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Unspent Balances

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the total amount of unspent balances held by general practitioner fundholders or by family health service authorities on their behalf at the latest available date (a) in the whole of Wales and (b) by family health service authority separately. [17354]

Mr. Hague: The information, as at 31 March 1995, is as follows:

FHSA£000
Clwyd1,115
Dyfed692
Gwent2,753
Gwynedd469
Mid Glamorgan775
Powys1,836
South Glamorgan1,277
West Glamorgan1,246
Wales10,163

Source

FHSA annual accounts 1994-95.


Ysbyty Gwynedd NHS Trust

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he had had with the chairman of the Ysbyty Gwynedd NHS trust in relation to the suspension of the medical director. [17410]

Mr. Hague: None. The medical director has not been suspended.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what reports he has had from the chairman of the Ysbyty Gwynedd NHS trust concerning allegations of fraud. [17409]

Mr. Hague: I have received no formal reports. The chairman of the trust is in contact with my officials about allegations of fraud.

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Departmental Report

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date he proposes to publish the departmental report for 1996-97. [17242]

Mr. Hague: The 1996 Welsh Office departmental report, covering the 1995-96 financial year, will be published on 25 March 1996. No date has been decided for the publication of next year's report.

Emergency Medical Admissions

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library a copy of his statement of 21 February on the priority for placement of emergency medical admissions and its impact on elective surgery bed availability. [17243]

Mr. Richards: My comments on the response of NHS trusts to the demand for emergency admissions were made at the launch of the 1996 patients charter.

My main message was that hospitals should not refuse to admit emergency cases unless all beds, other than child and maternity beds, are full.

This is in line with the recommendations of the emergency admissions action plan developed by senior health authority and trust staff.

Community Health Councils

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the present Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan community health councils about the future separation of the administration of the two councils; and what advice he has given about the appointment procedures to be adopted for staff in the event of separate administrative arrangements being implemented. [17244]

Mr. Hague: Consultations with both councils have led to agreement in principle to the possible separation of administrative functions, provided no additional costs are involved.

The Welsh Health Common Services Authority, the employing body, has asked existing staff from both councils whether they want to be considered for the possible chief officer posts.

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date he last requested figures from the Welsh training and enterprise councils as to the levels of their reserves and their latest estimate of year-end balances; and if he will make a statement on the estimated total figure for end-year unspent balances. [17355]

Mr. Hague: TECs in Wales provide my Department on a quarterly basis with current and projected year-end reserve levels. The latest figures, which reflect income and expenditure to 31 December 1995, were received in February.

My officials are currently in discussion with Welsh TECs about the projected year-end position in the light of developments during the final quarter of the financial year.

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I will write to the hon. Member when these discussions have been completed.

Planning Department (Welsh Office)

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each of the last three years the numbers of staff in each grade and in total employed in the planning department of his office. [17570]

Mr. Hague: The requested information can be seen in the table.


LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department publish (a) annual reports, (b) annual accounts, (c) the minutes of meetings, (d) the agendas of meetings and (e) a register of members' interests, indicating in each case if this is (i) under a statutory requirement or (ii) voluntary. [16825]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: The Lord Chancellor's Department sponsors two such bodies: the Legal Aid Board and the Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board. However, the latter has been inactive since March 1992, when the Lord Chancellor announced his decision to postpone implementation of the authorised practitioners scheme.

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The Legal Aid Board publishes annual reports which are laid before Parliament. Annual accounts are included in that report, as is information about the background of board members. The board does not publish the agendas or minutes of meetings of the board or its committees. There are statutory requirements for the board to publish information as to the discharge of its functions in relation to legal aid and for the Lord Chancellor to lay before each House of Parliament a copy of every statement of accounts and report of the auditors sent to him in accordance with requirements under the Legal Aid Act 1988.

Divorce Petitions

Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many petitions for divorce have been filed (a) within one year of marriage and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years; and of those petitions how many relate to marriages where one party has lived in the United Kingdom for less than two years. [17749]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: The question concerns a specific operational matter on which the chief executives of the Court Service and the Northern Ireland Court Service are best placed to provide answers on the Lord Chancellor's behalf. I have accordingly asked the chief executives to reply direct.

Letter from M. D. Huebner to Mrs. Teresa Gorman, dated 27 February 1996:


Information on the number of petitions filed within one year of marriage is not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. It is also not possible to say how many divorce petitions relate to marriages where one party has lived in the United Kingdom for less than two years.

Letter from H. G. Thompson to Mrs. Teresa Gorman, dated 27 February 1996:


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    It is not possible to identify the number of these which related either to marriages of less than one year in duration or to marriages where one party has lived in the United Kingdom for less than two years.
    I am able to report that the number of Decrees Absolute granted in marriages of less than two years duration was a total of 96 over the same 10-year period.


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