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Clinical Indicators

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publish (a) mortality rates and (b) frequency of performing medical procedures for (i) individual consultants and (ii) hospitals. [113850]

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Mr. Denham: In 1999 the Department published six Clinical Indicators, which included headline indicator sets of mortality and hospital readmission rates by National Health Service trust. This information allowed NHS organisations to explore their position relative to other similar organisations and to take action to review variations in performance. A similar set of clinical indicators are due to be published in June 2000.

Section 64 Grants

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will announce his decision on the awarding of section 64 grants for the coming financial years. [113841]

Mr. Hutton: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Mr. Hope) on 8 February 2000, Official Report, column 117W.

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the percentage allocation of section 64 grants to charities which specialise in long-term medical conditions. [113842]

Mr. Hutton: Around 20 per cent. of the section 64 budget for 1999-2000 was allocated to voluntary bodies that provide various forms of support for people with disabilities and medical conditions. The allocation of section 64 funds across the voluntary sector is kept under review in light of the Department's priorities.

Long-term Care

Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government plans to implement the report from the Royal Commission on long-term care for the elderly chaired by Sir Stewart Sunderland. [114740]

Mr. Hutton: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Belfast, South (Rev. Martin Smyth) on 1 March 2000, Official Report, column 321W.

Waiting Lists (Somerset)

Mr. Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his estimate of the number of people waiting for outpatient appointments at the (a) East Somerset Health Trust and (b) Taunton and Somerset Health Trust on 1 February for each of the years (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98, (iv) 1998-99 and (v) 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement. [114180]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 March 2000]: The Department does not collect information on the total number of people waiting for outpatient appointments on any given day. Because of the high turnover of outpatient waiting lists (75 per cent. of patients are seen within 13 weeks) it would not be a useful indicator to have the total number of waiting at the last day of the quarter.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) his Department, (b) health authorities, (c) NHS trusts and (d) NHS primary care groups of the extension to all duties of public authorities of the provisions on indirect discrimination contained in the Race Relations Act 1976. [114539]

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Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 March 2000]: The Department is currently working with lawyers to assess the impact of the extension to all duties of public authorities of the provisions on indirect discrimination contained in the Race Relations Act 1976. This includes implications for the Department, health authorities and National Health Service trusts and primary care groups.


Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has offered to health authorities on the priority which they should give to non-medical circumcision. [114538]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 March 2000]: We issue guidance on national priorities for treatment. For all other services local health authorities and primary care groups are responsible for identifying local need and commissioning services in response to that need.

Beggars (Children)

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to deal with the problem of children being used for the purposes of begging; and if he will make a statement. [114723]

Mr. Hutton: We are very concerned about the exploitation of children, and are committed to ensuring that all children are safeguarded and protected from harm. The police can act to prevent children being used for begging under Section 4 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. Local authorities have a statutory duty under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 to make inquiries where they have reasonable cause for concern that a child may need protection.

Children in Care

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of residential care as a placement option for looked-after children; and if he will make a statement. [114722]

Mr. Hutton: Residential child care remains a valued placement option for some children who are looked after by local authorities. About 6,300 children were living in children's homes at 31 March 1999. This figure is much the same as the previous year.


Minimum Income Guarantee

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to eliminate the backlog of payments of minimum income guarantee to pensioners in Norfolk. [113829]

Mr. Rooker: I understand that although my hon. Friend refers to Minimum Income Guarantee, for which there are no backlogs, the question should have referred to delays in payments arising because of NIRS2.

In Benefits Agency offices in Norwich and King's Lynn there are a total of 1,064 pension cases which were affected by the delayed implementation of NIRS2 that are still to be reviewed. Not all these cases, however, will result in the current rate of benefit being revised.

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Where awards of pension cannot be immediately calculated using information from NIRS2 a clerical calculation is made. This arrangement will continue until all cases can be calculated using NIRS2. Extra staff have been made available for this.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list (a) the offices (i) owned and (ii) rented by his Department and its agencies in Scotland and (b) the number of staff (y) employed and (z) that can be accommodated (1) in total and (2) at each site. [114235]

Angela Eagle: This Department no longer owns nor rents any offices. Since the PRIME contract began in April 1998, the Department has purchased serviced office accommodation from our private sector partners, Trillium plc.

