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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 6 March 1997

SCOTLAND

Parliamentary Answers

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many questions were tabled for reply by his Department in each Session since 1979-80; in how many instances in each year the reply has been that providing the information involved disproportionate cost; and in how many instances in each year questions have been given the reply that the information was not available centrally. [16799]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: A list of the number of written and oral parliamentary questions answered by the Department in the Sessions 1982-83 to 1995-96, as supplied by the POLIS unit, has been placed in the House Library. Figures for 1979-80 to 1981-82 are not available. The rest of the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Glenfeshie and Rothiemurchus Estates

Mr. Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what payments have been agreed under the management agreements with the (a) Glenfeshie and (b) Rothiemurchus estates. [17508]

Mr. Kynoch: These agreements were entered into before the formation of Scottish Natural Heritage and, unlike the present arrangements, details did not appear in a readily identifiable manner in its predecessor bodies' annual reports. If the hon. Member cares to write to Scottish Natural Heritage, it should be able to supply him with the information requested.

Animal and Poultry Research Establishments

Mr. Eric Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the proposed funding reductions to animal and poultry research establishments in Scotland; and what meetings he has had with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food concerned to discuss the consequences. [17967]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: The main animal and poultry research establishment in Scotland is the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, whose largest source of funding is the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. That funding is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, but I am advised that, while some reductions will take place as a result of existing projects coming to an end and of changes in MAFF's policy requirements, MAFF will continue to fund a substantial programme of research at the Roslin Institute in 1997-98 covering wide range of its programme.

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My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no meetings with my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on this matter.

Local Authority Employees

Mr. David Shaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in rank order the number of employees for each local authority per 1,000 of population for the most recent three years for which figures are available. [18095]

Mr. Kynoch: As the information requested is lengthy, I have arranged for it to be placed in the House Library.

Homeless Households

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many households have been accepted as homeless by local authorities in rural areas in Scotland in each year since 1979; [18673]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson: The information available centrally is set out in the table.

Number of households assessed as homeless or potentially homeless by local authorities following application under the current housing legislation, for whom accommodation has subsequently been secured

All ScotlandRural authorities
1978-799,0781,987
1979-808,4951,683
1980-817,9291,488
1981-828,8771,767
1982-839,1271,754
1983-848,8881,859
1984-8510,4691,910
1985-8612,5462,000
1986-8712,8602,192
1987-8811,7232,372
1988-8912,2012,555
1989-9014,3032,892
1990-9116,8753,318
1991-9219,1743,822
1992-9320,9434,573
1993-9419,8924,180
1994-9518,4404,125

1. The information above is based on case returns by local authorities which are available for around 95 per cent. of applications (though the proportion varies between local authorities). Accordingly the figures given understate the true position.

2. Districts with a population density of less than one person per hectare in 1981 are considered to be rural.

3. Statistics for 1995-96 will be published on 27 March 1997 in a statistical bulletin.


Payment of Bills

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of bills to his Department were paid (a) in accordance with agreed contractual conditions and (b) within 30 days of receiving goods and services or the presentation of a valid invoice where no contractual conditions applied in the last year for which figures are available. [18812]

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Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary on 17 December 1996, Official Report, column 506-7. Any additional information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Further Education

Mr. Gallie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will publish his report on the discharge of his duties for further education in Scotland, as required under section 1 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992; and if he will make a statement. [19481]

Mr. Michael Forsyth: I am pleased that my report on further education in Scotland for 1996 has been published today and has been laid before each House of Parliament.

Copies are available in the Library of the House.

The report, entitled "Further Education in Scotland 1996: Report by the Secretary of State for Scotland", shows that further education colleges continue to improve their delivery of a quality service to students and employers. Incorporation has been a major success, which can be seen by the colleges' achievement of 6 per cent. efficiency gains and a 9 per cent. increase in student activity in 1995-96.

Nutritional Standards

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the extent to which Scottish schools will have complied with the recommendations contained in the diet action plan for Scotland by the end of 1997-98. [17378]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson [holding answer 5 March 1997]: Implementation of these recommendations in schools is a matter for local authorities.

Education, Health and Social Security Spending

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what current spending is per annum on education, health and social security in Scotland; how many people are involved in delivering these services; what the equivalent spending figures were in real terms (a) five and (b) seven years ago; and if he will make a statement. [17544]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 5 March 1997]: Figures on social security are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security. The latest information available on education and health is set out in the table:

Service spending (£ million, 1995-96 prices) Number of people involved in delivering services (full-time equivalents)
1988-891990-911995-961995-96
Education(1)3,1743,3574,056(2)98,665
Health3,4373,5384,092114,114

(1) Figures make no adjustment to back years for transfers e.g. higher education from the Department for Education to the Scottish Office in 1993.

(2) Figures cover local authority education services (77,135), further education (11,695) and higher education (9,835). The higher education figures are provisional and do not include support staff.


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Scientists

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those scientific establishments other than the Central Science Laboratory, Central Veterinary Laboratory and the Institute of Food Research receiving funding from the Department indicating the number of scientists employed at each on projects funded by his Department on (a) the most recent date available and (b) 31 March (i) 1995, (ii) 1990, (iii) 1985 and (iv) 1980. [18172]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson [holding answer 5 March 1997]: The Scottish Office funds agriculture and related research with a wide range of contractors. The main contractors which were funded by the Scottish Office on 1 March 1997 and 31 March 1995 are listed in the table. Details of contractors funded by the Scottish Office on the earlier dates are not held centrally.

Information on the number of scientists employed by each contractor on projects funded by the Scottish Office is not held centrally.
1 March 1997
ADAS
Bell Ingram
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
The Central Science Laboratory
Entec Ltd.
The Hannah Research Institute
The Institute of Arable Crops Research
The Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
The Institute of Hydrology
The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Mike Madders Associates
The Moredun Research Institute
The Robert Gordon University
The Roslin Research Institute
The Rowett Research Institute
The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
The Scottish Agricultural College
The Scottish Crop Research Institute
The University of Aberdeen
The University of Cambridge
The University of Durham
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Glasgow
The University of Lancaster
The University of Leeds
The University of Manchester.
31 March 1995
ADAS
The Agriculture Research Institute of Northern Ireland
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
Children in Scotland
The Hannah Research Institute
The Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
The Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
The Moredun Research Institute
The Roslin Research Institute
The Rowett Research Institute

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The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
The Scottish Agricultural College
The Scottish Crop Research Institute
The Silsoe Research Institute
The University of Aberdeen
The University of Birmingham
The University of Dundee
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Glasgow
The University of Lancaster
The University of Stirling.


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