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Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Consultative Panel, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:masters, other fire service organisations, the Institution of Fire Engineers and my Department. It has no funds and members are unpaid; expenses incurred by members in attending meetings are reimbursed, and in 1979 the total of these expenses was £450.Corresponding figures for earlier years are not available, but would be broadly comparable to that for 1979.Servicing of the council is undertaken by officers of my Department as part of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Economic Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The Scottish Economic Council, of which I am chairman, is an advisory body concerned with the economic development of Scotland. The council does not disburse any funds. It has at present 28 members all of whom are appointed on a personal basis; membership has varied between this figure and 16 in the past six years. Appointments to the council are unpaid; members may claim travelling expenses. Costs in the last financial year and in the previous five financial years were as follows:

1979–80£370
1978–79£860
1977–78£480
1976–77£540
1975–76£670
1974–75Nil
Members
YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
££££
1979–80131Nil21Nil91
1978–79NilNil20NilNil
1977–78315Nil20Nil215
1976–77184Nil20Nil134
1975–76655Nil20Nil355
Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Records Advisory Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The Scottish Records Advisory Council, appointed by the Secretary of State under the Public Records (Scotland) Act 1937, comprises 12 members,

A number of the staff of my Department are concerned in one way or another with servicing the council as part of wider duties. It is not possible precisely to quantify the staff time or costs involved.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Food Hygiene Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:including the Keeper of the Records who is chairman ex officio. Members are unpaid and travelling expenses, where claimed, have averaged in total £15 annually in recent years. Secretarial support is provided by Scottish Record Office staff as an integral part of their duties and is not separately costed.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board advises the Secretary of State for Scotland on applications for selective financial assistance under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972; it does not itself disburse moneys.The board consists of a chairman and 11–10 prior to 1977—members. All are unpaid and receive expenses only for attendance at meetings. During the past five years such expenses totalled:

£
1975–761,241
1976–771,740
1977–781,346
1978–791,416
1979–801,496
The board does not employ directly any staff, but is serviced by officials of the Scottish Economic Planning Department as part of their duties in administering selective financial assistance. The amount of their time devoted to meetings of the board cannot be precisely apportioned or costed.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration,, of the Scottish Advisory Committee on Top Grade Scientific Posts, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:

YearNumber of membersNumber of meetingsExpenses of members
£
1979–80113258·89
1978–79112118·45
1977–7811139·14
1976–77112102·41
1975–7611146·32

This advisory committee is serviced by my Department. It employs no staff and disburses no funds, and no remuneration is payable in respect of membership.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Statistics Consultative Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with that body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

There are seven members of the Scottish Agricultural Statistics Consultative Committee. They receive no payment for their services, and have not been paid for any expenses incurred in this period. Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties. The committee does not disburse any funds.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Central Committee on Mathematics, the amount disbursed by that payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–808,850Nil17Nil4,8003,98070
1978–795,830Nil16Nil2,2703,52535
1977–786,110Nil16Nil2,6503,43030
1976–775,680Nil16Nil2,5403,09030
1975–761,760Nil16Nil2851,475

Notes:

1. Administration costs are included in the expenditure of the Dundee centre of the Scottish Curriculum Development Service and cannot be separately identified.

2. In addition there are three ' ad hoc ' working groups fulfilling a specific remit from the central committee, involving 18 additional persons. Information about similar 'ad hoc' groups which may have existed in previous years is not kept centrally but the costs of any such groups are included within the total costs for members' expenses in those years.

3. All persons concerned are involved part-time only.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Health Services Planning Council, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

Year*Total costsAmount disbursed in expensesTotal staff costsNumber of staff at 1 April each year
£££
1974–7539,8756,87233,0039
1975–7667,80719,77948,0289
1976–7786,92230,96455,95810
1977–78110,78440,14670,63812
1978–79121,26141,89379,36813
* Figures for 1979–80 are not available.
† Members of the council are unpaid: re-imbursement is limited to expenses actually incurred in attending meetings of the council and its committees.
‡ The planning council secretariat is responsible for servicing the national consultative committees of the health care professions in addition to the planning council and its associated groups. The staff of the secretariat has been reduced by three in the last six months.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Rural Practices Fund Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

