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Sir Hector Monro: The areas planted by the private sector with grant aid from the Forestry Commission were as follows:


                    |Area planted                           

Year ended 31 March |(hectares)                             

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1985                |19,095                                 

1986                |23,358                                 

1987                |23,618                                 

1988                |28,675                                 

1989                |29,942                                 

1990                |21,531                                 

1991                |22,542                                 

1992                |21,978                                 

1993                |23,369                                 

1994                |24,352                                 

Holyroodhouse

Mrs Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total cost to his Department of the


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maintenance and running costs of Holyroodhouse, whether occupied or unoccupied, in the last five years; and what proportion of this sum is represented by employees' salaries.      [16919]

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 28 March 1995]: My right hon. Friend is responsible for the cost of the maintenance of the fabric of the palace, for security and for the costs of utilities such as fuel and telephones. All other costs are met by the royal household. The information for the most recent five years is:


                              |Historic                                    

               |Programme     |Scotland                                    

               |expenditure   |employee costs|Total                        

               |£             |£             |£                            

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1990-91        |860,833       |288,636       |1,149,469                    

1991-92        |723,000       |334,346       |1,057,346                    

1992-93        |696,600       |338,530       |1,035,130                    

1993-94        |693,215       |337,852       |1,031,067                    

1994-95<1>     |897,700       |345,124       |1,242,824                    

<1> Estimate.                                                              

These costs include all expenditure directly attributable to the palace, but not professional and central administration.

Habitats Directive

Mr. Macdonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the draft list of areas of special conservation and protection required under the EC habitats directive will be announced; what the length of the consultation period will be; on what date the draft list is due to be submitted to the European Commission; and if the consultation process can be extended beyond that date.      [16925]

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 28 March 1995]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment on behalf of the UK Environment Ministers will be making a statement to the House on these matters very shortly.

Health Board Funding

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the total allocation of funding to health boards in Scotland in each of the past five years; if he will show this in constant figures taking 1989 as base year; and if he will indicate the percentage levels of increase in real terms.      [16050]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information is set out in the table.


            |Total      |At constant|Real terms             

Year        |allocation |1989 prices|increase               

            |£ million  |£ million  |Per cent.              

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1990-91     |2,184.0    |2,021.9    |-0.5                   

1991-92     |2,466.9    |2,148.9    |6.3                    

1992-93     |2,621.9    |2,196.4    |2.2                    

1993-94     |2,706.8    |2,200.4    |0.2                    

1994-95     |2,869.9    |2,287.0    |3.9                    

Body Scanners, Ayrshire

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what discussions the South Ayrshire Hospitals NHS trust had with Ayrshire and Arran health board and the North Ayrshire NHS trust prior to their agreement with Medical Support Ltd. for the provision of a magnetic resonance image scanner at the Ayr hospital, with special reference to the effect of the new facility on existing facilities;      [16730]

(2) when the South Ayrshire Hospitals trust first considered entering a contract with Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. for the provision of a magnetic image resonancing facility at the Ayr hospital; and at what stage Ayrshire and Arran health board and the Scottish Office became involved in these discussions.      [16732]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Discussions between those parties on service needs and on means of meeting these needs took place in November and December 1994. It was at the December meeting that the South Ayrshire trust representative indicated that the trust was proposing to purchase a fixed base scanner. My right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State was made aware of the proposal in February 1995.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland where magnetic resonance imaging facilities within the Ayrshire and Arran health board area and neighbouring health boards are based; and what is the nature of the current agreements and contracts for existing equipment.      [16731]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: There are at present no fixed-base magnetic resonance imaging scanners in Ayrshire and Arran, Argyll and Clyde, Lanarkshire or Dumfries and Galloway. There are such fixed scanners in Glasgow and the Southern General hospital and Western infirmary and at Ross Hall and the Glasgow Nuffield hospital. The agreements for 1995 96 propose the increased use of the mobile magnetic resonance scanner alternating week about between Crosshouse hospital and Ayr hospital.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what control the South Ayrshire Hospitals trust has over Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. as regards the provision of magnetic resonance imaging facilities at the Ayr hospital; if he will make a statement on the financial details of this contract, the contract's duration, the trust's liabilities under the contract; and for what reasons the South Ayrshire Hospitals trust opted for the involvement of the private sector in this facility.      [16739]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The South Ayrshire Hospitals NHS trust will, through a contract, control the quality and price of the magnetic resonance imaging service from Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. The contract details have still to be finalised.

The trust's potential liability is limited to the loss of building lease income amounting to £20,000 per annum. The trust would seek to mitigate this loss, should it ever arise, by securing an alternative use for the premises.

The trust believes that the new arrangements will result in an improved service to patients.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what process was used by Ayrshire and Arran health board to evaluate the decision of the South Ayrshire Hospitals trust to conclude the recent contract


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with Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. and what additional resources are being awarded to the trust to enable it to meet its obligations under its contract with Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd.      [16740]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The health board contracts with the South Ayrshire Hospitals NHS trust for the provision of magnetic resonance imaging services. It is open to the trust to make its own arrangements for securing that provision, subject to the health board being satisfied that the quality and price is contained within the sum made available for the current mobile service in 1995 96.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how the South Ayrshire Hospitals NHS trust will make resources available to meet its obligations under the terms of its contract with Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. and if he will make a statement.      [16741]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The trust will meet the costs of the service from Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. as it will any other services, from the contract income it receives from its purchasers.

