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Remand Prisoners

Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people received into prison on remand during 1994 were (a) acquitted, (b) freed at court, (c) sentenced to non-custodial sentence and (d) sentenced to a term of imprisonment (i) in total and (ii) by gender. [21017]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: This information is not held centrally.

Scottish Natural Heritage Projects

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the total amounts spent by Scottish

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Natural Heritage in each of the last three years on projects in each constituency in Scotland. [21096]

Mr. Kynoch: The information requested is not held in the form required. Details of Scottish Natural Heritage's annual expenditure are set out in its annual reports, copies of which are lodged in the Library of the House of Commons.

Competitive Tendering (Contracts)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many contracts for goods or services have been awarded in each of the last three financial years by his Department and its executive agencies after competitive tendering; and what was the total combined value of these contracts. [21035]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Scottish Office and its executive agencies follow Government policy that goods and services should be acquired by competition unless there are convincing reasons to the contrary. Formal competitive tendering procedures are normally used for all purchases over £10,000 in value. Details of the value and numbers of all contracts placed could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Scottish Homes

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will announce the name of the new chairperson of Scottish Homes; and if he will make a statement. [21098]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: My right hon. Friend expects to make an announcement shortly.

Population Statistics

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to the total numbers of people who are (a) unemployed, (b) old age pensioners, (c) in receipt of benefits, (d) under 16 years of age, (e) on low incomes, (f) living in poverty and (g) homeless in each of the new parliamentary constituencies in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [21102]

Mr. Kynoch: The information requested is not available.

Roads

Mr. Galbraith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was spent by the Scottish Office on (a) construction and improvement of trunk roads and (b) grants to local authorities for construction and improvement of other roads in Scotland at outturn prices in each year from 1975 to 1995. [19306]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 18 March 1996]: The information required is set out in the table for 1975-76 to 1994-95. Only expenditure on grants to local authorities for specific schemes is included. Grant aid to the majority of local authorities roads construction and improvement activity is subsumed within revenue support grant. Information for grants to local authorities for specific schemes from 1975-76 to 1983-84 for roads could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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£ million 8r>YearNet capital expenditure on trunk roads(12)Grants to local authorities for roads(13)
1975-7643--
1976-7744--
1977-7862--
1978-7965--
1979-8074--
1980-8181--
1981-8288--
1982-83102--
1983-8496--
1984-85973
1985-861015
1986-87954
1987-881122
1988-891104
1989-901362
1990-911722
1991-921731
1992-931962
1993-941912
1994-952082

(12) Includes expenditure on construction and improvement, structural repairs and other capital grants on trunk road projects. Figures taken from "Scottish Transport Statistics" Bulletins.

(13) Includes grants to assisted areas for access roads under the Industrial Development Act 1982 and specific grants under section 3 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. Roads and transport capital consent allocations are excluded.


Fox Fur Farms

Mr. Heppell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fox fur farms there are in each county of Scotland. [21375]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: There are no fox fur farms in operation in Scotland.

Municipal Farms

Mrs. Ray Michie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each current region and district council in Scotland (a) the number, (b) the size and (c) the market value of each farm owned by the council or on its behalf; and which are planned to be sold (i) before and (ii) after local government reorganisation. [21201]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: The information requested is not held centrally.

Mink Farms

Mr. Heppell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many licences were issued for mink farms in each county of Scotland in each of the last five years. [21374]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: The numbers of licensed mink farms are as set out in the table. No licences have been issued since 1993.

Region199119921993
Grampian111
Strathclyde11--
Total221


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Firearms

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the total number of gun clubs in each Scottish local government district, the total number of weapons held in each and the total membership in each for each year since 1985. [21715]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: There are currently 247 gun clubs in Scotland approved by the Scottish Office under section 15 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988. More detailed information about these clubs is not available centrally, but I am arranging for it to be collected and made available to the inquiry to be held by Lord Cullen.

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the total number of firearms certificates (a) which are issued for new applications, (b) which are renewals and (c) which are valid for more than one year for each year since 1985. [21708]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information is as follows:

New certificatesRenewals(14)
19853,167(15)--
19863,39110,200
19873,2239,800
19883,3079,900
19892,66910,100
19902,6978,700
19911,8508,400
19921,8518,300
19931,7708,500
19941,9919,200

(14) The renewals figures have been estimated centrally to take account of forces unable to provide this information.

(15) Not collected.


New firearm certificates granted prior to 1995 were initially made valid for three years and could be renewed after this time for further three-year periods. Since the Firearms (Period of Certificate) Order 1994 came into effect on 1 January 1995, the order has extended the life of all firearm certificates granted or renewed after that date to five years.

WALES

Fire Services

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will review his allocation of funds to the fire services consequent on the formation of the new local government unitary authorities; and if he will make a statement. [20649]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: Unitary authorities are responsible for funding fire authorities' revenue expenditure from their unhypothecated resources. The local government revenue settlement for 1996-97 was approved by the House of Commons on 8 February. Funding of fire authorities' capital expenditure is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary.

School Class Sizes

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what current restrictions apply in respect of class sizes in Wales; and if he will make a statement. [20729]

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Mr. Richards: Class sizes are a matter for individual school governing bodies to consider in the light of their local statutory responsibilities and their perception of educational needs and priorities.

Wheelchairs

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to introduce in Wales (a) a scheme to provide on the NHS powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs for severely disabled people and (b) a voucher scheme for the purchase of wheelchairs. [21256]

Mr. Richards: In the light of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Health's recent announcement about the provision of powered wheelchairs and a wheelchair voucher scheme, we are currently examining the implications of introducing similar arrangements in Wales.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to introduce in Wales a similar scheme to that announced by the Government on 23 February for England to provide powered indoor and outdoor wheelchairs for the severely disabled and financial aid for wheelchair users; and if he will make a statement. [21302]

Mr. Hague: I am currently examining the implications of introducing similar arrangements in Wales.


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