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1983

Peebles County Hospital

Peebles War Memorial Hospital

Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, Glasgow

Brevik Hospital, Lerwick

1984

Finnartmore Auxiliary Hospital, Kilmun

Buckreddan Maternity Hospital, Kilwinning

County Hospital, Dufftown

Old Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick

1985

Caldwell House Hospital, Uplawmoor

Northern Hospital, Dunfermline

Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Glasgow

1986

Broadfield Hospital, Port Glasgow

Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Paisley

Royal Alexandra Infirmary Annex, Paisley

Royal Victoria Eye Infirmary, Paisley

Thorn Hospital, Johnstone

Hozier House, Lanark

Schaw Hospital, Bearsden

Bignold Hospital, Wick

1987

Ochil Hills Hospital, Milnathort

Windsor Hospital, Falkirk

Glenlomond Hospital, Mawcarse, by Kinross

Hilton Hospital Inverness

Leith Hospital, Edinburgh

1988

Galashiels Hospital

Selkirk Hospital

Peel Hospital, Galashiels

Elsie Inglis Maternity Hospital, Edinburgh

1989

Bruntsfield Hospital, Edinburgh

Staff Statistics

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by each region for each year since 1979 the numbers of staff expressed as a whole-time equivalent and as actual full-time and part-time members in the following categories (a) ancillary, (b) administration and clerical, (c) nurses and midwives and (d) professional and technical.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : There are no regional health authorities in Scotland. The nearest equivalent to a regional health authority is Scotland taken as a whole. The information requested for the years 1979 to 1987 can be found at table 9.2 in successive volumes of "Scottish Health Statistics", published annually by information and statistics division of the Common Services Agency in Scotland. Copies are held in the Library. The latest information, provisional data relating to 30 September 1988, is as follows :


Selected staff groups  |Whole time           |Part time            |Whole time equivalent                      

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Ancillary              |11,855               |18,584               |22,067.8                                   

Administrative and Clerical  12,203           4,670                 14,752.2                                   

Nurses and Midwives<1> |27,060               |14,585               |35,663.3                                   

Professional and Technical<2>  9,980          2,352                 11,084.6                                   

<1>Qualified staff only.                                                                                       

<2>Includes scientific, paramedical, technical and works staff, opticians and pharmacists.                     


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Capital Projects

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give detail of each capital project costing more than £1 million (a) actually under construction and (b) at the proposal or planning stage ; if he will give the estimated date of completion for each project ; and if he will break this list down by each region.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : There are no health regions but the information for Scotland is as follows :


                                                |Estimated date of                  

                                                |Completion                         

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Projects Under Construction                                                         

Pollok Health Centre, Glasgow                   |Spring 1989                        

Castlemilk Health Centre, Glasgow               |Spring 1989                        

Raigmore (Control of Infection Unit and on-call                                     

  accommodation), Inverness                     |May 1989                           

Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall                      |July 1989                          

Gilbert Bain Hospital (Phase I), Lerwick        |August 1989                        

Ravenscraig Phase IIIA, Greenock (Alcohol and                                       

  Rehabilitation Unit)                          |December 1989                      

Dumfries and Galloway Services for the                                              

  mentally handicapped                          |<1>1989                            

City Hospital, 2nd 60 bed unit, Aberdeen        |May 1990                           

Seafield Hospital, Ayr                          |December 1990                      

West Lothian District General Hospital,                                             

  Livingston                                                                        

    a. Phase II                                 |1991                               

    b. Residences                               |February 1990                      

Royal Cornhill Phase I, Aberdeen                |Spring 1991                        

Royal Infirmary, Perth                          |April 1991                         

Acute Hospital, Ayr                             |July 1991                          

Maternity Hospital, Bellshill                   |1992                               

Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride               |1992                               

Udston Hospital, Hamilton                       |1992                               

Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway               |1993                               

                                                                                    

Schemes Completed but under Commissioning                                           

                                                |Due to open                        

Royal Infirmary Phase I, Stirling               |October 1989                       

West Lothian District General Hospital Phase I, |Due to open                        

  Livingston                                    |October 1989                       

                                                                                    

