A total of 40.

Contracting Costs

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has done on the comparative administrative costs of contracting on a cost per case basis and for block contracts; and what are the findings.      [15008]

Mr. Malone: None. Health authorities and fundholding general practitioners are responsible for selecting the most appropriate type of contract to suit their patients' needs, taking account of value for money and the characteristics of the service being purchased.

Dental Services

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists who have not given notice to leave the dental list have given written notice to each family health service authority to de-register some or all of their continuing care arrangements for adult patients in each month since July 1992; and how many patients have been de-registered by family health service authority and in total.

Mr. Malone [holding answer 13 March 1995]: Information about the numbers of patients de-registered will be placed in the Library. At the latest date for which figures are available, there were 20, 712,569 adult patients registered with national health service dentists, an increase of 0.6 per cent. on July 1992.

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many family health service authorities have referred patients who have been unable to obtain treatment from a general dental practitioner to (a) the community dental service, (b) the hospital dental service and (c) a salaried dentist in each month since July 1992.

Mr. Malone [holding answer 13 March 1995]: The available information is shown in the tables.


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Table 1: General Dental Service:     

number of Family Health              

Services Authorities who referred    

patients to the Community            

Dental Service, Hospital Dental      

Service or a Salaried Dentist in     

each month from July 1992 to July    

1994                                 

England                              

                 |Number of          

Month            |FHSAs              

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

1992                                 

July             |42                 

August           |35                 

September        |30                 

October          |33                 

November         |34                 

                                     

1993                                 

December/January |36                 

February         |33                 

March            |30                 

April            |31                 

May              |32                 

June             |30                 

July             |34                 

August           |30                 

September        |31                 

October          |33                 

November         |30                 

                                     

1994                                 

December/January |38                 

February         |34                 

March            |37                 

April            |33                 

May              |35                 

June             |33                 

July             |38                 

1. The Christmas period totals cover 

the months of December and January.  


Table 2: General Dental Service: number of Family    

Health                                               

Services Authorities who referred patients to the    

Community                                            

Dental Service, Hospital Dental Service or a         

Salaried Dentist in                                  

each month from August 1994 to February 1995         

England                                              

                  Number of FHSAs                    

                  referring patients                 

                  to                                 

                 |Salaried                           

Month            |dentists|CDS     |HDS              

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

1994                                                 

August           |15      |14      |4                

September        |12      |20      |7                

October          |12      |16      |4                

November         |12      |15      |4                

                                                     

1995                                                 

December/January |12      |20      |6                

February         |12      |25      |5                

1. The Christmas period totals cover the months of   

December and January.                                

2. Information is only available from August 1994.   

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Middle East

Sir Ivan Lawrence: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Britain's role in facilitating progress in the middle east peace process.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's visit to Israel, the occupied territories and Jordan demonstrated our strong support for the peace process and the strength of our bilateral relations. The Prime Minister announced an additional £7 million of aid for the Palestinians, bringing our total package to £82 million over three years.

Wartime Intelligence Material

Mr. Allason: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will declassify the wartime decrypts designated (a) ZGA, German naval attache s in Tokyo, (b) ISOS, Alwehr traffic, and (c) ISK, Alwehr machine cipher traffic, and release them to the Public Record Office.

Mr. Hurd: Following the release of the Dir/C archive in 1993 and 1994, GCHQ is continuing to review wartime intelligence material issued by the Government code and cypher school. This includes the material referred to by my hon. Friend which will be reviewed in turn for possible release. One of these reports, on communications between Berlin and the naval attache in Tokyo, is already in the Public Record Office as Z/P/ZG/248 in ADM223/4.

China (HIV-AIDS)

Miss Lestor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has had from organisations and individuals concerned with HIV and AIDS about the Chinese Government's refusal to allow people with HIV and AIDS entry into China, with particular reference to the fourth world conference of women in Beijing.

Mr. Baldry: We have had some queries from non-governmental organisations who are concerned with AIDS asking whether people with HIV or AIDS will be able to enter China to attend the UN fourth world conference on women in September. We have raised this with the Chinese who have stated that their existing HIV-related entry restrictions will continue to apply. We are considering with our EU partners what further action to take.

Visa Applications

Mrs. Wise: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current waiting time for interview for applications for settlement visas in (a) Bombay and (b) Islamabad.

Mr. Baldry: Waiting times to first interview for applicants in settlement queues in Bombay and Islamabad as at 31 December 1994.


                                      Months                       

                                     |Bombay   |Islamabad          

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

Queue 1:                                                           

Persons with a claim to the right of                               

abode, dependent relatives over 70                                 

years old, special, compassionate                                  

cases.                               |-        |3                  

                                                                   

Queue 2:                                                           

Spouses and children under 18                                      

years.                               |3        |3                  

                                                                   

Queue 3:                                                           

Fiance (e) s and others applying for                               

the first time for settlement.       |3        |6                  

                                                                   

Queue 4:                                                           

Re-applicants.                       |5        |9                  

Sierra Leone

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British passport holders remain in Sierra Leone; and what advice they have been given about their continued presence.

Mr. Baldry: Some 800 British passport holders remain in Sierra Leone. Of these, approximately, 350 have the right of abode in the United Kingdom.

Since 26 January the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been advising dependants and those with no pressing reason to stay in Sierra Leone to leave.

Diplomatic Relations

Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries whose existence Her Majesty's Government officially recognise.

Mr. Baldry: The countries whose existence we officially recognise are as follows:

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina

Burma

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada


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Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Fiji

Finland

France

Gabon

Gambia, The

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Holy See

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Irish Republic

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Korea

Korea (North)

Kuwait

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania


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