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Ashford International Station

Lord Swinfen asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: Passengers travelling on Eurostar trains from continental Europe are permitted to disembark at Ashford International Station so long as it is a normal station stop for the train.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Strategy

Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Whitty: Following extensive consultation which included staff, trades unions and Members of the House, and in the light of the new Maritime and Coastguard Agency created on 1 April, we have decided that the five-year coastguard strategy will be taken forward as proposed, though with some changes in timing.

The five-year strategy involves a major investment of £5-£10 million in new digital technology to re-equip and improve the operation of a major rescue service. The new equipment will provide an integrated communications system, replacing outdated equipment which is approaching life-expiry. Associated with the new investment is a programme to close selected coastguard co-ordination centres which will effectively be replaced by the greater capability of the new equipment. The timing of these closures has also been revised following the consultation process. The centres at Oban and Pentland were proposed for closure by the end of 1999, and this has been revised to Autumn 2000; for Tyne Tees and Liverpool the proposed closure date by the end of 2000 has been revised to Autumn 2001; while the co-location of Portland and Lee on Solent, formerly proposed for the end of 2002, has been revised to Autumn 2003.

The new equipment will provide more effective backup to the frontline coastguard, whose local knowledge will be supported by modern technology. In view of interest in the relationship between the new technology and the station closures, we will keep the re-equipment programme under close monitoring to ensure high standards of service are maintained.

We have arranged for copies of the Operational Research Unit's analysis of responses to the consultation document to be placed in the Library of each House.

We have also agreed proposals for management changes within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency which will yield further progress in the closer integration of its two predecessor agencies, to the benefit of all the new agency's customers.

Trunk Roads: Investment

Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What provision they intend to make for investment in trunk roads in England.[HL3265]

Lord Whitty: We have today announced our new priorities for trunk road investment. Planned provision for the Highways Agency's programmes for the next three financial years is as follows:

1998-991999-20002000-012001-02
Trunk road maintenance651740794780
Making better use of trunk road network139139193220
Existing road schemes445350259137
New schemes in Targeted Programme of Improvements0051234
Private Finance114177238208
Total1,3491,4061,5351,579

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The Highways Agency will work up more detailed plans for delivering this programme which will be published as a part of its normal planning cycle.

NHS Trusts: Debt Structure

Baroness Uddin asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have any plans to change the debt structure of NHS trusts.[HL3263]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): The New NHS White Paper made clear the Government's intention to abolish the internal market in the National Health Service and amend the NHS trust financial regime to make it more transparent and more suitable for a public service based partnership. As part of our programme to achieve this aim, we are changing the debt structure of NHS trusts. We have already taken steps to stop issuing long term interest-bearing loans to NHS trusts to finance their capital expenditure. Instead we are issuing Public Dividend Capital (PDC). The NHS Executive will now be making arrangements to replace existing interest-bearing debt with PDC without the application of premia or discounts because the Exchquer funds NHS trusts' normal debt servicing costs. This will supersede the present, market driven financial structure, reduce bureaucracy and provide a simpler, clearer and more understandable arrangement, in tune with NHS trusts' status as part of the public sector.

"Investing in Dentistry" Initiative

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the total amount of funds allocated to "Investing in Dentistry" so far, and which health authority areas have applied for funding in 1997-98 and 1998-99 to date; and [HL3149]

    Which applications for funding under "Investing in Dentistry" have been successful; and how much has been allocated to each.[HL3150]

Baroness Hayman: Since the "Investing in Dentistry" initiative was announced in September 1997, 159 requests have been approved for grants totalling £4,195,107. The following tables give details of the health authorities who submitted "Investing in Dentistry" funding requests to my right honourable

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friend the Secretary of State for Health in 1997-98 and 1998-99, those whose requests were successful, the amount awarded and location of the scheme.


