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Disability Living Allowance (Children)

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what plans she has to review the exclusion of children under five years of age from the mobility component of disability living allowance; [4774]

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Mr. Denham: We are planning to review provision for disabled people to reduce poverty and welfare dependency and provide work incentives. We will announce the scope for that review in due course. The estimated annual cost of extending the mobility component of disability living allowance to children under five years of age would be £40 million.


Minimum Wage

Mr. Tom King: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees of his Department and its agencies are paid (i) less than £4 an hour, (ii) less than £3.50 an hour and (iii) less than £3 an hour. [4194]

Mr. Ron Davies: Full and part-time staff are paid on the same basis; the number of hours worked does not affect the hourly rate of pay.

On 31 March 1997, the number of permanent staff in Welsh Office and its Agency (Cadw) earning less than:

In addition some 180 casual staff were employed on 31 March 1997 as AA or equivalent. Many of these will be employed towards the bottom of the relevant pay scale which is equivalent to less than £4 per hour. Information about precise numbers can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he intends to produce a popular version of the proposed White Paper on devolution for Wales. [4298]

Mr. Ron Davies: We shall be producing a factual and informative leaflet in good time before the referendum.

Belmont Special School

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will visit Belmont special school, Buckley, Flintshire. [4456]

Mr. Hain: Neither I nor my right hon. Friend has any plans to visit the school. Subject to other commitments, we are happy to consider invitations to visit schools in Wales, including special schools.

State Schools

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the total value of balances held by state schools in Wales. [5067]

Mr. Hain [holding answer 23 June 1997]: According to section 122 outturn statements for 1995-96, the latest year for which this information is available, LEA maintained schools in Wales held balances of just under £50 million. This equates to an average balance of

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£25,500 per school. Grant-maintained schools in Wales had net current assets of £958,969, allocated across various heads including capital funds. This equates to an average balance--including capital funds--of £59,936.

The overall average balance for all schools in Wales is £25,780.

Sarn-y-Bryn Caled Road Junction

Mr. Opik: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 16 June, Official Report, column 62, if finance is available for the provision of a roundabout at the Sarn-y-Bryn Caled junction, Welshpool, in the current roads programme; and what is the expected completion date for the work on the roundabout. [4870]

Mr. Hain [holding answer 24 June 1997]: I am not able to confirm the finance available for the roads programme for 1998-99 until completion of our roads programme review due later this year. Once started, the anticipated contract duration for the redevelopment is six months.

Public Bodies

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the administrative and other running costs of each public body to which he makes appointments in rank order for the last year for which figures are available. [4536]

Mr. Ron Davies: The following tables set out the latest available information for those bodies to which the Secretary of State makes appointments, as listed in the annual publication, "Public Bodies", copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

Non-departmental public bodies

Running costs budget
1997-98 £
Executive NDPRs
Welsh Development Agency20,171,000
National Museum and Galleries of Wales10,452,000
Countryside Council for Wales8,900,000
National Library of Wales4,870,000
Cardiff Bay Development Corporation4,497,000
Wales Tourist Board3,958,000
Development Board for Rural Wales3,580,000
Tai Cymru2,770,000
Further Education Funding Council for Wales2,425,000
Arts Council of Wales2,004,000
Land Authority for Wales1,890,000
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales1,616,000
Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales1,573,000
Welsh Language Board1,109,000
Sports Council of Wales995,000
Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting975,000
Residuary Body for Wales920,700
Agricultural Wages Committee3,286
Advisory NDPRs
Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales500,000
Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board53,000
Welsh Medical Committee21,000
Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee18,000
Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee16,000
Historical Buildings Council for Wales15,000
Staff Commission for Wales11,000
Welsh Committee on Drug and Alcohol Misuse10,000
Library and Information Services Council (Wales)9,000
Welsh Committee for Post Graduate Pharmaceutical Education8,940
Ancient Monuments Board for Wales8,000
Welsh Nursing and Midwifery Committee8,000
Welsh Dental Committee7,500
Welsh Council for Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education5,500
Hill Farming Advisory Sub-Committee for Wales(8)3,000
Welsh Optical Committee1,500
Environment Agency Advisory Committee for Wales1,314
Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committee1,000
Place Names Advisory Committee600
Rent Assessment Panel for Wales163,500
Registered Inspectors Appeals Tribunal (Wales)10,000

(8) Appointments made jointly by MAFF Minister and Secretary of State for Wales.

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Running costs expenditure 1995-96
Health authorities
Gwent health authorityNot available on individual basis
Bro Taf health authorityNot available on individual basis
Dyfed Powys health authorityNot available on individual basis
North Wales health authorityNot available on individual basis
Iechyd Morganwg healthNot available on individual basis
Special health authorities
Welsh health common services authority518,000
Health promotion Wales1,081,000

(9) The total running costs figure is that given in the audited accounts for 1995-96 of the 16 authorities (HAs and FHSAs) which merged into 5 Health Authorities on 1 April 1996. In view of the merger this figure cannot be taken as a reliable indicator for subsequent years.

NHS trustsRunning costs expenditure 1995-96
University Hospital of Wales Healthcare NHS Trust100,538,000
Glan Hafren NHS Trust61,047,000
Bridgend and District NHS Trust46,476,000
Gofal Cymuned Clwydian Community Care NHS Trust45,870,000
Pembrokeshire and Derwen NHS Trust(11)45,114,000
Glan-y-Mor NHS Trust44,895,000
Morriston Hospital NHS Trust42,463,000
Gwent Community Health NHS Trust40,730,000
North Glamorgan NHS Trust38,676,000
Gwynedd Hospitals NHS Trust38,383,000
Cardiff Community Healthcare NHS Trust38,075,000
Glan Clwyd District General Hospital NHS Trust37,979,000
Llandough Hospital and Community NHS Trust37,846,000
Wrexham Maelor Hospital NHS Trust35,308,000
Gwynedd Community Health NHS Trust34,367,000
Swansea NHS Trust33,367,000
East Glamorgan NHS Trust32,631,000
Powys Health Care NHS Trust29,582,000
Nevill Hall and District NHS Trust28,529,000
Carmarthen and District NHS Trust26,210,000
Rhondda Health Care NHS Trust20,806,000
Llanelli Dinefwr NHS Trust20,270,000
Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust16,426,000
South and East Wales Ambulance NHS Trust11,982,000
North Wales Ambulance NHS Trust8,800,000
West Wales Ambulance NHS Trust7,355,000
Velindre NHS Trust6,938,000
Mid Glamorgan Ambulance NHS Trust5,814,000
University Dental Hospital5,158,000

(10) The figures provided are taken from the Trusts audited accounts for 1995-96 except those for the Glan-y-Mor and North Glamorgan NHS Trusts which came into existence on or after 1 April 1996, which are estimates based on the size and type of Trust.

(11) Costs for Pembrokeshire and Derwen NHS Trust are totals of the two trusts which existed prior to their merger on 1 April 1997.

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