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Health Authorities (Resources)

Sir Wyn Roberts: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what decisions he has reached about the allocation of resources to the new health authorities in Wales for 1996-97. [13343]

Mr. Hague: I announced on 13 December that I had decided to provide an additional £84 million for the NHS in Wales for 1996-97. This brings total NHS spending to £2,274 million. Within this sum, I propose to allocate £1,587 million to hospital, community and the cash-limited element of the family health services. Subject to approval of the relevant supply estimate, this amount will be distributed as follows:

The new health authorities will receive £1,491.6 million for revenue purposes. This is an increase of £55 million or 3.85 per cent. over 1995-96 plans, and 1.1 per cent. in real terms. In addition, authorities and trusts will be expected to generate efficiency savings of at least 3 per cent. This amounts to £40 million including a further £3.25 million savings in managements costs. These savings, together with the £55 million cash increase, will be available to meet inflationary and other pressures and enable further investment to be made in patient care.

Health authorities and NHS trusts will also receive £95.8 million for capital investment. They are also expected to receive additional receipts from sales of surplus land. These additional resources will be available for reinvestment in capital development. In additional to

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public sector capital spending, I expect the NHS in Wales to benefit significantly next year from private sector capital investment under the private finance initiative.

I want the NHS in Wales to see PFI as the main source of funding for capital investment. It offers a unique opportunity to bring forward capital projects which are additional to existing public expenditure plans.

Details of the planned allocations to the new health authorities, which come into being on 1 April 1996 and the provisional external financing limits for NHS trusts is contained in a statement which has been placed in the Library of the House.

Valuation Office, Bangor

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received against the possible transfer of work from the valuation office in Bangor to offices outside Gwynedd; and if he will make a statement. [12100]

Mr. Angela Knight: I have been asked to reply.

To date, representations have been received from members of staff of the valuation office in Bangor and a constituency Member of Parliament.

Consultation has recently commenced with members of staff and their trades unions and will also be conducted with national representatives of the valuation profession and other bodies with an interest in the future of the valuation office review.

Consultation is expected to be completed by summer 1996 and the outcome announced in due course.

Hospitals

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many general hospitals there were in Wales in 1980, 1990 and 1995; and if he will make a statement. [10744]

Mr. Richards: The information requested is contained in volumes 12 and 20 of "Health and Personal Social Services Statistics Wales" and in "Health Statistics Wales 1995", copies of which are in the Library of the House.

Dentists

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many dentistry practices there were undertaking NHS treatment in 1993 and 1994 in Gwynedd; [10758]

Mr. Richards: Information on the number of dentistry practices is not available centrally. However, the number of principal dental practitioners treating some NHS patients is given in the following list, a principal dental practitioner would be the head of a practice, although two or more may practise together. The list includes only principals who carry out the majority of their work in Gwynedd. There may also be other principals who carry out some work in Gwynedd.

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Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many dentistry practices undertook NHS treatment in Clwyd in (i) 1991, (ii) 1992 and (iii) 1993; and if he will make a statement; [10674]

Mr. Richards: Information on the number of dentistry practices is not available centrally. However the number of principal dental practitioners treating some NHS patients is given in the following list, a principal dental practitioner would be the head of a practice, although two or more may practise together. The list includes only principals who carry out the majority of their work in Clwyd. There may also be other principals who carry out some work in Clwyd.

Number of principals dental practitioners, treating some NHS patients, in Clwyd:


Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many dentists in Gwynedd are currently providing NHS dental service; and what was the figure before the introduction of his initiative. [11964]

Mr. Hague: At 30 September 1995, there were 65 dentists--62 of whom were principals--providing a NHS dental service in Gwynedd. Only those dentists who carry out the majority of their work in Gwynedd have been included in the figures. More recent figures are not yet available.

Llanelli (Development)

Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the impact of the Millennium Commission's grant towards the development of the Llanelli coastal park on the joint venture agreement between the Welsh Development Agency and Llanelli borough council. [11830]

Mr. Hague: I welcome the Millennium Commission's decision to support the development of Llanelli coastal park. It is for the Llanelli joint venture partners to take account of the decision in their future plans.

Positive about Disabled People Symbol

Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for his Department and each of the agencies for which he is responsible if it uses the Employment Service's positive about disabled people symbol for (a) external recruitment and (b) internal recruitment and promotion. [11917]

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Mr. Richards: The Welsh Office and Cadw use the Employment Service's positive about disabled people symbol for external recruitment and work to its principles for internal promotions and recruitment.

Education Authority Budgets

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of the budgets of education

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authorities, in Wales is allocated to (a) schools and (b) non-school expenditure; and how much money this represents per school pupil in each case. [10922]

Mr. Richards: Information on county councils' budgeted expenditure for 1995-96 on education services is given in the following table.

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1995-96 Budgeted expenditure on education(19)

Schools expenditure(20) Non-schools expenditure
As a percentage of total eduction expenditure£ per pupil(21)As a percentage of total education expenditure£ per pupil(21)
County council
Clwyd952,1894101
Dyfed932,3867177
Gwent912,1619211
Gwynedd922,3517172
Mid Glamorgan922,2458197
Powys912,4809233
South Glamorgan891,99811238
West Glamorgan932,2717172
Wales922,2278186

Source:

Local authority returns.

Notes:

(19) Excludes expenditure on grant maintained schools and mandatory student awards that are 100 per cent. funded by central government.

(20) Includes expenditure on management and support services allocated by authorities to schools. Incudes home teaching and individual teaching at other establishments e.g. hospitals and special units. Excludes expenditure on school catering which is included under non-schools expenditure.

(21) Based on provisional full-time equivalent pupil numbers as at January 1995.


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Teachers' Pay

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average salary of a class teacher in Wales in the (a) nursery, (b) infant, (c) primary and (d) secondary sectors. [11708]

Mr. Richards: The average salaries for full-time classroom teachers in maintained--including grant-maintained--nursery, primary and secondary schools in Wales as at 31 March 1994 are as follows:

NurseryInfantsOther primarySecondary (excluding sixth-form colleges)
££££
19,10018,70018,70020,600


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