Projects at Proposal or Planning Stage                                              

Whitefield Road Phase II, Dunfermline           |1990                               

Edinburgh Dental Hospital                       |1991                               

Oban Hospital                                   |1991-92                            

Campbeltown Hospital                            |1992-93                            

Bo'ness Hospital                                |1993                               

Lochgreen Hospital, Falkirk                     |1993                               

Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert       |1993                               

Ayrshire Central Laundry                        |not known                          

Rutherglen Geriatric Services                   |not known                          

Leverndale Support Services                     |not known                          

<1> This is a phased development on a number of sites, other stages will follow.    

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for each region, details of proposed capital developments costing more than £1 million which have been cancelled for each year since 1979.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : No hospital project has been cancelled by my right hon. and learned Friend or his predecessor since 1979.

Roads

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) in what respects his announcement of 8 May concerning surface access to Prestwick airport changes the timetable for the Ayr road route as set out in his letter of 8 April 1987 to the hon. Member for Eastwood ;


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(2) what measures he now intends to take to improve road links between East Kilbride new town and Prestwick airport ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The announcement of 8 May does not affect the timetable for the Ayr road route. The Secretary of State for Scotland is now considering the report of the public local inquiry in respect of this project. The works are at present programmed to start late 1990 but achieving this will depend on the outcome of the inquiry.

Following the planned upgrading of the A77, further improvement of the road links between East Kilbride new town and Prestwick airport would depend upon the upgrading of a local road which would be a matter for Strathclyde regional council to consider.

Press Officers

Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the number of press officers employed in his Department ; in what capacity they serve ; and what is the scope of their duties.

Mr. Rifkind : At 30 April 1989 there were 27 press officers, namely :

1 chief information officer (A)

1 chief information officer (B)

3 principal information officers

9 senior information officers

10 information officers

3 assistant information officers

Their function is to support (by the provision of advice and specialist skills) Ministers and the Scottish Office Departments in supplying information to press, radio and television. They also provide a service, on request, to United Kingdom Departments, the Crown Office, those other departments that fall within my responsibilities such as Scottish Courts Administration, and a range of non-departmental public bodies. SIO is also responsible for media arrangements in relation to royal and state visits to Scotland ; the provision of information overseas through the Central Office of Information ; and the overseas visitor programme of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The office, which provides a 24-hour service, also lends support to the emergency services on media matters in the event of major civil emergencies such as Lockerbie.

The Scottish information Office has press offices in Edinburgh, London and Glasgow.

Radioactive Waste

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what factors Nirex took into account in choosing to shortlist Dounreay as a possible site for the disposal of solid low and intermediate-level radioactive waste.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 16 May 1989] : The factors which Nirex took into account in choosing Dounreay and Sellafield as sites for investigation for the disposal of radioactive wastes, are set out in Nirex's report to the Government, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.


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Nuclear Waste

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information he has concerning the future location of radioactive waste disposal sites in Scotland by Nirex ; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for East Lothian (Mr. Home Robertson) on Wednesday 17 May 1989.

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if Nirex has advised him that it has identified any other sites besides Dounreay as being suitable for the disposal of nuclear waste.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : (holding answer 15 May 1989) : I am aware that Nirex has identified sites in addition to Dounreay as potentially suitable for the disposal of radioactive waste. Its report to the Government, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, indicated a short list of 12 sites, but it recommended, and the Government has accepted, that investigations should be limited to Dounreay and Sellafield in the first instance.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Competitiveness

16. Mr. Allen McKay : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the change in competitiveness of British industry in the last 10 years.

49. Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the change in competitiveness of British industry in the last 10 years.

Mr. Newton : Competitiveness involves numerous factors including quality, reliability, assurance of delivery and after-sales service. In relation to price competitiveness alone, unit labour costs in United Kingdom manufacturing compared with those in other industrial countries, allowing for the effects of exchange rate movements, are thought to have been on average the same in 1988 as in 1979.

24. Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the change in competitiveness of British industry in the last 10 years.

