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North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre

Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what plans he has to meet representatives of the North Wales health authority to discuss revenue funding for the proposed north Wales cancer treatment centre; [11207]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: My right hon. Friend has no plans to meet the health authority. Welsh Office officials are discussing revenue funding with the health authority and an announcement will be made shortly.

North Wales Ambulance Service

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the performance targets set for the North Wales Ambulance Service. [11670]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: The standard set for Conwy, Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey is that in response to a 999 call an emergency ambulance should arrive at the scene of the incident within eight minutes for 50 per cent. of calls and within 21 minutes for 95 per cent. The corresponding times for Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham are eight minutes and 18 minutes.

GP Fundholders

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the percentage of general practitioners who are fundholders in Wales; and if he will make a statement. [11673]

Mr. Gwilym Jones: Fifty-two per cent. of general practitioners in Wales are fundholders covering 52 per cent. of the population.

CHURCH COMMISSIONERS

Clergy (Full Incumbents)

Mr. William Powell: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, how many clergy enjoying full incumbent status are aged (a) over 70 years and (b) over 80 years. [11073]

Mr. Alison: At 31 December 1996, there were 31 ministers of incumbent status aged 70 or over, of whom 12 were aged 80 or over.

Suffragan Bishops

Mr. William Powell: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners if he will list (a) those suffragan bishops for whose salaries the

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commissioners are responsible, with their dates of appointments, (b) such suffragan sees as are currently vacant and (c) those assistant bishops for whose salaries the commissioners are responsible. [11071]

Mr. Alison: The suffragan and full-time assistant bishops whose stipends the commissioners are empowered to pay and their dates of appointment are as follows:

SeeSuffragan seeBishop's nameDate of appointment
BirminghamAstonJohn Austin3 September 1992
BlackburnBurnleyMartyn Jarrett2 February 1994
LancasterJohn Nicholls25 April 1990
BristolSwindonMichael Doe29 September 1994
CanterburyDoverRichard Llewellin9 October 1992
MaidstoneGavin Reid9 October 1992
EbbsfleetJohn Richards29 April 1994
RichboroughEdwin Barnes20 July 1995
CarlislePenrithRichard Garrard21 September 1994
ChelmsfordBarkingRoger Sainsbury17 January 1991
ColchesterEdward Holland5 January 1995
BradwellLaurie Green23 February 1993
ChesterBirkenheadMichael Langrish2 March 1993
StockportGeoffrey Turner21 September 1994
ChichesterHorshamLindsay Urwin30 November 1993
CoventryWarwickAnthony Priddis3 July 1996
DerbyReptonHenry Richmond30 January 1986
DurhamJarrowAlan Smithson21 September 1990
ElyHuntingdonJohn Flack8 January 1997
ExeterCreditonRichard Hawkins2 July 1996
PlymouthJohn Garton3 July 1996
GlucesterTewkesburyJohn Went25 January 1996
GildfordDorkingIan Brackley25 January 1996
HerefordLudlowJohn Saxbee29 April 1994
LichfieldShrewsburyDavid Hallatt22 July 1994
StaffordChristopher Hill7 March 1996
WolverhamptonMichael Bourke29 September 1993
LincolnGranthamWilliam Ind23 October 1987
GrimsbyDavid Tustin25 January 1979
LiverpoolWarringtonJohn Packer13 November 1996
LondonFulhamJohn Broadbent25 September 1996
KensingtonMichael Colclough25 September 1996
StepneyJohn Sentamu25 September 1996
WillesdenGraham Dow22 May 1992
EdmontonBrian Masters20 December 1984
ManchesterHulmeColin Scott13 September 1984
MiddletonStephen Venner2 February 1994
BoltonDavid Bonser13 September 1991
NewcastleAssistant BishopKenneth Gill1 September 1980
NorwichLynnDavid Conner2 February 1994
ThetfordHugo de Waal17 January 1992
OxfordBuckinghamColin Bennetts29 April 1994
DorchesterAnthony Russell2 February 1988
PeterboroughBrixworthPaul Barber25 January 1989
RiponKnaresboroughMalcolm Menin2 December 1986
RochesterTonbridgeBrian Smith2 November 1993
St. AlbansBedfordJohn Richardson23 February 1994
HertfordRobin Smith25 January 1990
St. Edmunds and IpswichDunwichTim Stevens17 November 1995
SalisburyRamsburyPeter Vaughan21 April 1989
SherborneJohn Kirkham1 December 1976
SheffieldDoncasterMichael Gear2 March 1993
SouthwarkKingstonMartin Wharton3 November 1992
WoolwichColin Buchanan1 December 1996
CroydonWilfred Wood25 July 1985
SouthwellSherwoodAlan Morgan1 September 1989
TruroSt. GermansGraham James23 February 1993
WakefieldPontefractJohn Finney14 May 1993
WinchesterBasingstokeGeoffrey Rowell2 February 1994
SouthamptonJonathan Gledhill20 November 1996
WorcesterDudleyRupert Hoare29 September 1993
YorkHullJames Jones2 November 1994
SelbyHumphrey Taylor1 September 1991
WhitbyGordon Bates9 June 1983
BeverleyJohn Gaisford7 March 1994
Europein EuropeHenry Scriven9 February 1995