    Investing in Dentistry requests received by Health Authority


    Avon


    Barnsley


    Barnet


    Bedfordshire


    Berkshire


    Bexley & Greenwich


    Birmingham


    Bradford


    Bury & Rochdale


    Calderdale & Kirklees


    Cambridge & Huntingdon


    City & East London


    Coventry


    Cornwall


    County Durham


    Doncaster


    Dorset


    Dudley


    Ealing Hammersmith & Hounslow


    East Kent


    East Norfolk


    East Riding


    East Lancashire


    Enfield & Haringey


    Gloucestershire


    Herefordshire


    Isle of Wight


    Kensington


    Lambeth Southwark & Lewisham


    Leeds


    Leicester


    Lincolnshire


    Merton Sutton & Wandsworth


    Morecambe Bay


    North & Mid Hampshire


    North West Lancashire


    Newcastle & North Tyneside


    Norfolk


    North & East Devon


    North Essex


    North Cumbria


    North Cheshire


    North Derbyshire


    North Staffordshire


    North Yorkshire


    Northamptonshire


    Nottingham

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    Oxfordshire


    Portsmouth & South East Hampshire


    Redbridge & Waltham Forest


    Rotherham


    Salford & Trafford


    Sandwell


    Shropshire


    Somerset


    South Lancashire


    South Saffordshire


    South & West Devon


    South Cheshire


    South Essex


    South Humber


    South Derbyshire


    Southampton & South West Hampshire


    St. Helens & Knowsley


    Suffolk


    Sunderland


    Tees


    Walsall


    Warwickshire


    West Kent


    West Hertfordshire


    West Sussex


    West Surrey


    Wigan & Bolton


    Wiltshire


    Wirral


    Wolverhampton


    Worcestershire

    Approved Investing in Dentistry requests by Health Authority

    Health AuthorityTownAmount in £
    AvonBishopsworth30,000
    AvonChew Magna11,000
    AvonBedminster20,000
    AvonStockwood20,000
    BedfordshireKempston15,000
    BedfordshireBedford15,000
    BerkshireWoodley20,000
    BerkshireWest Reading15,000
    BerkshireSunninghill10,000
    BerkshireEast Reading30,000
    BerkshireBracknell10,000
    BirminghamNechells57,000
    Cambridge & HuntingdonCambridge25,000
    Cambridge & HuntingdonGodmanchester 10,423
    Cornwall & Isles of ScillyCamborne27,000
    County DurhamDarlington2,790
    County DurhamSpennymoor25,000
    County DurhamDarlington82,200
    DorsetSherborne19,500
    DorsetWeymouth10,000
    East RidingHull20,000
    East RidingHull30,000
    East RidingHull20,000
    East RidingDriffield24,200
    East NorfolkWymondham50,000
    East NorfolkWatton26,000
    East NorfolkAttleborough20,000
    GloucestershireDursley10,000
    GloucestershireLydney15,000
    GloucestershireCheltenham12,000
    GloucestershireCheltenham31,000
    GloucestershireCheltenham35,000
    GloucestershireGloucester13,000
    GloucestershireCheltenham25,000
    GloucestershireCheltenham15,000
    GloucestershireNewent1,000
    GloucestershireGloucester15,000
    Isle of WightSandown50,000
    Isle of WightNewport35,000
    LeicestershireShepshed15,000
    LincolnshireLouth30,000
    Morecambe BayBarrow40,000
    Morecambe BayBarrow21,000
    Morecambe BayMorecambe Bay14,000
    Morecambe BayKirkby Lonsdale35,000
    Morecambe BayLancaster12,000
    Morecambe BayUlverston15,000
    North DerbyshireMatlock60,400
    North StaffordshireKidsgrove16,000
    North StaffordshireTunstall16,800
    North StaffordshireLeek & Cheadle40,000
    North StaffordshireKidsgrove48,000
    North StaffordshireSneyd Green16,000
    North StaffordshireNewcastle32,000
    North & East DevonExeter9,500
    North & East DevonTorrington16,000
    North & East DevonBideford55,000
    North & East DevonCullompton24,750
