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NHS Trusts and Health Boards

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state for each NHS trust and health board the (a) names, (b) dates of appointment and (c) party affiliations of the non-executive directors who have (i) been appointed since 1 May 1997 and (ii) resigned since 1 May 1997. [37796]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 6 April 1998]: As the information is rather lengthy, I have arranged to have a copy placed in the House Library.

Small Business Loans Scheme

Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the future of the Small Business Loans Scheme. [40645]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 12 May 1998]: The Small Business Loan Scheme was introduced by the Scottish Enterprise network in 1994, with the aim of trying to encourage small businesses, when utilising banking facilities to finance investment, to place greater reliance on term loans and less on overdrafts. Having been introduced on a pilot basis, the scheme was discontinued last year after an independent evaluation concluded that the scheme had not sufficiently met its objectives.

Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to extend the Small Business Loans Scheme to the tourism sector. [40646]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 12 May 1998]: The Small Business Loan Scheme has been discontinued. My right hon. Friend has no plans to extend it to the tourism sector.

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Prawn and Scallop Fishing

Mrs. Ray Michie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made towards introducing a weekend ban on prawn and scallop fishing off the west coast of Scotland; what measures are being taken to preserve stocks; and if he will make a statement. [41640]

Mr. Macdonald [holding answer 19 May 1998]: The Government are keen to ensure that the scallop fishery continues to be conducted on a sustainable basis. With this in mind, a range of possible options for scallop conservation are being looked at. Conservation measures for the west coast prawn (nephrops) stock are already in place in the form of a total allowable catch set on the basis of independent scientific advice from the Advisory Committee on Fishery Management. The Scottish Fishermen's Federation and the Clyde Fishermen's Association have urged the Government not to introduce any sea-time restrictions on the nephrops fleet and we have no plans at present to do so.

Breast Cancer

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many women in Scotland waited over (a) one month, (b) three months, (c) six months and (d) 12 months for breast cancer treatment in the year ended 31 March (i) 1996, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1998. [41721]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 12 May 1998]: The precise information requested is hot held centrally since the waiting times data collected nationally do not explicitly identify patients waiting for breast cancer treatment. Information is collected nationally on the number of women who were admitted to hospital from the waiting list with a breast cancer-related diagnosis and who were later discharged following medical or surgical treatment. The relevant information for the years ending 31 March 1996 and 1997 and the latest available for the year ending 31 March 1998 is set out in the table.

Year ending 31 March
Patients waited199619971998(6)
Over one month390357283
Over three months141311
Over six months952
Over twelve months320

(6) Data for year ending 31 March 1998 provisional.


SMR1, ISD Scotland


Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many leukaemias were (a) observed and (b) expected in the 0-24 age group in the postcode sector DG7.3 (Castle Douglas) in the periods (i) 1990 to 1994 and (ii) 1995 to the present time; and if he will make a statement on the incidence of leukaemia in Castle Douglas relative to the rest of Scotland. [42135]

Mr. Galbraith: No cases of leukaemia were observed in the 0-24 age group in postcode sector DG7.3 during the periods 1990-94 or 1995-96 (the most recent year for which information is available). For postcode sector DG7.3, based on background rates in Scotland as a whole,

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the expected numbers of cases of leukaemia in this age group, by period of diagnosis are shown in the following table:

Observed and expected numbers of cases of leukaemia in age group 0-24 years in DG7.3 in the periods 1990-94 and 1995-96

Time periodObserved number of casesExpected number of cases

Euro (Teaching Materials)

Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to monitor the content of teaching and information materials about the Euro currency funded by the European Commission supplied to schools in Scotland and to ensure its compliance with the terms of the Education Act 1996. [42681]

Mr. Wilson: The provisions of the Education Act 1996 do not apply in Scotland where education authorities and headteachers are responsible for the delivery and management of the curriculum. Guidance is, however, offered by the SOEID and this guidance provides adequate opportunity for issues relating to the Euro currency to be included in the curriculum.

In the National Guidelines on Environmental Studies, 5-14, the European Union is a fairly common topic to select for study under the heading of People and Society. There is opportunity in the Modern Studies Standard Grade to cover currency questions relating to the European Union. This is also an option at Higher Grade and there are National Certificates that concentrate on Europe. Finally, under the Higher Still arrangements materials are being developed which will be sent to schools later this year. These also provide opportunity for covering issues relating to the European Union.

In addition, the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum have produced a Handbook entitled "Thinking European" which provides ideas for integrating a European dimension into the curriculum.

Forestry Commission Land (Hunting)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the agreement was signed between the Forestry Commission and the Masters of Foxhounds Association incorporating standard terms and conditions for hunting with hounds on Forestry Commission land. [41887]

Mr. Macdonald [holding answer 18 May 1998]: Although the Forestry Commission and the Masters of Foxhounds Association agreed the terms and conditions for licences to hunt foxes on Commission land earlier this year, the formal agreement has not yet been signed.

New Deal

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list (a) by Employment Service region and (b) in total (i) the number of personal advisers in post to administer the New Deal programme and (ii) the number of New Deal applicants expected in 1998-99; and if he

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will calculate by Employment Service region the ratio of expected New Deal applicants to personal advisers, indicating the average for Scotland. [42149]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 18 May 1998]: The information for those eligible for the 18-24 programme by New Deal Units of Delivery within Scotland is tabulated. The planning assumption is that New Deal Personal Advisers will have an average caseload during Gateway of 33 clients with sufficient time being available to allow advisers to visit a further 12 clients a month who are on one of the 4 options.

Scotland: New Deal for 18-24 year olds

Unit of deliveryNumber of personal advisers allocatedProjected new deal client group 1998-99(7)
Dumfries and Galloway4.71790
Forth Valley10.661,788
Edinburgh East and Midlothian16.32,965
West Lothian3.06750
Argyll and The Islands1.84313
Caithness and Sutherland1.3193
Inverness and Nairn2.45437
Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey1.61378
Ross and Cromarty1.51307
Skye and Lochalsh0.9265
Western Isles0.77152

(7) Indicative assumptions based on current unemployment levels. These are not forecasts of the actual numbers who will participate but they do help to ensure that adequate resources are in place to meet potential demand


The ratio of expected applicants to Personal Advisers is a largely meaningless statistic because due to the rolling nature of the programme, it does not indicate the number of young people a Personal Adviser would be required to deal with at any one time

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