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Poinding and Warrant Sale, Scotland: Tax Effects of Abolition

Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Revenue Departments' concern is that, whatever the outcome of the debate on the future of poinding and warrant sale, there should be adequate alternative arrangements for outstanding tax to be collected from companies and individuals in Scotland.

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Greenwich Park: Car Parking Charges

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14 March (WA 202), how many members of the public have expressed support for the introduction of car parking charges in Greenwich Park; which of the organisations consulted supported the proposal; and what is the estimated cost of administering the scheme in the financial year 2000-01.[HL1575]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency and I have asked them to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Harris from the Head of Policy of the Royal Parks Agency, Viviane Robertson, dated 30 March 2000

Pending the appointment of a new Chief Executive, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has asked me to reply to your parliamentary question about the introduction of parking charges in Greenwich Park. This is an operational matter for which the agency is responsible.

It is difficult to find an effective way of consulting the general public directly about the introduction of parking charges, but we inevitably receive unsolicited letters in the course of consulting representative organisations. In this case we received some 60 letters, of which only two or three were in favour. In such circumstances we would expect that the majority of people who feel strongly enough to write would be opposed to the proposal, but they amount to a very small proportion of the thousands of people who visit the park in a year.

All the interested organisations that we consulted supported the introduction of parking charges in principle, although some had reservations about the level of the charge and the times when they would apply. The agency has revised its original proposals in the light of their comments.

The estimated cost of administering the scheme in the financial year 2000-01 is £76,000.

Girls Under 16: Pregnancies

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many girls under the age of 16 and in the care of a local authority:


    (a) had pregnancies recorded;


    (b) had pregnancies terminated;

    in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area; and[HL1645]

    How many girls under the age of 16 in England and Wales:


    (a) had pregnancies recorded;


    (b) had pregnancies terminated;

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    in the latest year for which figures are available.[HL1646]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics, who has been asked to reply.

Letter to Lord Alton of Liverpool from the Director of the Office for National Statistics, Dr T Holt, dated 30 March 2000

As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent questions on the numbers of girls under the age of 16 in England and Wales who had pregnancies recorded and who had pregnancies terminated.

In 1998, there were 8,438 conceptions to girls aged under 16, in England and Wales, of which 4,428 led to termination.

Statistics on pregnancies of girls in local authority care are not available centrally.

Wales: Additional Education Funding

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much additional spending on education and health announced in the Budget will be allocated to Wales.[HL1684]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Wales will receive £49.6 million of the increase in education funding for 2000-01, and £1,299 million of the increase in health funding, which is for the financial years 2000-01 to 2003-04. The use of these resources is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales to decide. The Finance Secretary set out her proposals in the Assembly's debate on the Budget on 28 March.

Wales: NHS Expenditure

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish an annual run of expenditure figures for the National Health Service in Wales up to 2004.[HL1685]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Expenditure for the National Health Service in Wales up to 2004 is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the current totality of deficits in the National Health Service Trusts in Wales.[HL1686]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Responsibility for allocation of funds to the National Health Service in Wales, and for monitoring trusts' financial deficits, rests with the National Assembly for Wales.

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Wales: Task Forces and Review Groups

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the names of members of task forces and review groups currently operating in Wales.[HL1687]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Information is not held centrally on task forces and review groups operating in Wales, but is currently being collected, and will be placed in the Library as soon as possible. I will write to the noble Lord when this has been done.

Wales: NHS Trust Members

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the names of members of Welsh National Health Service Trusts.[HL1688]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The responsibility for appointing to Trust and Health Authority Boards rests with the National Assembly for Wales. In line with set procedures, each time an appointment is made it is announced publicly. A full list of names of Trust Board members can be found in the Trust Annual Reports.

Nursing and Care Home Residents: Diabetes--Screening

Lord Blease asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What provisions are available in Northern Ireland for the regular screening for diabetes of those resident in nursing homes and in care establishments.[HL1690]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: There is no routine screening programme for diabetes at present. However, this is currently being reviewed by the National Screening Committee. Residents in nursing homes and residential care accommodation, like the rest of the general population, are registered with family doctors and have access to general medical services. GPs are encouraged to screen patients for diabetes, particularly those in high risk groups, during routine consultations or to test for diabetes of patients present with symptoms or signs of the disease. Other health care professionals such as community nurses, pharmacists, optometrists and chiropodists may identify symptoms or signs and refer patients for further investigation.

Northern Ireland: Pregnancies in 11 to 16 year-old Girls

Lord Blease asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What were the number of pregnant teenage girls in Northern Ireland in each of the six age groups

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    from 11 year-olds to 16 year-olds, for each of the last five years for which figures are available.[HL1691]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: It is not possible to provide information on the number of pregnant teenage girls in Northern Ireland, as the number of pregnancies is not recorded.

The number of births to teenage girls aged 11-16 registered in Northern Ireland in each of the years 1994-1998 is shown in the table below.

Number of births* registered in Northern Ireland, by age of mother, 1994-1998

Age of Mother19941995199619971998
1100000
1200000
1311111
1410121338
153932404147
16120102162153148

Northern Ireland: Bus and Rail Transport Studies

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What investigations and reports on bus and rail transport in Northern Ireland have been carried out over the last 10 years, by whom, covering what periods, and costing how much.[HL1587]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Details of investigations and reports undertaken post-1995 on bus and rail transport in Northern Ireland are set out below in Table 1:

Table 1

Nature of investigation or reportCarried out byCovering the period
Evaluation of Easibus SystemUniversity of Ulster1995-96
Provision of Traffic Engineering Constancy Services; Bus PriorityOscar FaberMarch 1998-January 1999
Research on the development of community transport in rural areasTAS PartnershipAugust 1998-March 2000
Public Private Partnerships Outline Business Case OptionsPricewaterhouseCoopersFebruary 1999-November 1999
Interim bus and rail solutionsPricewaterhouseCoopersMay 1999-date
Y2K assessment of TranslinkDeloitte and ToucheJune 1999
Pilot free travel scheme for elderly peopleThe MVA PartnershipJune 1999-date
Albertbridge Tidal Flow and Bus PriorityOscar FaberAugust 1999-February 2000

The total cost of these investigations and reports is £295,000. Full information prior to 1995 could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Those details that are, however, readily available are shown in Table 2.


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Table 2

Nature of investigation or reportCarried out byApproximate period
Bus Priority Study for the Oxford Street AreaJMP1991
Collection of data on Ormeau Road Bus Lane SchemeUniversity of Ulster1993
Southern Approaches Transport Modelling and AdviceThe MVA Constancy1993
Queen Street Bus Station--Feasibility StudyIMP1994
Development of a Bus Strategy for Greater BelfastSteer Davies Gleave1994
Bus Strategy for BelfastSteer Davies Gleave1994

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