NHS (Private Sector Involvement)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which NHS trusts have approached the Scottish Office with proposals for the involvement of private sector bodies in the provision of treatment facilities within NHS hospitals.      [16736]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The following NHS trusts have approached the Scottish Office with proposals for the involvement of private sector bodies in the provision of treatment facilities within NHS hospitals.

Dundee Teaching Hospitals

Grampian Healthcare

Law Hospital

Hairmyres and Stonehouse

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Healthcare

Western General Hospitals

Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services

South Ayrshire Hospitals

However, there are other schemes in formative stages where trusts are yet to come to the Scottish Office with firm proposals.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance the Scottish Office has issued to Scottish health boards and NHS trusts relating to the involvement of private sector bodies in the provision of facilities for treatment within the NHS.      [16737]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The NHS management executive in Scotland has issued a wide range of guidance to health boards and NHS trusts over the last two years on this topic. These circulars build on guidance provided by Her Majesty's Treasury.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions Ayrshire and Arran health board and the Scottish Office have had with other NHS trusts and health boards in the west of Scotland in relation to the conclusion of the contract between the South Ayrshire Hospitals NHS trust and Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd. and the long-term financial implications of this agreement to these bodies' operational budgets.      [16738]


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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Neither the Ayrshire and Arran health board nor the Scottish Office has had discussions with any other health board or NHS trust about the services offered by Ayrshire Medical Support Ltd.

NHS Trusts (Asset Disposals)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment the Scottish Office has made of the disposal of assets by Scottish NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement indicating for each health board in Scotland the asset disposals which have occurred for each NHS trust which his Department has approved, the value of the disposal in each case, the body to which the asset was sold and the utilisation made of the capital receipt in each case.      [16733]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Property disposals by NHS trusts are assessed as required in the context of the NHS management executive's national oversight of NHS estate management in Scotland. In 1994 95, no disposal has been specifically approved by the management executive.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what powers of approval the Scottish Office has in relation to the disposal of assets by NHS trusts; and what involvement Scottish health boards have in this process.      [16734]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has a reserve power to prevent the disposal of property where this would be against the interests of the NHS. This power applies only to assets valued at more than a specific threshold--currently £0.5 million--and the trust is required to notify the management executive of such planned disposals in its annual business plans.


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In addition, certain types of disposal by trusts are covered by notification requirements contained in the NHS property transactions handbook issued in May 1993 by the NHS management executive. The property transactions handbook provides for the involvement of boards where they have an interest in the disposal concerned, for example if there are relevant service considerations.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance has been issued by his Department to NHS trusts and health boards in Scotland in relation to the disposal of assets by these bodies.      [16735]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The current guidance on NHS property disposals in Scotland is contained in the property transactions handbook, issued in May 1993 by the NHS management executive.

Constituency Visits

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all the visits he has made since the start of the current parliamentary Session to the constituencies of other hon. Members without prior warning to these hon. Members for any purpose connected with his departmental responsibilities.      [15022]

Mr. Lang [holding answer 21 March 1995]: None. My office always informs the local Member of Parliament of my forthcoming visit to their constituency once arrangements have been finalised.

Education Expenditure

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much is currently spent on education in each local education authority; and to what extent this has changed in relation to last year's figures in (a) real and (b) percentage terms.      [16790]

Mr. Kynoch: The information is set out in the table. The comparable information for 1995 96 is not yet available.


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Total Education Expenditure                                                                                                 

                      |1993-94         |1994-95         |1994-95                                                            

                      |Final outturn   |Budget estimates|Real terms at                    |Real terms                       

                      |actual          |actual          |1993-94 prices  |Actual increase |increase                         

Authorities           |£000            |£000            |£000            |Per cent.       |Per cent.                        

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Borders               |49,000          |50,181          |49,197          |2.41            |0.40                             

Central               |129,577         |129,297         |126,762         |-0.22           |-2.17                            

Dumfries and Galloway |73,196          |72,996          |71,565          |-0.27           |-2.23                            

Fife                  |166,671         |167,369         |164,087         |0.42            |-1.55                            

Grampian              |249,057         |250,572         |245,659         |0.61            |-1.36                            

Highland              |115,612         |114,646         |112,398         |-0.84           |-2.78                            

Lothian               |326,297         |324,327         |317,968         |-0.60           |-2.55                            

Strathclyde           |1,078,254       |1,103,418       |1,081,782       |2.33            |0.33                             

Tayside               |178,802         |180,690         |177,147         |1.06            |-0.93                            

                                                                                                                            

Regions               |2,366,466       |2,393,496       |2,346,565       |1.14            |-0.84                            

                                                                                                                            

Orkney                |13,438          |15,148          |14,851          |12,73           |10.51                            

Shetland              |24,271          |24,478          |23,998          |0.85            |-1.12                            

Western               |26,729          |27,344          |26,808          |2.30            |0.29                             

                                                                                                                            

Islands               |64,438          |66,970          |65,657          |3.93            |1.89                             

                                                                                                                            

Total                 |2,430,904       |2,460,466       |2,412,222       |1.22            |-0.77                            

Notes:                                                                                                                      

1. The figures for 1993-94 are final outturns, and are net current expenditure figures, including loan and leasing charges. 

2. The 1994-95 figures are budget estimates on the same basis.                                                              

3. The 1994-95 budget figures were converted to real terms using Her Majesty's Treasury GDP deflators dated 30 November     

1994.                                                                                                                       


 

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