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GP Fundholders

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 13 February, Official Report, column 497, if he will give the total numbers of patients on the list of (a) fundholders and (b) non-fundholders in each health authority area; and what weighting he has (i) made and (ii) proposes to make for different age distribution in the population of each health authority using the patient unit formula. [15990]

Mr. Hague: The total number of patients on the lists of fundholders and non-fundholders in each family health services authority area in 1994-95 were:

Number of patients (000)
PHSAFundholdersNon-fundholders
Clwyd188238
Dyfed157206
Gwent178284
Gwynedd54196
Mid Glamorgan120446
Powys9238
South Glamorgan154283
West Glamorgan209178

These figures are not weighted for age. Figures expressed as prescribing units are not readily available.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 12 February, Official Report, column 478, and to the letter of guidance to South Glamorgan family health services authority on purchasing probity by general practitioner fundholders, what guidance he has issued to the chairman of the University Hospital of Wales NHS trust regarding the need to ensure that consultants employed by it behave with probity and avoid allowing their private activity to interfere with their NHS practice. [15991]

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Mr. Hague: None. Guidance on all aspects of the management of private practice in the NHS is contained in the document known as the "Green Book" which was issued in 1986.

Welsh Economic Forum

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions and on what dates the Welsh Economic Forum has met; what were the principal matters discussed; and what was the membership at the latest effective date. [15982]

Mr. Hague: The Welsh Economic Council met on 30 March 1994; 25 July 1994; 7 December 1994; and 26 April 1995. The topics for discussion were respectively: training and enterprise; communications; urban renewal; and the rural economy.

Until 31 January 1996, of the original appointments, membership was as follows:


I am currently considering the future of the council, and am awaiting the local authorities proposals on a reconstituted council for the future.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Sport Councils

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many times the Great Britain Sports Council met in its last year of operation; and if she will list those who attended each meeting. [12899]

Mr. Sproat: The GB Sports Council met 12 times last year. Mr. R. M. Walker, GB chairman attended all 12 meetings; Mr. G. Dennis, vice-chair, Mr. M. Parker and Mr. G. Simmers attended 11; Mr. T. Brooking, vice-chair, and Mr. O. Wheatley, 10; Mr. T. Marshall, Mr. K. Oates and Dr. S. Springman, nine; Ms J. Bracewell and Mr. J. F. Elms, seven--Mr. Elms' term of office expired on 30 September 1995; Mr. G. Thompson, five; and Sir David Simon, four; Sir David's term ended on 30 September 1995. Officials of the Sports Council were present as necessary. An assessor from the Department of National Heritage, and observers from the home country sports councils and the Central Council for Physical Recreation, also attended.

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many times the new United Kingdom Sports Council has met; and if she will list those who have attended each meeting. [12900]

Mr. Sproat: The formal establishment of the UK Sports Council is subject to the granting of a royal charter. A UK sub-committee of the Sports Council has met formally five times. Sir Ian MacLaurin (chairman), Mr. C. Reedie and Mr. O. Wheatley have attended all five meetings; Mr. D. Allen, Mr. G. Simmers and Dr. S. Springman, four; Mr. R Walker, three; and Mr. C. Lloyd one. Officials of the Sports Council were present as necessary. An

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assessor from the Department of National Heritage and observers from the home country sports councils and the British Olympic Association have also attended.

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many times the new English Sports Council has met; and if she will list those who have attended each meeting. [12898]

Mr. Sproat: The formal establishment of the English Sports Council is subject to the granting of a royal charter. An English sub-committee of the Sports Council has met once, informally, in January 1996. Those attending were Mr. Rodney Walker, Mr. Trevor Brooking, Mr. Peter Blake, Ms Julia Bracewell, Mr. Jim Munn, Mr. Keith Oates, Mr. David Oxley, Mr. Jeff Probyn, Mr. Sam Stoker. Officials from the Sports Council and the Department of National Heritage were also present.

Listed Industrial Buildings

Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what research her Department has carried out into the impact on private property values of the listing of industrial premises; and what compensation is offered to the owners of a property that is listed; [14980]

Mr. Sproat: My Department, English Heritage and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have jointly commissioned three research studies into economic aspects of the listing of historic buildings. The performance of listed buildings in the investment property market was considered by the investment property databank--"The Investment Performance of Listed Buildings, November 1993"; a pilot study by Cambridge university's property research unit examined the effect of listing on the value of buildings--"The Listings of Buildings: The Effect on Value, May 1994"--and a recent study by Reading university's department of economics and DTZ Debenham Thorpe has investigated ways in which the wider benefits of listing and conservation might be valued and measured.

The first two studies provided evidence that while commercial buildings can experience a one-off drop in value at the time of listing, thereafter they perform as investments as well as, or better than, similar buildings which are not listed, even when extra costs of upkeep are taken into account. There is no provision for compensating owners of buildings that are listed--through in certain circumstances repairs grants may be available. Planning policy guidance note 15: "Planning and the Historic Environment" exhorts local planning authorities and applicants for listed building consent to adopt a flexible approach wherever possible to proposed changes to listed commercial buildings. In the forthcoming heritage Green Paper, we shall be consulting on a range of possible changes to listing and listed building control procedures.

National Lottery

Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which projects in the Lancaster and Morecambe travel-to-work area have benefited from lottery funding; and what sums they have received. [15094]

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Mr. Sproat: Figures for national lottery projects in the Lancaster and Morecambe travel-to-work area are not available. However, 12 grants to projects totalling £2.7 million have been awarded to various projects in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Date ProjectArea(s)£
Sports6 September 1995Quernmore Recreation ClubLancaster2,314,259.00
NHMF19 September 1995King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment MuseumLancaster94,414.00
NHMF19 September 1995Ruskin Library/University of LancasterLancaster62,502.00
Arts21 September 1995The Folly TrustLancaster61,210.00
Sports3 October 1995Lancaster, John O'Gaunt Rowing ClubLancaster57,318.00
NLCB19 December 1995Lancaster, Morecombe and District SpasticsMorecambe and Heysham48,000.00
NLCB19 December 1995Lancaster Boys ClubMorecambe47,566.00
NLCB19 December 1995Lancaster and District Women's AidLancaster22,100.00
Sports10 January 1996Lancaster YMCALancaster, Morecombe and District17,500.00
Arts30 March 1995Morecombe Youth BandLancaster, Lancashire15,000.00
NLCB19 December 1995Arthritis Care--MorecambeLancaster, Lancashire6,790.00
NLCB23 October 1995Morecambe and Heysham Citizens Advice BureauMorecambe, Lancashire6,545.00
Total12 projects2,753,204.00

Ms Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what guidance is given to boards of trustees about the declaration of interest when fulfilling their duties of distributing national lottery funds. [15098]

Mr. Sproat: The second financial direction issued to all lottery distributors under section 26 (3) and (4) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 states that each distributor shall devise and abide by a procedure for handling potential conflicts of interest which may arise in the evaluation of applications by the body or individual members of that body. This should be provided to the Secretary of State before the distribution of any funds under section 25 of the Act, and thereafter at the beginning of each financial year.

It is the responsibility of the individual body concerned to ensure that trustees are aware of the respective requirements and comply with them.


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