A list of the buildings in Scotland where Trillium provides serviced office accommodation to the Department, as the major occupier, is given in the table.

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The table gives details of the total number of staff employed and a breakdown, by business unit, of the number of staff at each site.

Information about the numbers of staff that could feasibly be accommodated within the space currently occupied is not held centrally but details of the total business square metres available to each business unit is provided in the table. An average square metre allocation per member of staff is also given. This is a "notional" figure, however, and takes no account of the purpose for which the accommodation is maintained nor of less populated areas such as public caller areas and reception areas.

Trillium are contractually obliged to help business units to plan the effective and efficient management of their own accommodation and are actively working with the Department to achieve a greater degree of sophistication in our space utilisation plans. The ultimate aim is to maximise the benefit of the accommodation for all users, while maintaining an effective service to the customer.

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PropertyOccupierNumber of staffSquare metres/headTotal Business Square Metres (BSM)
Benefits Agency
Cumbernauld Fleming HouseAD 1210920.402,224
Dumfries Irish StreetAD 1210712.701,359
Campbeltown Hall StreetAD 121921.76413
Glasgow Minerva StreetAD 1200.00910
Largs Brisbane RoadAD 12519.8499
Ayr Wallacetoun HouseAD 1220912.482,608
Stranraer Ashwood DriveAD 124315.82680
Stornaway Castle StreetAD 124016.90676
Wick Girnigoe StreetAD 125114.97763
48 Princes Street, ArdrossanAD 1200.0075
Glasgow Benalder StreetAD 128116.721,354
Fort William TweeddaleAD 122917.59510
Glasgow Shettleston RoadAD 1216014.612,337
Glasgow Coustonholm RoadAD 1221614.913,220
Kirkintilloch TownheadAD 12238.4077
Paisley LonendAD 1225611.813,023
Traill House Olrig Street, ThursoAD 121105105
Girvan Montgomerie StreetAD 1200.0072
Glasgow Nitshill RoadAD 1200.00476
Johnstone William StreetAD 12533.50168
Cumnock Glaisnock StreetAD 12722.57158
Glasgow West Regent HouseAD 1222212.572,790
Dingwall Castle StreetAD 1200.0073
Elgin Trinity RoadAD 126020.411,225
Glasgow Herschell StreetAD 1215315.212,327
Glasgow Stepps RoadAD 129826.062,554
Greenock Dalrymple StreetAD 1218713.932,606
Kilmarnock Woodstock StreetAD 1210217.881,823
Glasgow Paisley Road West (1479)AD 121226.97850
Oban Mathieson HouseAD 122133.34700
East Kilbride Murray HouseAD 1212313.781,695
Glasgow Muslin StreetAD 1213017.402,262
Glasgow Mitchell ArcadeAD 121622.22355
Irvine Bank StreetAD 1218811.272,120
Clydebank Radnor HouseAD 1217613.902,446
Inverness Church StreetAD 1215712.481,960
Glasgow Laurieston HouseAD 1222716.493,744
Benbecula Druim Na H'AirdeAD 12143.0043
Glasgow Atlas RoadAD 1219916.683,319
Port Glasgow Scarlow StreetAD 123053.771,613
Glasgow Maryhill RoadAD 1210321.672,232
Alexandria Mitchell WayAD 12253.65107
Alloa Bank StreetAD 13236.7373
Coatbridge South Circular RoadAD 1312160.511,926
Airdrie Graham StreetAD 131243.63524
Aberdeen Greyfriars HouseAD 1322215.243,384
Bathgate Whitburn RoadAD 1325211.252,834
