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Written Answers

Friday, 13th November 1998.

Use of Animals in Scientific Procedures

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made with regard to the use of animals in scientific procedures.[HL3855]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Mr. Howarth) will be making a statement on Monday.

Scottish Local Boundary Commission Recommendations

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which organisations and public authorities have made representations concerning the implementation of the Scottish Local Boundary Commission's proposals for new ward boundaries; and [HL3585]

    How many representations they have received concerning the Scottish Local Government Boundary Commission's proposals for new ward boundaries; how many of these support implementation ahead of the 1999 local government elections; and what view the Government take.[HL3586]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): The Secretary of State has received about 400 representations on the various reports from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland. Most of these, however, concern the substance of the proposals themselves rather than the timing of the review. We have had correspondence with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and with the Association of Electoral Administrators about the question of completing the review in time for it to take effect for the 1999 local elections.

The Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 contains provisions requiring the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland to review the ward boundaries as soon as practicable after 1 April 1996; and it also requires the Secretary of State to make orders giving effect to the Commission's recommendations, either with or without modifications. The intention from the outset has been to complete the review before the 1999 local elections. The Government are aware that the recommendations for some areas have been controversial. However, we take the view that, at this stage, the priority must be to complete the review according to the original timetable, so as to allow the administrative arrangements for the 1999 local elections, which coincide with the first election of the Scottish Parliament, to be completed in good time.

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London Transport Targets 1998-99

Viscount Chandos asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What targets London Transport has been set for 1998-99.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): Tables showing the targets London Transport has been set for 1998-99 are below. All targets relate to average performance throughout the year.

London Underground1997-981998-99
Excess journey time: (mins)N/A6.25(1)
Escalators: % of scheduled service hours operated93.091.4(2)
Lifts: % of scheduled service hours operated96.093.8(2)
Reliability of service: % of kilometres operated96.996.9
Train service regularity: % planned intervals achieved95.9N/A
Ticket Purchase: % of customers queuing less than 3 minutes98.0N/A
Customer satisfaction ratings
train and station cleanliness6969
security safety8383
staff helpfulness and availability7070
train and station information7575
train service7777
Financial targets
operating costs per train km(3)[note(5)]£10.28
LUL gross margin(4)[note(5)]£310.0m

(1) This is a new target replacing previous targets on train service headways and ticket office queues. See note below for details.

(2) See below for explanation of lower targets in 1998-99 than in 1997-98.

(3) Costs per operated train kilometre to exclude depreciation, renewals, restructuring and PFI costs.

(4) LUL gross margin before depreciation, renewals, restructuring and PFI costs.

(5) Financial targets were set in 1996 over a three year period i.e. to be achieved in 1998-99. The figures shown in the 1998-99 column reflect the original targets, revalued at 1998-99 prices.

LT Buses1997-981998-99
Reliability of service: % kilometres operated9999
Excess wait on high frequency routes (mins)1.51.4
Departures on time: % on low frequency routes7477
Early departures: % on low frequency routes4.03.4
Night bus: % departures on time6570
Customer satisfaction ratings(11)
Condition of bus stops and shelters5776
Internal cleanliness of buses6383
External cleanliness of buses5578
Staff helpfulness6687
Bus station environment7176
Bus station information6868
Financial targets
subsidy per bus km(12)[note(10)] not more than 6.53p
LT Buses gross loss(13)[note(10)]not more than £21.7m

(6) These targets have been recalibrated for 1998-99 and so are not directly comparable to previous years.

(7) Net subsidy per operated bus kilometre before depreciation, renewals, restructuring and PFI costs.

(8) LT Buses gross loss before depreciation, renewals, restructuring and PFI costs.

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Other Services1997-981998-99
Customer satisfaction ratings
Travel information call centre: ease of reaching Enquiry servicen/a77
Travel information call centre: operator helpfulnessn/a91
Dial-a-Ride: percentage of calls answered first timen/a20
Dial-a-Ride: percentage of punctual arrivalsn/a93
Financial targets
Group services gross loss(17)[note(13)] not more than £23.4m
Property rental income growth(18)[note(13)]IPD index
Dial-a-Ride cost per trip[note(13)]£10.80

(9) Includes Victoria Coach Station, Unit for Disabled Passengers, PASS and LT Museum but excludes Bus Insurance Liability costs. To be amended to reflect transfer of PASS to the private sector following the signing of Prestige.

(10) To be at least as good as the average shown by the IPD index, (Investment Property Databank Index) on a three year rolling basis.

Explanatory note

Lifts and escalators

1. This year's targets for lift and escalator availability on the Underground are lower than last year. That reflects the short term impact of the increased levels of investment in the Underground following the announcement of an extra £365 million of funding for the Underground. We will be expecting improvements in future years as the benefits of the investment programme become apparent.

Journey time metric

2. This year's targets include a new target for excess journey time. This is based on a new measure LT have introduced--the journey time metric. The journey time metric is a system developed for measuring customers'

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overall journey time on the network. It breaks down a journey into its component parts (ticket purchase time, access time to platforms, platform waiting time etc.) and measures them in a way which reflects customer's perceived time rather than actual time. This is done by the application of weightings. For example, people dislike waiting for trains, therefore a weight of 2 is applied to the actual wait time (doubling the figure for time spent waiting on platforms).

3. LT use this measure to build up a scheduled journey time, reflecting the amount of time a journey should take in free flow conditions, when there is no queuing, every train runs precisely to timetable, and there is no disruption. The excess journey time is then calculated by observing the difference between the scheduled journey time and the observed journey time. Both measures have the relevant weightings applied, and the difference between them will be the excess journey time.

NHS Unqualified Nursing Staff and Assistants

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many employees described as nursing or healthcare assistants or nursing auxiliaries have been employed by each NHS region in each of the past five years.[HL3766]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): The information requested is shown in the table.

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NHS unqualified nursing staff and healthcare assistants in specific areas* of work by NHS regions As at 30 September of each year.
whole-time equivalents

English Regional Health Authority areas19931994English NHS Executive Regional Office areas1994199519961997
Northern5,8406,010Northern & Yorkshire11,97011,98012,76012,970
Trent9,81010,160Anglia & Oxford9,3309,4709,9409,800
East Anglia4,3804,480North Thames10,74011,68012,05012,400
North West Thames4,9905,160South Thames11,47011,57011,92012,000
North East Thames5,9106,280South & West 14,55014,37014,56014,110
South East Thames5,7006,020West Midlands9,5009,50010,57011,130
South West Thames5,3505,360North & West13,43013,37013,89014,170
South Western7,9207,750
West Midlands9,9009,510
North Western8,7408,900
England91,95092,550 92,55094,69098,670100,130
Northern Ireland3,3103,2103,2103,2503,3103,210


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

2. Figures for England from 1995 and for Wales from 1996 are not directly comparable with those for earlier years because of changes to the classification of non-medical staff.

* Figures exclude HCAs working in support of therapy staff and other non-nursing areas of work.

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