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Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the decision on whether to build a super-max prison; and if he will make a statement. [10782]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 13 January 1997]: The Prison Service carried out a feasibility study of the Learmont recommendations that new prisons should be built to house the most dangerous and difficult to control prisoners in the system. Ministers are considering the study. Any decision will hinge on the assessment of the costs and benefits of concentration. A move towards concentration would represent a fundamental change in penal policy and there will therefore need to be a very careful examination of the options.


Electricity Interconnector

Mr. Foulkes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he received the reply from Scottish Power to his intimation that he was minded to approve the electricity interconnector to Northern Ireland subject to undergrounding of certain sections; what other representations he has received since this intimation; when he expects to make a final decision on the application; and if he will make a statement. [11436]

Mr. Kynoch: My right hon. Friend received Scottish Power's comments on 20 December 1996. Comments were also submitted by 22 other interested parties. My right hon. Friend is currently considering all these representations and will announce his final decision in due course.

Mental Handicap Services

Mr. Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what arrangements are being made concerning the transfer of funds from mental handicap hospitals that are closed to mental handicap community services; who is responsible for determining these arrangements; and what mechanisms there are to ensure that the funds released continue to be used for mental handicap community services; [11324]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The size and timing of resource transfers from the NHS to local authorities and others are matters for local determination following joint local needs assessments.

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Where hospital closures are proposed, the agencies involved are charged with ensuring that replacement care and support services appropriate to needs are in place and available before any closure is made.

Resources transferred from health boards to local authorities continue to be NHS resources for which the councils account to the boards to ensure that the moneys are spent on the level and type of services agreed following local needs assessments.

My Department monitors individual resource transfers.

Mr. Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current position regarding planned closures of long-stay mental handicap hospitals in Scotland; which hospitals are proposed for closure; on what dates; and what funds will be available for community services as a result of the closures. [11323]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Health boards' plans have been approved for the closure of two long-stay mental handicap hospitals in Scotland: Gogarburn hospital in Lothian and Woodilee hospital in Greater Glasgow, but neither hospital will close until alternative facilities and services are in place and properly resourced.

Where hospital closures are proposed, the agencies involved are charged with ensuring that replacement care and support services appropriate to needs are in place. The level of funding required for alternative community services is a matter for local determination.

Food Safety

Mr. Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what statistics he collates in respect of inspections relating to control of foodstuffs by food enforcement authorities; and how many inspections there have been in each year since 1993. [11326]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: In compliance with article 14 of the official control of foodstuffs directive 89/397, the Secretary of State for Scotland collates the number of food hygiene and food standards inspections carried out annually by food enforcement authorities in Scotland.

This information for each calendar year since 1993 is:

Food hygiene inspectionsFood standards inspections

(26)Figures not yet available.

Unemployment (Glasgow)

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) young men and (d) young women were unemployed in the city of Glasgow in (i) June 1979 and (ii) June 1996; and how many were long-term unemployed in each category. [11862]

Mr. Kynoch: Unemployment statistics for 1979 are not available for the area represented by the Glasgow unitary authority.

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In June 1996, there were 26,890 men and 6,729 women in the city of Glasgow registered as unemployed and claiming benefit.

Statistics concerning the age and duration of the unemployed are available on a quarterly basis and are not available for June 1996. In July 1996, there were 7,199 males and 3,289 females who were aged 24 and under and registered as unemployed and claiming benefit. There were 16,082 men and 3,175 women in the city of Glasgow who had been registered as unemployed and claiming benefit for over six months.

Departmental Offices

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the name and location of each of his Department's offices and the number of people employed in each. [11866]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The numbers of people employed in each of the Scottish Office's buildings are shown in the tables.

Table A: All staff in the Scottish Office and its executive agencies (other than SPS) at 1 January 1997, by building

Victoria QuayEdinburgh1,171
Longmore House and Monuments(27)Edinburgh and various690
Pentland HouseEdinburgh500
St. Andrews HouseEdinburgh452
Saughton HouseEdinburgh385
Tay HouseGlasgow319
Marine LaboratoryAberdeen178
St. Margaret's HouseEdinburgh177
16-17 Waterloo PlaceEdinburgh176
Meridian CourtGlasgow163
James Craig WallEdinburgh142
Gyleview HouseEdinburgh133
East CraigsEdinburgh131
Russell HouseAyr71
Soafd VesselGreenock71
Grampian Area OfficeInverurie69
Soafd VesselLeith61
Strategy HouseEdinburgh56
Hayweight HouseEdinburgh55
Robert Stevenson HouseEdinburgh51
Government BuildingsInverness50
Franborough HouseGlasgow49
Cotgreen RoadTweedbank42
Scottish Police CollegeKincardine on Forth39
Government BuildingsDumfries36
Dover HouseLondon33
N College of Ed BuildingBroughty Ferry31
Corunna HouseGlasgow30
Freshwater Fisheries LaboratoryAlmondbank/Pitlochry30
Cameron HouseOban28
7 Mill StreetPerth27
Chambers StreetEdinburgh22
Government BuildingsStirling22
Haymarket HouseEdinburgh21
25 Drumsheugh GardensEdinburgh20
Government BuildingsKirkwall20
Governor HouseEdinburgh20
Strathbeg HouseThurso16
10 Keith StreetStornoway15
Fishery OfficeFraserburgh15
140 CausewaysideEdinburgh14
Charlotte HouseLerwick14
Fishery OfficeDundee14
Mulberry HouseEdinburgh13
1 Grosvenor CrescentEdinburgh12
Scottish Fire Service Training SchoolGullane12
132 SeagateDundee11
Bonnington GarageEdinburgh11
Estates OfficePortree11
Fishery OfficeLerwick11
Greyfriars HouseAberdeen11
Jeanfield HousePerth11
BalivanichIsle of Benbecula10
Fishery OfficeAberdeen10
Wellgate HouseDundee10
Cadzow CourtHamilton9
22/23 Melville StreetEdinburgh8
631 Paisley Road WestGlasgow8
Donaldson HouseEdinburgh8
Fishery OfficeScrabster8
Parliament HouseEdinburgh8
20 Walker StreetEdinburgh7
Nel Technical ParkEast Kilbride7
32 Reidhaven StreetElgin6
Fishery OfficeKinlochbervie6
48 Manor PlaceEdinburgh5
Fishery OfficeLochinver5
Fishery OfficeBuckie5
Fresh Fish StationMontrose5
Ord CroftLairg5
Scottish Office total6,227

(27) Covers 124 staff in locations with five staff (eg small Fisheries Offices), plus 211 centrally managed staff (eg paid staff on maternity leave, longer term sickness, unposted staff etc.).

(28) Many Historic Scotland staff are based at ancient monuments or historic buildings in very small numbers. In view of the many buildings staffed by Historic Scotland all Historic Scotland staff have been grouped together.

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Table B: All staff in Scottish prisons service headquarters at 1 January 1998

Calton House(29)Edinburgh252

(29) SPS HQ only--excludes staff in prison establishments.

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