Members
YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
££££
1979–803007300
1978–797
1977–781077107
1976–775297529
1975–762437243
1974–752957295

members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is set out in the table below:members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

Secretarial support is provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Standing Committee for the Calculation of Residual Values of Fertilisers and Feeding, the amount disbursed

Members
YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
££££
19791198119
197852852
197756856
197681881
197533833
Part-time secretarial services are provided by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Studentships Selection Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including

Members
YearTotal Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
££££
1979–80108560,000 (Est)11400108
1978–79158469,08011158
1977–78155425,00011155
1976–7789260,0001189
1975–7669214,0001169
1974–7554160,7501154
Secretarial services are provided by departmental officers in the course of their normal duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Teachers' Salaries Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively,

by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively members of the body by way of salary or equivalent expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries, and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

I have no responsibility for the administration of the Scottish Teachers' Salaries Committee. It has 36 unpaid members representing local authorities, my Department and teachers' associations. The other information requested is not held centrally.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Office Discussion Group on Inquiries, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years,

The Scottish Office Discussion Group on Inquiries met only during 1974. It reviewed the operation of the public inquiry system and was disbanded when work on the memorandum on public inquiries was completed. There has been no expenditure on or by the group in the past five years.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the State Hospital Management Committee, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

Information on the State Hospital Management Committee cannot be provided in full in the form requested by my hon. Friend. Including the chairman, there are at present 14 members of the committee: they receive no salary or equivalent payments. Secretarial services in connection with the meetings of the committee are provided by the administrative staff of the State hospital as part of their normal duties. Total identifiable financial costs of the

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–801,344,500175330967,00011,000
1978–791,269,100176260823,40010,900
1977–78979,400179130745,9008,600
1976–77904,900181190687,8007,200
1975–76841,800179150623,7006,900

committee therefore amount to no more than travelling expenses, which in 1979–80 came to £380. No sums are disbursed by the committee by way of grants or similar payments.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Transport Group, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information about this nationalised industry is not readily available in the form requested, but a good deal of detail about the Scottish Transport Group and its trading subsidiaries is contained in the annual report and accounts for 1978, copies of which were sent to all Scottish Members. Past reports are also available in the Library of the House. The 1979 report, which will also be distributed to hon. Members, will be presented in the House shortly.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Horticultural Research Institute, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The figures for staff salaries include the salaries of all administrative, scientific and industrial staff employed by the institute.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Police College, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The Scottish Police College is part of the Scottish Home and

Numbers
YearTotal Net Financial CostsAmount DisbursedNo. of Persons InvolvedSalaries or EquivalentExpenses
££££
1979–801,597,774*Nil40Nil2,655*
1978–791,803,449Nil40Nil1,940
1977–781,748,768Nil40Nil1,184
1976–771,397,815Nil40Nil1,589
1975–76817,720Nil40Nil2,903
* Provisional

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Agricultural Securities Corporation, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The detailed information requested does not fall within my direct responsibility and is a matter for the corporation.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Association for the Care Health Department and is administered by the Secretary of State as a common police service on behalf of all the police authorities in Scotland; half the cost is recovered from police authorities, which contribute in proportion to their authorised police establishment. The Secretary of State is advised on the management of the college by a board of governors and associated committees, members of which do not receive salaries.The information requested is set out in the table below. It shows the total net expenditure of the college, the number of persons who are members of the board of governors and its committees, and the cost of their expenses. Civil Service and police staff at the college are not included, and the costs of their salaries and expenses are contained within the total net costs.and Resettlement of Offenders, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

This information is not available centrally in the form requested.The association is a voluntary organisation with its own management council, its income being derived chiefly from central and local government and from donations by the public. Grant is paid by the Secretary of State towards the central administration expenses of the association; the amounts paid in the past five years have been:

