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Vehicle Damage (Police)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will indicate for the financial years (a) 1991-92 and (b) 1995-96 for each of Scotland's police forces the amount paid out in insurance claims against these bodies in respect of damage to vehicles; [38648]

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

Health Boards and NHS Trusts

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when (a) health boards and (b) NHS trusts in Scotland will be in a position to publish their annual reports and accounts; and what instructions these bodies have been given about the time scale for publication of these documents. [38649]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Health boards are required to publish their annual reports by the end of October, and to include specific financial information in these reports. It is for each NHS trust to determine the timetable for publication of its annual report and accounts, but there is a statutory requirement on them to hold a public meeting to present audited accounts and annual reports not later than six months after their respective accounting dates.

Operations (Waiting Times)

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the current median waiting periods for patients needing (a) hip replacements and (b) cataract treatment at (i) each hospital where this operation is provided and (ii) in Scotland indicating the equivalent waiting times for the two preceding years. [37495]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 19 July 1996]: The information requested is in the table:

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Total hip replacement Cataract operations
Hospital of treatmentMedian wait (days)Median wait (days)
199319941995(42)199319941995(42)
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary------534665
Albyn Hospital----24------
Ayr Hospital957565207197153
Borders General Hospital5766724377174
Bridge of Earn Hospital65----------
City Hospital----70------
Crosshouse Hospital576469------
Dr. Gray's Hospital------787973
Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary197255183194136121
Dundee Royal Infirmary719390------
Dumfermline and West Fife Hospital75----------
Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary8771198------
Gartnavel General Hospital110----27----
Gilbert Bain Memorial Hospital------1507558
Glasgow Royal Infirmary93159150------
Glasgow Western Infirmary120133134494554
Hairmyres Hospital494374------
Inverclyde Royal Hospital78110106164148208
Kings Cross Hospital17----------
Law Hospital194180210------
Monklands District General Hospital8911167------
Ninewells Hospital------675055
Perth Royal Infirmary9812694------
Princess Margaret Rose Hospital101133143------
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline721290806555
Raigmore Hospital121138178123116126
Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital------73275
Royal Alexandra Hospital596977628284
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill------395021
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh12141719110594
Southern General Hospital956493304293188
St. John's Hospital78247345926
Stirling Royal Infirmary1331871969910291
Stobhill Hospital56627492137199
Stonehouse Hospital106101120129138146
Stracathro Hospital515076------
Victoria Hospital1171249879----
Victoria Infirmary99153141------
Western Isles Hospital214067------
Woodend General Hospital667163------
Scotland8810399908688

(42) Provisional data. -- No relevant operations performed.


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Asbestos (East Kilbride)

Mr. Ingram: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the current legal action being taken against the former East Kilbride development corporation by residents of the Telford road area on the question of liability for the removal of asbestos from their properties. [38448]

Mr. Kynoch [holding answer 19 July 1996]: It would be inappropriate for my right hon. Friend to comment while the matter is before the courts.

Acute Beds

Mr. Chisholm: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each health board in Scotland the number of acute beds for each of the last five years and the projected number for 2000. [38398]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 19 July 1996]: The total number of average available staffed acute beds for each health board for each of the last five years is given in the table. There is no central projection for the number of acute beds in the year 2000. It is for health boards and NHS trusts to determine the number of beds required to deliver services taking into account their own local circumstances.

Average available staffed beds in Acute Specialties(43)

19921993199419951996(44)
Argyll and Clyde1,2861,2481,2041,1881,140
Ayrshire and Arran1,1521,1361,1071,075971
Borders354354348335338
Dumfries and Galloway435419406405416
Fife851800791774754
Forth Valley605600588592573
Grampian1,6401,9181,8851,8431,804
Greater Glasgow4,1944,0363,8993,6513,581
Highland740743729724796
Lanarkshire1,6651,6321,5921,5501,526
Lothian2,6592,5772,4552,3972,298
Orkney6262979185
Shetland4946464646
Tayside1,8011,7481,6221,5891,540
Western Isles859710310095
Scotland17,58017,41416,87316,36015,963

(43) Includes Acute, Supra-area and Special categories specialty groups.

Excludes obstetrics.

(44) Provisional.


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NHS Waiting Lists

Mr. Chisholm: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when NHS waiting list figures for March 1996 will become available in (a) unpublished form and (b) published form; [38400]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 19 July 1996]: Waiting list figures as at 31 March are published annually in December by the information and statistics division of the Common Services agency of the national health service in Scotland in "Scottish Health Statistics". Information on waiting list figures at other dates is held by the information and statistics division of the Common Services agency, but is not routinely published.

Student Awards

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what provisions apply to the payment by local authorities in Scotland of awards to students equivalent to education maintenance allowances paid by local authorities in England and Wales; if he will list those local education authorities in Scotland which pay such awards;

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how much is currently paid by each; if he will list the practice of each authority as to when the allowance is paid; and if he will make a statement. [38446]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson [holding answer 19 July 1996]: The equivalent of education allowances in Scotland are higher school bursaries. All the education authorities in Scotland have the power to offer these bursaries, and to determine the circumstances in which they will do so. Details of the policies and expenditure of individual authorities are not held centrally.


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