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Highland Health Board

Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the proportionate value of the computer equipment transferred from Highland health board to the Computing Sciences Corporation Ltd. as part of the privatisation process earlier this year; and if he will make a statement. [308]

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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The proportionate value as at March 1995 of the equipment transferred from Highland health board to the Computing Sciences Corporation Ltd. was 5.5 per cent. of the total market value of the equipment transferred by the NHS in Scotland. This was based on an independent market evaluation.

Public Bodies

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the names of individuals who have been appointed to non-departmental public bodies serving and working within Lanarkshire indicating their political party affiliations, if known. [2953]

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 28 November 1995]: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Non-departmental public bodies in Scotland are listed in the annual Cabinet Office publication, "Public Bodies", which includes the addresses of all executive non-departmental public bodies. The hon. Member may wish to approach these bodies direct for the information he seeks. As a general rule, political affiliation is not a criterion for appointment to public bodies and, except where this information is volunteered by the appointee, it is not made a matter for record.

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total expenditure on non-departmental public bodies in Scotland. [2954]

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 28 November 1995]: In 1993-94, my Department spent £1,567 million on executive and advisory bodies and tribunals. This is the most recent year for which figures are available. It includes total Government funding to these bodies of £1,562 million and direct expenditure by my Department of £5 million. Details of expenditure by non-departmental public bodies is published annually by Cabinet Office in "Public Bodies".

Orchard House Nursing Home

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will request that BBC Frontline Scotland programme to supply him with its videoed evidence of its investigation into Orchard House nursing home. [2957]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 28 November 1995]: My right hon. Friend understands that, as part of Lanarkshire health board's inquiry into the standards of care at Orchard House nursing home, the investigating officer was allowed by the British Broadcasting Corporation to view its videoed evidence of the Frontline Scotland investigation into Orchard House nursing home. The board's inquiry is now complete and the necessary follow-up action is underway.

Nursing and Residential Homes

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to review legislation to give more powers to local authorities and health boards to enable them to introduce stricter controls on registration of nursing homes and residential homes; and if he will make a statement. [2958]

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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 28 November 1995]: A Scottish Office working group, which includes representatives of local authorities, care home owners' associations and users, is currently considering residential home registration and inspection issues, including the current legislative arrangements. National standards for the registration and inspection of nursing homes will be the outcome of a project funded by the health board general managers' group.

We shall consider all recommendations from these groups, which would help ensure the continued protection of the potentially vulnerable people cared for in these homes.

Nursing Homes, Lanarkshire

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many residents have died in Lanarkshire nursing homes in the Lanarkshire health board area in each year since 1979. [2959]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 28 November 1995]: This information was not held centrally before October 1992. The information requested since then is as follows:

YearDeaths
1 October to 31 December 199293
1993538
1994589
1 January to 30 September 1995479

Local Enterprise Companies

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what discussions his Department has had with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise in relation to the levels of beneficial interest declared by local enterprise company directors in local enterprise company contracts; [1191]

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Mr. Kynoch [holding answer 24 November 1995]: The local enterprise company operating contracts approved by the Scottish Office require local enterprise companies to have in place registers of directors' interests that are open to public inspection, procedures for avoiding conflicts of interest, and arrangements for publishing details in their annual reports of contracts in which directors have an interest.

The detailed procedures within this overall framework are an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which the Department has discussed with them from time to time. Both the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise networks have adopted procedures which ensure that the private interests of local enterprise company directors are declared and registered, and that directors do not take part in board decisions on matters in which they have an interest. Local enterprise company directors serve on the board of only one local enterprise company, in whose area they must live or work. They play no role in the decisions of any other local enterprise company board, so there is no conflict of interest if another board should take a decision affecting their private beneficial interests.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Japanese Companies

Dr. Bray: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list those Japanese firms which currently have research and development teams operating in the United Kingdom. [3162]

Mr. Eggar: As of 3 October 1995, my Department's Invest in Britain Bureau was aware of 100 Japanese companies engaged in some form of research, development and/or design--RD and D--in the United Kingdom. A full list of these companies with details of their RD and D activities and their locations within the United Kingdom is being placed in the Library of the House.

COPEX Exhibition

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the representatives of Government Departments who visited the COPEX exhibition at Sandown racecourse in November. [1641]

Mr. Lang: The information requested is not held by my Department and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Telephone Disconnections

Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the number of telephone disconnections in each year of the five years prior to privatisation; and if he will make a statement. [3098]

Mr. Ian Taylor: This is a matter for BT. The statistics requested are not currently maintained within the Department, or by Oftel.

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Offshore Installations

Dr. Godman: To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) when he expects to receive the abandonment programme for the North West Hutton platform; and if he will make a statement; [2045]

Mr. Eggar: Amoco (UK) Exploration Company, the operator of the North West Hutton installation, has been conducting studies since 1992 in connection with the future decommissioning of this installation. The decommissioning date for this installation will depend on a number of factors. I am not yet in a position to say when I will be calling on the owners to submit a programme.

We have approved the following abandonment programmes for offshore installations in each of the past five years:

YearFacility
1991Crawford
1992Argyll, Duncan and Innes Blair
1993Angus Forbes
1994 Fulmar Single Anchor Leg Mooring (SALM) buoy Brent Spar oil storage and tanker loading facility
1995 Esmond (2 installations) and Gordon

Each of these programmes was approved after a series of discussions with my Department and consultation with interested parties. No abandonment programme has been rejected or modified under section 4 of the Petroleum Act 1987.


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