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Pensioners (Glasgow)

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of (i) male and (ii) female pensioners resident in the city of Glasgow. [11863]

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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Registrar General's latest--mid-1995--population estimates show that there were (i) 35,912 men aged 65 and over, and (ii) 77,138 women aged 60 and over in the city of Glasgow council area.

Health Boards (Finance)

Mr. Chisholm: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the forecast (a) income and (b) expenditure at the end of the 1996-97 financial year for each health board. [12046]

Lord James Douglas Hamilton: The table shows the forecast income and expenditure for hospital and community health services for each health board as at the end of the 1996-97 financial year.

£000
Health boardsForecast income 1996-97Forecast expenditure 1996-97
Argyll and Clyde279,496279,496
Ayrshire and Arran219,868219,868
Borders74,82174,606
Dumfries and Galloway102,605102,128
Fife207,541207,541
Forth Valley163,514162,807
Grampian334,136332,860
Greater Glasgow649,003644,084
Highland138,048138,048
Lanarkshire322,072322,072
Lothian480,269480,269
Orkney14,84514,845
Shetland16,88616,886
Tayside293,271290,771
Western Isles27,89327,893
Total3,324,2683,314,174

Marshall Food Group Ltd.

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial assistance has been provided to Marshall Food Group Ltd. in each of the last 10 years in relation to their production plant at Coatbridge; on what terms; and if he will make a statement. [11848]

Mr. Kynoch: The following financial assistance has been provided by the Department:

Since 1987, a total of £2,857,500 has been paid under the regional selective assistance scheme. These payments related to offers made in 1987 and 1990 and the last payment of grant was made in 1993. Additionally, regional development grant of £679,942, offered in 1987, was paid in association with the RSA offers, the last payment being made in 1991.

The purpose of these offers was to assist the company in undertaking a capital investment programme at Coatbridge involving the safeguarding and creation of jobs at that location. The company has met its obligations under the terms of the offers.

The above grants represent all but a small part of the assistance provided in relation to this company's Coatbridge plant. Additional support has been provided by the Scottish Enterprise network in recent years; I will ask the chairman of that organisation to write to the hon. Member with details of this as soon as possible.

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Intensive Care Beds

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many admissions were made to intensive care beds in Scotland in 1978-79 or the most recent year thereafter for which figures are available. [11332]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The number of patients discharged from intensive care beds in the year ending 31 March 1979 was 8,137.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many admissions were made to intensive care beds in each health board area in Scotland during 1995-96. [11333]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The information is set out in the table.

The number of intensive care discharges at year ending 31 March 1996

Health boardDischarges
Argyll and Clyde1,193
Ayrshire and Arran803
Borders215
Dumfries and Galloway1,569
Fife365
Forth Valley506
Grampian562
Greater Glasgow7,211
Highland900
Lanarkshire3,465
Lothian4,260
Orkney--
Shetland--
Tayside2,740
Western Isles--
Scotland23,789

Prescription Drugs

Mr. Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what period of notice was given to general practitioners in Scotland in respect of the deadline for comments on the recent list of drugs to be removed from GP prescription; how many representations were received; and what discussions his officials have had with the British Medical Association about the period of notice. [11319]

Lord James Douglas Hamilton: On 25 November 1996, the Department of Health, on behalf of the UK health departments, issued a press release announcing consultation on recommended changes to the list of products which GPs may not prescribe on the NHS. Comments were invited by 9 January 1997. About 200 representations have been received in response. There have been no discussions with the BMA about the period of notice.

Employment (Glasgow)

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by category the estimated total number of jobs located within the city of Glasgow and the estimated number of vacancies in each category. [11868]

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Mr. Kynoch: The table sets out the latest estimate of the number of employees in employment in the former City of Glasgow district council area and vacancies registered with the Employment Service.

Industry 1992 standard industrial classification 1995 Annual employment survey--employees in employmentVacancies registered with employment service--October 1996
Agriculture, forestry and fishing3009
Energy and water3,0003
Manufacturing37,6001,273
Construction18,4001,223
Distribution, hotels and restaurants67,5004,113
Transport and communications22,500519
Banking, finance and insurance67,6002,183
Public administration97,0002,099
Other services16,8001,603
Total330,60013,025

Source:Office for National Statistics, the Employment Service.


Ayrshire and Arran Health Board

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the annual salary and employment costs for the communications manager recently appointed by Ayrshire and Arran health board. [11920]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: This information is not held centrally. Health boards have delegated responsibility for recruitment and for terms and conditions of their staff.

Stone of Destiny

Mr. Home Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 5 December, Official Report, column 731, relating to costs in connection with the return of the Stone of Destiny, when he expects to have collated the costs; and if he will notify the hon. Member for East Lothian of the figures as soon as they are available. [9968]

Mr. Foulkes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to have finalised the collation of all of the costs involved in relation to the return of the Stone of Destiny; if he will send details of the costs to all hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies; and under which budget heads the costs will be covered. [10660]

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answers 22 and 13 January 1997]: The Scottish Office has already indicated that the costs incurred were expected to be in excess of £50,000. The cost of the ceremonies marking the return amounts to £34,434.15. In addition, the Scottish Office will meet £27,708.50 incurred by the armed services. All these costs will be met, as planned, from the Scottish Office administration budget.

PRIME MINISTER

Scotch Whisky Industry

Mr. McKelvey: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Indian Prime Minister in respect of the Scotch whisky industry. [12144]

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The Prime Minister: Although the Scotch whisky industry was not discussed during my meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, it was covered in the meetings between the Indian Finance Minister and my right hon. Friend, the President of the Board of Trade, at one of which representatives of the Scotch whisky industry were present. The Indian Minister indicated that whisky would be involved in a wider programme of liberalising imports of consumer goods into India, although the timing was not yet clear. The Government will continue to press for improved access for Scotch whisky to this potentially very important market.

UN Special Session (Environment)

Sir Anthony Durant: To ask the Prime Minister which Government Minister will be attending the United Nations General Assembly special session on the environment in June. [12442]

The Prime Minister: I shall be attending the United Nations General Assembly special session in June.


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