Wishaw Alexander StreetAD 1300.00695
Shotts Dyfrig StreetAD 132169.00338
Peterhead Government BuildingsAD 135419.961,078
Falkirk Heron HouseAD 1300.002,185
Leven Walton HouseAD 135228.851,500
Falkirk Heron House (PAU)AD 131191.34159
Edinburgh Murrayburn HouseAD 13859.38475
Hamilton Douglas StreetAD 1314013.641,909
Blairgowrie Leslie StreetAD 1300.0071
Edinburgh Argyle HouseAD 1320651.5310,615
Cowdenbeath Factory RoadAD 135816.54959
Units 9 and 10 Block 4 Blantyre Industrial Estate, DIRCAD 131755.24939
Motherwell Fleminton HouseAD 1313719.782,709
Glenrothes North HouseAD 13530.40152
Bellshill Bowling Green St. (New Bldg.)AD 1310155.501,555
Montrose Murray StreetAD 1300.0091
Dalkeith Eskdaill StreetAD 131210.99132
Coatbridge Unit 2AD 131034.86501
Larkhall Union StreetAD 13339.33118
Wishaw Main StreetAD 13481.50326
Dunfermline Merchiston HouseAD 137217.101,231
Kirkcaldy Victoria RoadAD 1312022.612,713
Perth Mill StreetAD 138320.491,700
Edinburgh Haymarket HouseAD 131132.28355
Galashiels Market StreetAD 137914.061,111
Stirling St. Ninian's RoadAD 1312616.682,102
Forfar Castle StreetAD 1300.0073
Dundee Magdalene Yard RoadAD 1300.00293
Arbroath Grant RoadAD 137318.691,364
Edinburgh High Street--PortobelloAD 1312415.871,967
Lerwick Charlotte HouseAD 131828.78518
Dundee Lindsay HouseAD 1323813.523,219
Edinburgh Leith Lyndean HouseAD 1310623.782,521
St. Andrews South StreetAD 1300.0088
Glasgow NorthgateAD 276711.638,924
Glasgow Pentagon CentreAD 23647.751,719
Glasgow Corunna House (29)DCBD17516.672,917
Glasgow Corunna House (39)DCBD6341.032,585
Child Support Agency
Aberdeen Greyfiars HouseCSA520.05100
Bathgate Whitburn RoadCSA00.0091
Campbeltown Hall StreetCSA126.1826
Clydebank Radnor HouseCSA314.2543
Cowdenbeath Factory RoadCSA613.1779
Cumbernauld Fleming HouseCSA143.0743
Dumfries Irish StreetCSA249.5699
Dundee Lindsay HouseCSA917.05153
Edinburgh Argyle HouseCSA3713.78510
Edinburgh High Street--PortobelloCSA00.0012
Elgin Trinity RoadCSA220.1240
Falkirk Antonine HouseCSA14121.293,001
Falkirk Callendar ParkCSA7989.467,552
Falkirk Heron HouseCSA811.5392
Galashiels Market StreetCSA128.3928
Glasgow Muslin StreetCSA511.1256
Glasgow Paisley Road West (1479)CSA6112.08737
Glasgow West Regent HouseCSA129.04109
Greenock Dalrymple StreetCSA1024.81248
Hamilton Douglas StreetCSA1118.34202
Inverness Church StreetCSA115.2758
Irvine Bank StreetCSA1417.76249
Oban Mathieson HouseCSA111.8712
Paisley LonendCSA423.3793
Perth Mill StreetCSA1116.22178
Peterhead Government BuildingsCSA331.2394
Stirling St. Ninian's RoadCSA108.9690
Stranraer Ashwood DriveCSA114.3214
Wick Girnigoe StreetCSA521.03105
War Pensions Agency
Aberdeen Greyfriars HouseWPA221.5543.09
Dundee Lindsay HouseWPA00.0026.11
Edinburgh Argyle HouseWPA720.46143.23
Glasgow West Regent HouseWPA917.51157.55
Information Technology Services Agency
Buchanan House LivingstoneEDS(21)(21)00.0015,080
Livingstone Firth Road StoreEDS(21)(21)00.001,923
Edinburgh Argyle HouseHQ3416.12548
Appeals Service
Wellington House GlasgowAS14114.622,060.74

AD 12--West of Scotland Area Directorate

AD 13--East of Scotland Area Directorate

AD 2--Chilterns Area Directorate

DCBD--Disability and Carers Benefits Directorate


No DSS staff--occupied by service provider, EDS staff

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