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Manpower Reductions

Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what long-term financial savings his Department will achieve through the reduction of (a) military and (b) civilian manpower. [50957]

Dr. Reid: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

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Strategic Defence Review

Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Strategic Defence Review, on what basis his Department estimated that the defence share of GDP will fall from 2.7 to 2.4 per cent. in 2002. [50962]

Mr. George Robertson: The assumptions which have been used to calculate that the defence share of GDP will fall from 2.7 per cent. to 2.4 per cent. are taken from the Economic Assumptions for Public Finance Projections contained within Table B1 of the "Financial Statement and Budget Report", March 1998, HC Paper No. 620.

Service Leavers

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department makes to assist service leavers in their transition to civilian life; and if he will make a statement. [51645]

Dr. Reid: My Department is laying the foundations of a modern resettlement service, by introducing improvements to match the changing employment market and aspirations of Service leavers. A contract has been awarded today to Coutts Consulting Group plc to work with my Department in establishing a Career Transition Partnership. The new arrangements will provide a focused individual service, including counselling, workshops and nationwide job finding support. The contract will run, initially, for a period of five years.

Lord-Lieutenants

Mr. Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost to public funds of expenses for Lord-Lieutenants in England in each of the last 10 years. [50261]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I have been asked to reply.

Expenditure incurred by the Home Office and the Department of Trade and Industry 1 on Lord-Lieutenants' expenses in each of the last ten years is as follows:

£
YearAmount(5)
1988-89190,000
1989-90225,000
1990-91253,000
1991-92305,000
1992-93372,000
1993-94479,000
1994-95572,000
1995-96736,000
1996-97672,000
1997-98784,000

(4) The Department of Trade and Industry pays expenses incurred by Lord-Lieutenants in the presentation of the Queen's Awards for Industry

(5) Figures rounded to the nearest £1000

Some local authorities in England also support lieutenancy activities. Information on any costs incurred is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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WALES

Pharmaceutical Pricing Scheme

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criteria he will take into account in the renegotiations of the Pharmaceutical Pricing Scheme; and if he will make a statement. [49565]

Mr. Win Griffiths: I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible and place a copy of my reply in the Library of the House.

Occupational Health

Ms Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many medical and nursing staff have worked in occupational health in the NHS in Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what were the grades of those employees; [51235]

Mr. Win Griffiths: Information on medical staff employed by the NHS in Wales is collected by means of an annual census of staff in post at 30 September. Information on those staff with a specialty of occupational medicine in given in the table.

Medical staff in post at 30 September with a main specialty of occupational health (whole-time equivalent number)

19931994199519961997
Consultant4.14.54.53.73.2
Senior registrar1.0--------
Hospital practitioner0.20.2------
Clinical assistant1.61.11.31.61.5

As part of the census information is sought on vacant posts. Data collected from NHS Trusts and Health Authorities for the 1997 census indicated that there were no vacant posts in occupational health at that time.

The 3.2 whole-time equivalent consultant staff in 1997 related to 5 consultants in number, 2 full-time and 3 part-time.

Information on nursing staff is not collected on the basis of individual specialties and, therefore, the number of nurses working in occupational health is not available centrally.

NHS Premises (Accidents)

Ms Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps his Department takes to ensure that NHS trusts have adequate arrangements for recording accidents on NHS premises; what encouragement is given

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to staff to report accidents; and what steps the NHS Executive takes to monitor the safety performance of NHS trusts. [51238]

Mr. Win Griffiths: All employers, including NHS Trusts, have a legal obligation to report accidents to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. It is for individual employers to encourage their employees to report incidents. Monitoring the safety performance of employers is a matter for the Health and Safety Executive.

Land Development

Mr. Rhodri Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details and dates of occasions when (a) the Welsh Development Agency, (b) the Development Board for Rural Wales and (c) the Land Authority for Wales have sought consent either before the event or retrospectively for land development acquisitions and deals without planning permission; and if he will make a statement. [51222]

Mr. Ron Davies: I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible and place a copy of my reply in the Library of the House.

Lord-Lieutenants

Mr. Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the cost to public funds of expenses for Lord-Lieutenants in Wales in each of the last 10 years. [50263]

Mr. Ron Davies: Expenditure incurred by the Welsh Office on Lord-Lieutenants' expenses in each of the last 10 years is as follows:

YearAmount (£)
1998-89(6)9,000
1989-90(6)13,000
1990-91(6)14,000
1991-92(6)14,000
1992-9317,000
1993-9418,000
1994-9515,000
1995-9619,000
1996-9720,000
1997-9821,000

(6) Stationery figures are not included, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Note:

All figures rounded to nearest £1,000


Some local authorities in Wales also support lieutenancy activities. Information on these costs is not available centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Lord-Lieutenants currently serve Wales. [50264]

Mr. Ron Davies: The number of Lord-Lieutenants currently serving Wales is 8.

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TREASURY

Local Authority Capital Receipts

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of asset sales have been realised (a) by each local authority and (b) in total by local authorities in each of the last five years. [48759]

Mr. Darling: Estimates for total local authority capital receipts in each of the last five years were published in Table 6.10 of Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 1998-99 (Cm 3901). The same document also includes, in Table 1.6, figures over the period in question for the proceeds from the sale of fixed assets. I will write shortly to my hon. Friend with a breakdown of total capital receipts by individual local authority.

Correspondence

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his Department's average response time to correspondence from members of the public; and how such response times are monitored. [48671]

Mrs. Liddell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Office of Public Service on 14 July 1998, Official Report, column 159.


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