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EU Data Protection Directive

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement concerning progress towards the introduction of primary legislation based on the European Union's data protection directive; to what extent manual files are covered in the directive; and if he will make a statement. [5346]

Mr. Sackville: We hope shortly to issue a consultation paper seeking views on the implications of the directive for United Kingdom law. The directive applies to automatically processed records, and to manual records held in "filing systems". The consultation paper is likely to invite views on the scope of this expression.

Night Clubs (Security)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to introduce legislation requiring night clubs to improve security and entry checks in respect of knives and other dangerous weapons; [4780]

Mr. Maclean: My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans to introduce legislation to require night clubs to improve security and has not discussed this with police authorities. He is currently consulting the Association of Chief Police Officers about the problem of unlawful knife-carrying, and whether the law needs changing. Night club owners may require customers to undergo a search for weapons before entering the premises.

Cheshire Constabulary

Mr. Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the weekly orders for the Cheshire constabulary, the titles of which have been sent to him. [4530]

Mr. Maclean: No. The weekly orders are internal documents for the information of the force. Any wider dissemination is a matter for the chief constable.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Police Emergency Calls, London

Mr. Dicks: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average response time to 999 calls by the Metropolitan police. [4814]

Mr. Maclean: I understand from the Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis that in the 12-month period to 30 November the average time taken to answer a 999 call was 12 seconds. In the six months to the end of November 1995, the average time for officers to respond to a 999 call graded "immediate" was 12 minutes. The relevant Metropolitan police charter standards are to

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answer 999 calls within 15 seconds in 80 per cent. of cases--latest statistics give an achievement rate of 84 per cent.--and to arrive at urgent incidents within 12 minutes in 75 per cent of cases, for which latest statistics give an achievement rate of 90 per cent.

Mr. Congdon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 999 calls are received by the Metropolitan police each year; and what is the average number per hour. [4815]

Mr. Maclean: I understand from the Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis that in the year 1 April 1994 to 31 March 1995 the Metropolitan police received 1,534,978 calls on the 999 system. Since 1 April this year 1,145,809 999 calls have been logged. This represents an

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average of 200 such calls received per hour. The other metropolitan forces in England receive between 16 and 50 calls per hour via the 999 system.

National Lottery (Fraudulent Claims)

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases involving fraudulent national lottery claims have been successfully brought to court. [4722]

Mr. Sproat: I have been asked to reply.

This is an operational matter for Camelot Group plc. I have therefore asked the Director General of the National Lottery, who is responsible for regulating the operation of the lottery, to write to the hon. Member and to place copies of his response in the Libraries of the House.

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SCOTLAND

Munitions Dumped at Sea

Mr. Foulkes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 22 November 1995, Official Report, column 162, what consideration he has given to representations that the scope, extent and nature of the surveys by the Marine Laboratory into dumped munitions and chemicals should be extended; and if he will make a statement. [3515]

Mr. Kynoch: The need for and scope of any further survey will be decided once the full results of the recent Marine Laboratory survey of the Beaufort's dyke area are available.

Statutory Instruments

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all statutory instruments in respect of health services from his Departments for the present Parliament. [4065]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: As the reply is lengthy, I shall arrange for copies of the list to be placed in the Library of the House.

Loans (NHS Executives)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been paid in loans to senior executives of (a) each NHS trust in Scotland and (b) each health board in Scotland in each of the last four financial years; what guidance his Department has issued on this matter; and what procedures his Department has to scrutinise those loans. [4445]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 8 December 1995]: This information is not held centrally. Payment of loans is a matter for the employing authority. For senior executives on national terms and conditions of service, the provisions of the General Whitley Council handbook will apply.

NHS Capital Projects

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the number of capital projects in the NHS in Scotland begun in 1994-95 and funded outwith the private finance initiative indicating in each case the total capital cost. [4533]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information requested is shown in the table.

National health service in Scotland major capital projects(8) started during 1994-95

Value (£ million)
Western Infirmary, Glasgow Beatson oncology centre extension 2.5
Western General, Edinburgh Breast unit out-patients clinic 1.0
Lochmaben community hospital development 1.7
Stirling Royal Infirmary Out-patients department 1.6
Dumfries Royal Infirmary Overcladding2.7
Monklands hospital day unit and dermatology department 2.8

(8) Net building cost excluding value added tax, professional fees and

equipment, in excess of £1 million.


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Foreign Ownership of Land

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many titles to land are held by foreign nationals. [4948]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Information on the number of titles to land in Scotland which are held by foreign nationals is not available. Information on land transactions is, however, available from the Registers of Scotland executive agency.

Hospital Services, Stonehaven

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the responses received by Grampian health board and his Department relating to the proposal to put out to open tender the provision of hospital services at Stonehaven. [4926]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Grampian health board has allowed until 5 pm on 21 December for the registration with it of expressions of interest in providing a new hospital and services for the Kincardineshire area. I will write to the hon. Member after that date. No such responses have been made to the Scottish Office Department of Health.

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library copies of the basic information pack in relation to the contract to build new hospital facilities in Stonehaven. [4923]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: I am arranging to have a copy of the information pack prepared by Grampian health board placed in the Library.

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library a copy of the briefing documents prepared by the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS trust and issued to parties interested in tendering for the design, building and financing of the new Edinburgh royal infirmary and the operation of a range of non-clinical support services. [4954]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: All such documents are in the public domain and are normally available on request from the relevant NHS organisation. Because of the volume of documents issued by the Royal Infirmary, the trust has made these available for viewing to any interested party by arrangement at the trust's offices and has expressed a preference, in the interests of economy, not to produce further copies.


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