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will make no order under part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 unless it is essential to do so, and what orders are made will be particular to the needs of each case. Raw data from the courts will therefore be of limited value. The Scottish Office will, however, evaluate the impact of the provisions of part I as part of a comprehensive research programme on the operation of the provisions of the whole Act.
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Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidelines have been produced on the use of shared parenting in divorce in Scotland in relation to the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. 
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: No guidelines as such on the use of shared parenting on divorce in Scotland have been produced by the Scottish Office. The interpretation of part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 is for the courts.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Scottish Office is planning to evaluate the effect of part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. I intend to announce details of a research programme on the impact of the Act on children and their families early in the new year.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate (a) how many people and (b) the percentage of people who have been admitted to hospital as a direct result of complications after (i) surgery and (ii) medicinal treatment in Scotland in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Complications following surgery(29)|
|Percentage of all discharges||1.1||1.2||1.2||1.3||1.5|
|Adverse effects of drugs, medicaments or biological substances(30)|
|Percentage of all discharges||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.3|
(29) Surgical operation and other surgical procedures as the cause of abnormal reaction of patient, or of later complication, without mention of misadventure at the time of operation.
(30) Drugs, medicaments and biological substances causing adverse effects in therapeutic use. This includes the "correct drug properly administered" and excludes accidents in dosage or administration. The figures include cases where the initial treatment was not in hospital.
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|Parliamentary electorate||Local Government electorate|
|Argyll and Bute||69,462||69,594|
|Dumfries and Galloway||116,639||116,815|
|Edinburgh, City of||356,439||358,737|
|Glasgow, City of||469,791||470,878|
|Perth and Kinross||103,259||103,442|
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people (a) have been prescribed and (b) took the steroid Prednisolone in Scotland in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 17 December 1996]: This information is not available in the form requested. It is not possible to identify the number of people who were prescribed or took Prednisolone. Data collected cover the number of prescription items dispensed in Scotland.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill introduces electronic tagging so that hooligans can be confined to their homes, or within a very restricted area, and disqualification from driving will be available for all offences.
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Rev. Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the names of those who have been appointed to serve on the Criminal Cases Review Commission, indicating those from Northern Ireland.
Sir John Wheeler: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given today by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in response to a question from my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Burton (Sir I. Lawrence).
Mr. Ancram: Between 1993-94 and 1994-95, there was a decline of 15 per cent. in the number of all types of vocational awards--national vocational qualifications and general national vocational qualifications--made by the main awarding bodies to candidates in Northern Ireland.
As regards GNVQs only, however, there was an increase in the number of students in schools and colleges in Northern Ireland gaining full qualifications. The percentage increases from 1993-94 to 1994-95 were as follows:
Foundation level: 200
Intermediate level: 28
Advanced level: 316.
Sir John Wheeler: There is currently a working party within the RUC considering the concept of sexual orientation and its implications for the force, in terms both of service delivery and human resource management.
Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the annual saving from the closure of Dundonald training centre; how many staff are employed at the centre; how many persons were trained in the centre in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ancram: Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Training and Employment Agency under its chief executive, Mr. Ian Walters. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
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Letter from Ian Walters to Mr. John D. Taylor, dated 18 December 1996:
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has asked me, as Chief Executive of the Training & Employment Agency (T&EA), to reply to your question about the proposed closure of Dundonald Training Centre.
The closure of Dundonald Training Centre will result in estimated programme expenditure savings of £1.2 million in a full financial year. This saving will be offset by the cost of providing Jobskills training for young people at other training organisations which will be in the region of £500,000 per year.
At present, 40 staff are employed at Dundonald Training Centre. We will seek to avoid compulsory redundancies through re-deployment to other Agency Training Centres, voluntary premature retirement and natural wastage.
In each of the past three years the number of people who enrolled for training at Dundonald Training Centre was as follows:
|Year||Numbers of trainees|
(31) At 13 December 1996.
The Agency will ensure that all trainees currently at Dundonald Training Centre are allowed to complete their agreed period of training at the Centre. Following the closure of the Centre, trainees who, in accordance with their training programme, are placed with employers for their further training will be supervised by staff from other parts of the Agency's Training Centre network.
I hope you find this information useful.
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