1975–76£15,600
1976–77£24,000
1977–78£29,000
1978–79£32,000
1979–80£35,000

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above

Grants to Research WorkersExpenses of MembersSecretarial FeesAudit and other Administrative CostsTotal Expenditure
£££££
31 July 1974110,1223539,1805,316124,971
31 July 197577,89650511,8807,03697,317
31 July 1976166,90559314,0407,552189,090
31 July 1977123,33951614,0408,972146,867
31 July 1978163,15350315,1209,811188,587
31 July 1979191,22463617,47312,251221,584

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs including administration, of the Scottish Hospital Trust, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
£££££
1978–7925,734625,9527Nil11814,580
1977–7826,818563,9927Nil14216,200
1976–7725,430528,1927Nil14616,200
1975–7624,556559,7967Nil30016,200
1974–7523,322511,4827Nil3016,200

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs including administration, of the Scottish National Camps Association, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons involved*Salaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–80Not yet available
1978–79463,330Nil95Nil48329,720523
1977–78385,160Nil103Nil28027,280378
1976–77337,860Nil110Nil30129,720255
1975–76†474,560Nil121Nil44634,930187
1974: 1 January to 31 December314,370Nil126Nil28121,73044
* Average number of persons.
† Period 1 January 1975 to 31 March 1976.

categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust has a chairman and six members, all of whom serve in a voluntary capacity, being reimbursed only their out-of-pocket expenses. Secretarial services for the trust are provided by a firm of solicitors. Expenditure in the 12 months to 31 July 1979 and in the previous five years has been as follows:for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish National War Memorial, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The Scottish National War Memorial Trustees, set up under Royal Charter, comprise representatives nominated by the Armed Forces (3), the Royal British Legion (Scotland) (1), the Lord Provosts of the four city districts and six other local authority representatives, as well as three persons nominated

MembersStaff
YearTotal financial costsAmount disbursedNumber of persons InvolvedSalaries or equivalentExpensesSalariesExpenses
££££££
1979–801,164,0001552,000671,70021,900
1978–791,081,4001531,500563,10023,400
1977–78988,4001561,300502,50018,700
1976–77954,1001571,000449,90017,000
1975–76817,9001491,000424,90011,100
The figures for staff salaries include the salaries of all administrative, scientific and industrial staff employed by the institute.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Visiting Committees to Borstals (Scotland), the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

Members of borstal visiting committees are unpaid, but may claim travelling and subsistence expenses and a financial loss allowance at the normal rates. Not all members claim the expenses or allowances to which they are entitled. The clerk to the visiting committee is usually a member of the

by the Secretary of State. The trustees are unpaid. I understand that expenditure is met from income from donations.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the Scottish Society for Research in Plant Breeding, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively, members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories in each of the past five years, respectively.

The information is as follows:borstal staff, but the duties are sometimes undertaken by a committee member. The administration costs are negligible.Details of expenditure incurred by borstal visiting committees in Scotland are available only for the financial years 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80. The total expenditure incurred by the visiting committees for the three male borstals in Scotland for these years was as follows:

Year ending 31 March 1978Year ending 31 March 1979Year ending 31 March 1980*
£££
Castle HuntlyNilNil10
Noranside299344306
Polmont436807703
* provisional
The female borstal at Cornton Vale shares a visiting committee with the young offenders institution there and the expenditure relating to the visiting committee's borstal duties cannot be separately identified.

The visiting committees for the borstals at Castle Huntly, Noranside and Polmont have 13, 14, and 13 members, respectively. The membership of the joint visiting committee at Cornton Vale is 12.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for the latest available 12-month period, the total financial costs, including administration, of the working party to review legal aid legislation, the amount disbursed by that body, the number of persons, including secretaries, involved with the body, the amount of payment for, respectively members of the body by way of salary or equivalent, expenses of members, and secretarial salaries and expenses; and what were the figures in all the above categories, in each of the past five years respectively.

The working party is a forum, involving three officers of the Scottish Home and Health Department and 11 representatives nominated by the Central Legal Aid Committee, for review of existing legal aid legislation and regulations in the light of practical experience of working practitioners in the legal profession. The legal members are not remunerated nor do they receive separate travelling expenses for this purpose. Secretarial support is provided by departmental and Law Society staff as an integral part of their normal duties and is not separately costed.