Mr. Newton : Competitiveness involves numerous factors including quality, reliability, assurance of delivery and after-sales service. In relation to price competitiveness alone, unit labour costs in United Kingdom manufacturing compared with those in other industrial countries, allowing for the effects of exchange rate movements, are thought to have been on average the same in 1988 as in 1979.

Girobank

17. Mr. Sean Hughes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent representations he has received on the future of Girobank.

Mr. Newton : Since the beginning of the year I have received a small number of representations from MPs and members of the public, raising a variety of questions about the future of Girobank.


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34. Mr. Allan Roberts : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a further statement on the future of Girobank.

61. Mr. Wareing : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a further statement on the future of Girobank.

70. Mr. Fearn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a further statement on the future of Girobank.

Mr. Newton : As I stated in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Riddick) on 20 April, the Post Office board accepted a conditional offer by the Alliance and Leicester Building Society for Girobank, and I endorsed the decision. Detailed negotiations between the two parties are continuing with a view to completion as soon as possible in the coming weeks.

The regulatory authorities will need to be satisfied and my consent will be needed before a sale can take place.

Manufacturing Sales

18. Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the share of imports in United Kingdom manufacturing sales three years ago ; and what it is at the present date.

52. Mr. McAvoy : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the share of imports in United Kingdom manufacturing sales in each of the last three years ; and what it is now.

Mr. Alan Clark : The share of imports in United Kingdom manufacturing sales was 34.3 per cent. in 1985 and 35.8 per cent. in the 12 -month period ending in the first quarter of 1988.

Post Boxes (Sealing)

19. Dr. Goodson-Wickes : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has had any discussion with Sir Bryan Nicholson of the Post Office regarding the case for reviewing the legal basis whereby post boxes may be sealed off.

Mr. Forth : No, Sir. Section 59 of the British Telecommunications Act 1981 makes it clear that the Post Office is entitled to interrupt, suspend or restrict any service provided by it in an emergency. On occasion, the Post Office is obliged to suspend collections from certain letter boxes during periods of industrial action and, in such circumstances, the letter boxes are sealed up.

World Trade

21. Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the United Kingdom share of world trade in (a) 1978 and (b) 1988.

44. Mrs. Dunwoody : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the United Kingdom share of world trade in (a) 1978 and (b) 1988.

68. Mr. Martlew : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the United Kingdom's share of world trade in (a) 1978 and (b) 1988.

Mr. Alan Clark : The United Kingdom share of world exports was 5.2 per cent. in 1978 and in January to September 1988, the latest period for which figures are available.


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25. Mr. Ron Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which three industrial countries have lost the largest share of world trade over the last 10 years.

31. Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which three industrial countries have lost the largest share of world trade over the last 10 years.

42. Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which three industrial countries have lost the largest share of world trade over the last 10 years.

73. Mr. Flannery : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which three industrial countries have lost the largest share of world trade over the last 10 years.

Mr. Alan Clark : The Netherlands, France and Greece recorded the largest reductions in share of world trade between 1978 and 1988.

Anti-dumping Duties

22. Mr. Oppenheim : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many anti-dumping duties the European Economic Community has established on imports into the European Economic Community over the last year.

Mr. Alan Clark : In the period May 1988 to April 1989, definitive anti-dumpting duties were imposed by the EC in 30 cases involving 15 products.

Manufactured Goods (Exports)

23. Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the most recent United Kingdom share of world exports of manufactured goods ; and what was the level in 1979, 1969 and 1959.

Mr. Alan Clark : The United Kingdom share of the main manufacturing countries' exports of manufactures was 8.2 per cent. in the first three quarters of 1988, 9.1 per cent. in 1979, 11.2 per cent. in 1969 and 17.9 per cent. in 1959.

The Observer"

26. Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he last met representatives of the Newspaper Publishers Association to discuss control of The Observer newspaper.

Mr. Maude : I have had no meeting with the Newspaper Publishers Association to discuss control of The Observer newspaper.

Consumer Affairs (EC)

27. Mr. Dunnachie : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he next expects to meet his European Community counterparts to discuss consumer affairs.


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