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NHS Finance

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide (a) for each region and (b) for the trusts in each region for each of the last three years (i) the original capital cash limits (ii) the net amount of subsequent transfers or adjustments, (iii) the consequent final cash limits, (iv) receipts from the sale of fixed assets and (v) capital cash payments to acquire assets excluding donated assets. [10933]

Mr. Horam: National health service trusts do not have capital cash limits. Total cash payments are controlled by external financing limits which represent the difference between trusts' internally generated resources and approved capital spend.

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Health authorities and national health service trusts are not required to distinguish between the cash flows for purchased and donated assets in their accounts.

The other information requested will be placed in the Library.

Over the period the number of NHS trusts increased. As a consequence the capital resources available to trusts increased and there was a corresponding reduction in the capital resources available to health authorities.

NHS Trusts (Return on Capital)

Mr. McLeish: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the target figure in cash terms for the return on capital for each NHS trust annually since their inception and the actual return on capital annually; and how much of the actual surplus was (a) retained by the NHS trusts and (b) returned to the Government. [12621]

Mr. Horam [holding answer 30 January 1996]: National health service trusts are required to make a six per cent. return on their net relevant assets, not a target figure in cash terms. Tables showing the actual return achieved in percentage terms by each trust, and their retained surplus, for the financial year 1991-92 and 1992-93 will be placed in the Library. The equivalent information for the financial years 1993-94 and 1994-95 is already available in the Library within reports on national health service trusts financial performance. Tables showing amounts paid by national health service trusts to the Consolidated Fund in interest and dividends for each financial year since 1991-92--the first year national health service trusts were established--will also be placed in the Library.

NHS Trusts (Legal Costs)

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the Department has met the legal costs of workers of the boards of health trusts; which trusts were assisted; what was the cost to the Department in each case; and where provision was made for these costs in his Department's estimates. [13806]

Mr. Malone: The Department contributed towards the legal costs incurred by the non-executives of Cornwall Healthcare national health service trust in the libel action brought against them by Mrs. Abigail Kirby-Harris the former chairman. The contribution made by the Department towards the legal costs of all the litigants was £250,000 for which provision was taken in the winter supplementary estimates for 1995-96 presented to Parliament on 16 November 1995.

This is the only case in which such a payment has been made by the Department.

Mr. Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules govern the payment by NHS trusts of legal costs incurred in actions involving members of the boards of trusts; and what sum has been incurred to date in meeting these costs. [13808]

Mr. Malone: National health service trusts meet their directors' litigation costs where required to do so under the National Health Service Act 1977, or where vicariously liable at common law for the directors' actions, or where--in appropriate cases--they have indemnified the directors against such costs.

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No central record is kept of sums paid by NHS trusts towards legal costs.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

British Library

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to the letter to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, JH/95/M/688, what actions he is taking to pursue the issue of oral scientific history with the national sound archive of the British library. [8247]

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 22 January 1996]: I propose to discuss the subject of oral scientific history with the chief executive of the British library.

Built Heritage

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when she expects to publish a Green Paper on possible reforms of legislation to protect the built heritage. [13677]

Mr. Sproat: I hope to do so within the next couple of months.

Job Advertisements

Mr. Janner: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many jobs have been advertised in each grade in her Department during the last three months for which records are available; and how many people have applied for each such job. [13830]

Mr. Sproat: My Department has not advertised any jobs in the last three months.

Departmental Publications

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which of her Department's administrative manuals and internal guidance are now made public; and which remain private. [14029]

Mr. Sproat: The following internal Departmental guidance is available to the public on request:


The following material is not available for public dissemination:


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Spare Computer Capacity

Mr. Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will list all cases where spare computer capacity has been sold to other Departments since 1992, giving the Department and value of each contract. [14085]

Mr. Sproat: The Department of National Heritage has never sold any spare computer capacity to other Departments.

Teletext

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what steps she is taking to ensure that providers of Teletext and other additional services, receive parity of treatment with other public service broadcasters in the allocation of guaranteed increased capacity in the digital environment. [13819]

Mr. Sproat: Teletext, the holder of the public service teletext licence, has been guaranteed sufficient digital capacity to simulcast its existing service. The Secretary of State recently met Teletex to discuss its digital service, and is considering further its request for increased capacity.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Prosecutions (Police Officers)

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Attorney-General if he will list in each of the last 10 years the cases where the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute police officers for (a) assault, (b) wrongful imprisonment and (c) malicious prosecution where a private prosecution subsequently produced a conviction; what damages were paid in each such case; and what disciplinary action was taken against each police officer in each of these cases. [13436]

The Attorney-General: The Crown Prosecution Service came into existence in 1986. It does not maintain statistics of allegations of criminal offences committed by police officers broken down by type of offence. Nor does it collect or maintain statistics about any private prosecution that may follow a decision not to prosecute whether or not that prosecution results in a conviction. Damages are normally only paid in the context of civil rather than criminal proceedings but are, like disciplinary proceedings, matters for the police force concerned and do not involve the Crown Prosecution Service.

DEFENCE

Porton Down Chemical and Biological

Defence Establishment

Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what have been (a) the nature and (b) the period of the collaboration between the Porton Down Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment and the common cold unit at Harnham Down, Salisbury since 1966; [13000]

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Mr. Arbuthnot: These matters are for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Ken Livingstone, dated 8 February 1996:


Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 January, Official Report, columns 528-30, if he will give the full title of each research contract and the university department involved for each of the contracts listed. [13105]

Mr. Arbuthnot: This is a matter for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Ken Livingstone, dated 8 February 1996:


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Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 11 January, Official Report, column 317, how many times in (a) 1993, (b) 1994 and (c) 1995, the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment placed requirements for volunteers in "Defence Council Instructions"; and if he will place copies of these in the Library. [13092]

Mr. Arbuthnot: This is a matter for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Ken Livingstone, dated 8 February 1996:


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Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions are placed by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment on the provision to volunteers of copies of the original laboratory reports of the experiments in which they participated; what factors underlie the imposition of these restrictions; and if he will make a statement. [13091]

Mr. Arbuthnot: This is a matter for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Ken Livingstone, dated 8 February 1996:


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Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 20 December 1995, Official Report, column 1172, if he will list the titles of each of the unclassified documents published under the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment technical papers series since 1991. [13108]

Mr. Arbuthnot: This is a matter for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Ken Livingstone, dated 8 February 1996:


Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the titles and subject matter of the scientific papers in the Porton technical papers series produced by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment which bear the numbers 905, 911, 913, 916, 920 , 921, 922, 923, 924, 925, 926, 927, 928, 930, 931, 933, 934, 935, 936 and 941. [12997]

Mr. Arbuthnot: This is a matter for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Ken Livingstone, dated 8 February 1996:


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