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Forest Service

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has for the future organisation of the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture. [14838]

As my colleague the Minister with responsibility for this matter, Lord Dubs, announced in another place on 16 October in reply to a question from baroness Nicol, Official Report, House of Lords, column 200, following consideration of a Prior Options Study, which was announced to Parliament on 7 March 1995, the Government have decided that the Forest Service should become a Next Steps Agency and that preparations should proceed with a view to agentisation with effect from 1 April 1998.

Retained deficits of HPSS boards Northern Ireland
1994–951995–961996–97
BoardDeficit (£ million)Percentage of budgetDeficit (£ million)Percentage of budgetDeficit (£ million)Percentage of budget
EHSSB1·9860·375·150·95
SHSSB1·5820·625·20·2
WHSSB1·1390·532·6531·161·020·44
NHSSB recorded a surplus in each of the three years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) actual deficits and (b) projected deficits of each health trust as a percentage of their budgets for the last three years. [14271]

Retained deficits of HSS trusts (Northern Ireland)
1994–951995–961996–97
TrustDeficit (£ million)Percentage of incomeDeficit (£ million)Percentage of turnoverDeficit (£million)Percentage of turnover
BCH0·9971·220·5860·692·4062·66
CAH0·1910·450·3440·761·2882·82
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service0·0861·220·010·05
UNDAH1·0141·940·320·561·8573·21
RGH1·2250·9
Green Park1·1182·340·5191·04
Mater0·0070·38
Craigavon/Banbridge0·0880·27
Newry/Mourne0·250·58
North and West Belfast0·8390·99
Causeway0·3780·8
Altnagelvin0·1090·23
Armagh/Dungannon0·0920·16