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Written Answers

Volume 375: debated on Thursday 21 October 1976

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Written Answers

Lucas Aerospace: Shop Stewards Report

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have studied the report prepared by the shop-stewards of Lucas Aerospace on the conversion of that company's products from warlike to peaceful uses, and, if so, what general conclusions they have drawn from the report.

Her Majesty's Government have considered representations made to them on a number of occasions by the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine Committee with regard to product diversification but we have not seen the complete report. The Government have recommended to the Combine that they discuss

January to June19741976
Full certificateShort birth certificateTotalFull certificateShort birth certificateTotal
Public Search Room75,15110,23885,38948,1679,60857,775
Postal application section45,19319,59964,79231,0378,08739,124
Total120,34429,837150,18179,20417,69596,899

their Corporate Plan with the management of Lucas Aerospace, and we understand that discussions are going on within the company through the local consultative machinery on some of the matters in the report.

Financial Aid To Political Parties: Committee Report

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will give an assurance that they will not introduce legislation to implement the majority report of the Committee on Financial Aid to Political Parties (Cmnd. 6601), in view of its highly controversial character, at least until the necessary reductions in public expenditure, as a proportion of national income, have helped to reduce inflation to an acceptable level.

The Government have not yet completed their consideration of this report.

General Register Office: Certificate Sales

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they can state the numbers of certificates sold in the Public Search Room and in the Postal Application Section of the Department of the Registrar General for the periods January to June in 1974 and 1976.

The number of birth, death and marriage certificates sold at the General Register Office in London were:

Northwood, Pinner And District Hospital

asked Her Majesty's Government:How much money will be saved per annum if the decision to close the Northwood, Pinner and District Hospital is implemented; and how much money would be saved per annum if the same number of beds were closed at the Parent District Hospital.

There has been no decision to close this hospital. The Area Health Authority has asked its officers to assess the financial effect of closure and absorbing the work elsewhere.

Uxbridge Cottage Hospital

asked Her Majesty's Government:How much money will be saved per annum if the decision to close the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital is implemented; and how much money would be saved per annum if the same number of beds were closed at the Parent District Hospital.

There has been no final decision to close Uxbridge Cottage Hospital (24 beds); the decision is in principle only and subject to consultation. The current cost per annum is £103,000. The average cost of a 30 bedded ward at the Parent District Hospital is £41,000. The proposal is to absorb the workload of the former into the remaining hospitals in the area.

Hayes And Harlington Hospital

asked Her Majesty's Government:How much money will be saved per annum if the decision to close the Hayes and Harlington Hospital is implemented; and how much money would be saved per annum if the same number of beds were closed at the Parent District Hospital.

There has been no decision to close Hayes Cottage Hospital (34 beds) where current annual cost is £120,000 per annum. The Area Health Authority has asked its officers to assess the financial effect of closure and absorbing the work elsewhere. £57,000 would be saved per annum if Harlington Hospital (14 beds) were to close. No final decision has been taken. The proposal, subject to consultation, would be to absorb the workload into the main maternity wing at Hillingdon Hospital.House adjourned at one minute past midnight.