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Right to Buy

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each year form 1985-86 to 1996-97 the total value of discounts for the right-to-buy scheme for (a) council tenants, (b) Scottish Homes tenants, (c) new town tenants and (d) other public tenants in Scotland.[24394]

Mr. Macdonald: The information available for council tenants, Scottish Homes tenants and new town tenants is set out in the table. Information on Right to Buy sales to other public sector tenants is not held centrally.

Total value(11) of discounts for the right-to-buy scheme, 1985-86 to 1996-97.
£ million

Council tenantsScottish Homes tenantsNew town tenants
1985-8698.71.410.9
1986-87110.61.69.6
1987-88196.41.718.9
1988-89317.80.822.5
1989-90402.21.140.7
1990-91356.33.729.5
1991-92319.610.917.4
1992-93327.113.115.1
1993-94299.618.818.4
1994-95(12)305.938.923.5
1995-96(12)232.228.01T.4
1996-97(12)201.926.83.3

(11) The values given are in cash terms.

(12) The figures for 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97 are not yet finalised.


Hospital Discharges

Mr. Gorrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many patients were ready for discharge from hospitals in Scotland awaiting appropriate accommodation and packages of care in the community and in nursing homes at the most recent date for which figures are available. [25010]

Mr. Galbraith: Information on the number of patients ready for discharge to the community is not collected routinely.

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Social Work Services

Miss Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will require Scottish local authorities to have a common charging policy for social work services. [25608]

Mr. Galbraith: Local authorities are required to apply a common charging policy for people whom they place in residential nursing home care. Authorities have discretionary powers to charge for certain day and domiciliary care services. In all cases, account must be taken of a person's financial circumstances when assessing the level of charge.

Sustainable Development

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what mechanisms he has put in place to ensure the Government's objective of promoting sustainable development is reflected in the outcome of the comprehensive spending reviews for his Department.[25900]

Mr. Dewar: I have asked my noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for agriculture, the environment and fisheries in Scotland, whose responsibilities as Green Minister include the promotion of sustainable development, to assist colleagues in the comprehensive spending reviews in my Department. In fulfilling this role Lord Sewel will ensure that the Government's commitment to sustainable development is properly reflected in all the reviews currently being conducted in my Department.

Non-Scottish United Kingdom Students

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the total financial contribution of non-Scottish United Kingdom students to the Scottish economy in off-campus expenditure for each of the last five years. [25348]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 26 January 1998]: The Scottish Office has made no such estimate. However, I am aware of the report "The Impact of the Scottish Higher Education Sector on the Economy of Scotland" (the McNicholl Report), commissioned by the Committee of Scottish Higher Education Principals and published two

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years ago, which suggested that non-Scottish UK students contributed £100 million annually in off-campus expenditure on goods and services.

Prison Staff Pay

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to introduce regulations to establish a framework for the determination of prison staff's pay under the terms of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. [26151]

Mr. McLeish: This matter is under consideration. In Scotland, discussions between management and unions in the Prison Service have been taking place on what conciliation/mediation arrangements might be appropriate, should there be a failure to reach agreement on pay.

Acute Beds (Lothian)

Mr. Chisholm: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will list the number of admissions by specialty to acute beds in the Lothian Health area in (a) 1989-90 and (b) 1995-96; and the projected number of such admissions in 2002-2003. [26420]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 30 January 1998]: Information on the average number of available staffed acute beds, the number of admissions to acute beds and throughput by specialty in Lothian Health Board are for the years to 31 March 1990 and 31 March 1996 and projected for the year 2003 is given in the tables which have been placed in the Library. The projected figures were provided by Lothian Health Board.

CS Gas

Mr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions police officers in (a) Strathclyde and (b) elsewhere in Scotland have discharged CS spray in the last year; how many police officers were injured; and if he will make a statement.[25831]

Mr. McLeish [holding answer 30 January 1998]: Operational trials of CS aerosol incapacitant spray began last October in Strathclyde and Tayside Police areas. Since the trials began the spray has been used on 3 occasions in Strathclyde and once in Tayside. On 2 occasions, officers were in the course of being assaulted when they used the spray. They suffered minor injuries, though they were fit to continue on duty: the use of the spray avoided the risk of much more serious injuries. On one occasion, the officers themselves were slightly affected by the spray, but were fit to continue on duty and suffered no lasting effects. The trials are due to end in March.

Domestic Violence

Mr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he proposes to deal with

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domestic violence,; what funds he is making available to (a) local authority and (b) voluntary association projects; and if he will make a statement. [25832]

Mr. McLeish [holding answer 30 January 1998]: The Government recognise that domestic violence is a serious problem which threatens many people, mainly women and children. It is unacceptable in itself and also impacts on many areas of the lives of victims and on their freedom to live their lives without fear and in the way they wish. The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Women's Issues has designated the need to tackle domestic violence as one of 3 major issues it is committed to addressing. We are taking a number of steps to combat the problem in Scotland.

Almost £240,000 has been provided this financial year to Scottish Women's Aid under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.

The Urban Programme supports around 5 projects addressing the needs of women and children suffering from domestic violence and other forms of abuse. These projects will receive funding amounting to around £400,000 in 1998-99.

The previous Government commissioned a research study from Dr. Sheila Henderson of Reid-Howie Associates to inform future policy on domestic violence and addressing 3 main questions.




We have received a report from Dr. Henderson and will consider very carefully its wide ranging recommendations in partnership with service providers.

Nursing Students

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what criteria will be used to determine which applicants to courses in nursing, midwifery and the professions allied to medicine will be successful in receiving maintenance bursaries. [26558]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 30 January 1998]: Applicants gaining a place on courses in nursing, midwifery and the professions allied to medicine will be eligible for maintenance bursaries. I expect that the total number of places available will remain at around current levels. Such bursaries for students undertaking degree courses in nursing, midwifery and the professions allied to medicine will be means-tested.

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what will be the amount of maintenance bursary for nursing, midwifery and the professions allied to medicine students. [26559]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 30 January 1998]: Students undertaking full-time Nursery and Midwifery diploma courses will continue to be offered non-means tested bursaries as at present.

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Students undertaking degree nursing, midwifery and professions allied to medicine courses will have access to means-tested bursaries.

Standard bursary rates for Scottish domiciled nursing and midwifery degree students, and professions allied to medicine students in academic year 1998-99 will be:

£
Students living in the parental home1,325
Students living outwith the parental home1,735

Such students will also be entitled to apply for a student loan.


Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the funding arrangements will be for student nurses qualified with HND/RN who wish to continue directly on to full-time degree study. [26561]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 30 January 1998]: It is not possible to qualify as a nurse with a Higher National Diploma/Registered Nurse.

Students with a Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing or Registered Nurse or Midwife who progress to a full-time degree may be given credit for their existing qualification by the institution offering the degree. Their eligibility for student support arrangements for that qualification would be on the same basis as others taking the course.


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