    Newcastle & North TynesideNorth Tyneside47,000
    NottinghamEastwood16,300
    NottinghamHyson Green19,405
    North EssexSaffron Walden18,400
    North & Mid HampshireAndover11,050
    North & Mid HampshireAndover38,600
    North & Mid HampshireAndover9,000
    North & Mid HampshireOldham7009
    North & Mid HampshireWhitchurch10,000
    North CumbriaWhitehaven50,000
    North CumbriaCleaton Moor50,000
    North CumbriaWhitehaven50,000
    North CheshireWarrington50,000
    North YorkshireEasingwold25,000
    North EssexSaffron Walden19,000
    NorthamptonshireKettering10,000
    NorthamptonshireKettering10,000
    NorthamptonshireThrapston15,000
    North West LancashireCentral Blackpool25,409
    North West LancashireThornton32,176
    North West LancashireMarton, Blackpool30,287
    North West LancashireKirkham40,000
    OxfordshireBlackbird12,000
    OxfordshireWallingford25,000
    OxfordshireHeadington75,000
    Portsmouth & South East HampshireNorth Porthmouth6,000
    Portsmouth & South East HampshireHavant15,000
    Portsmouth & South East HampshireHayling Island20,000
    Portsmouth & South East HampshireFareham2,500
    Portsmouth & South East HampshireLeigh Park2,500
    RotherhamMasbrough24,000
    RotherhamEastwood24,760
    RotherhamMasbrough12,000
    RotherhamBrinsworth12,600
    RotherhamDinnington15,000
    South StaffordshireStafford25,000
    South StaffordshireLitchfield30,000
    Salford & TalfordTrafford18,259
    Salford & TalfordTrafford4,000
    ShropshireDonnington, Telford3,250
    ShropshireBridgnorth24,000
    ShropshireDawley, Telford40,000
    ShropshireStirchley, Telford11,500
    ShropshireShrewsbury45,000
    ShropshireCleobury Mortimer42,000
    SomersetBridgewater13,265
    SomersetSomerton32,693
    SomersetYeovil26,000
    SomersetLangport20,000
    South CheshireCrewe40,000
    South CheshireChester25,000
    South EssexChelmsford40,000
    South LancashireSkelmersdale23,341
    South & West DevonTavistock30,000
    South & West DevonNewton Abbot40,000
    South & West DevonNewton Abbot22,000
    South & West DevonTorquay8,150
    South & West DevonBrixham25,000
    Southampton & South West HampshireEastleigh9,654
    Southampton & South West HampshireSouthampton Central23,500
    Southampton & South West HampshireNorth Baddesley38,000
    Southampton & South West HampshireSouthampton West40,260
    Southampton & South West HampshireRomsey25,000
    Southampton & South West HampshireHythe50,000
    Southampton & South West HampshireSouthampton East59,769
    Southampton & South West HampshireSouthampton Central30,000
    Southern DerbyshireDerby12,000
    St. Helens & KnowsleyHuyton (Stockbridge Village)20,000
    St. Helens & KnowsleyHaydock35,000
    St. Helens & KnowsleyRainford25,000
    SuffolkStowmarket7,500
    SuffolkStowmarket25,000
    Suffolk Eye15,000
    SuffolkSudbury30,000
    SuffolkSudbury11,500
    SuffolkWoodbridge20,000
    West HertfordshireWatford40,000
    West KentTonbridge43,070
    West KentMedway37,125
    West SurreyEgham40,000
    West SurreyChobham40,000
    West SurreyChertsey59,360
    West SurreyFarnham28,725
    West SussexCrawley5,000
    West SussexWorthing10,000
    West SussexBognor Regis8,500
    West SussexMidhurst17,116
    West SussexBognor Regis50,000
    WiltshireSwindon36,011
    WiltshireSwindon40,000
    WiltshireSwindon80,000
    WiltshireSalisbury35,000
    WiltshireTrowbridge40,000
    WiltshireSwindon50,000
    WiltshireSwindon50,000
    WiltshireSalisbury15,000
    WiltshireSalisbury15,000
    WiltshireSalisbury15,000
    WiltshireWarminster50,000
    WiltshireSalisbury40,000
    WiltshireSalisbury36,000
    Total£4,195.107.00

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