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Written Answers

Tuesday, 28th March 1995

Recorders and Assistant Recorders: Sittings

Lord Ackner asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many days in court were sat by (a) Recorders and (b) Assistant Recorders during 1992, 1993 and 1994.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The number of days sat by Recorders was 17,035 in 1992, 16,362 in 1993 and 20,962 in 1994. The number of days sat by Assistant Recorders was 8,979 in 1992, 9,421 in 1993 and 11,431 in 1994.

Disregard on Income Support: Up-rated Worth

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What the £5 disregard on income support would be worth at present if it had been up-rated in line with the Rossi index since its introduction.

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The £5 disregard on earnings in income support would presently be worth £6.85, rising to £6.95 from April 1995, if it had been up-rated each year in line with the Rossi index since its introduction in 1988.

Road Pricing in London: Study

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Pursuant to the Written Answer by Viscount Goschen on 29th November 1994 (WA 34), whether the findings of the London congestion charging study will be published before the Summer Recess.

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The Government intend to publish the findings of the London congestion charging research programme during the summer, but as yet no specific date has been fixed for publication.

NHS Nurses: Suicide Rate

Lord Molloy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What the suicide rate is among NHS nurses; how this compares with the national average; and whether they consider this level acceptable.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): In 1992, the latest year for which figures are available, there were 47 recorded suicides of nurses, which accounted for 4.7 per cent. of all female suicides. Nurses and midwives rank sixth among female occupational groups for the risk of suicide, with a proportional mortality ratio of 1.5. No suicide is acceptable.

Council Housing: Local Authority Sales

Lord Molloy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are revising the rules governing the sale by local authorities of council housing.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): Certain aspects of the general consents for the voluntary sale of council housing were amended on 27 March 1995. In particular, where an increase in owner-occupation would assist the regeneration of an area, the local authority will be able to sell housing at a discount to persons who might otherwise prefer to buy on the open market outside the regeneration area.



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