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The following suffragan sees are currently vacant, one of which will be filled by the person named:

SeeSuffragan SeeBishop's name
Bath and WellsTauntonNot yet announced
ChichesterLewesNot yet announced
OxfordReadingCanon Dominic Walker

Bishops (Expenses)

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, what has been the Church Commissioners' expenditure for the payment of bishops' capital expenses in each year since 1986. [10948]

Mr. Alison: The following figures for diocesan bishops' houses, which include both a chapel and office accommodation for bishops' staff, show the total capital expenditure, excluding fees, from 1986 to 1995, the last year for which figures are currently available. The figures, at December 1995 prices, are net of sale proceeds of any surplus property and also include the purchases of property where appropriate.

As suffragan and full-time assistant bishops' houses are owned by diocesan boards of finance full details of all capital expenditure are not available, but capital grants made by the commissioners are shown.

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1986198719881989199019911992199319941995
Diocesan bishops482,087706,433494,322469,947645,155660,897314,192480,653732,103678,457
Suffragan and full-time assistant bishops136,160427,608204,161684,680591,46880,3232,5573,81531,11327,202

No new moneys were made available for grants for the housing of suffragan and full-time assistant bishops from 1991.


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Mr. Hughes: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, what has been the Church Commissioners' expenditure for the payment of bishops' revenue expenses in each year since 1986. [10949]

Mr. Alison: The table shows the total revenue expenditure from 1986 to 1995, the last date for which figures are currently available, at December 1995 prices. The figures for diocesan bishops' houses include expenditure on furnishings and gardens, but exclude fees and are net of rental income for accommodation not occupied by bishops.

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The figures for suffragan and full-time assistant bishops' houses show half of the total expenditure on periodical outgoings e.g. rates, insurance and repairs, the other half of which were borne by dioceses.

The figures for bishops' administrative costs include their working expenses and staff salaries and pensions, as well as support for the archbishops' appointments secretary, the clergy appointments adviser, the archbishops' adviser for bishops' ministry and the bishops' officer for urban priority areas.

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1986198719881989199019911992199319941995
Diocesan bishops1,438,6661,325,9501,482,6571,316,4181,616,8731,661,2591,405,4651,487,8941,744,2831,417,489
Suffragan and full-time assistant bishops172,761124,340179,326189,973172,698126,810113,048187,134154,205206,745
Bishops' administrative costs4,724,5495,121,1975,439,5705,565,3656,278,5176,718,9936,785,3967,060,7917,199,4307,414,000

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