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Scotland

Volume 122: debated on Friday 13 November 1987

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School Boards

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library copies of the submissions he has received concerning his proposals for school boards.

I have asked for copies of responses to the consultation paper "School Management and the Role of Parents" which were not marked as confidential to be available for public inspection on the open file in St. Andrew's House library. Photocopies of these responses can be obtained at cost by application to the Scottish Office librarian. In addition, to meet the hon. Gentleman's request, I will arrange for the open file to be transferred to the House Library on 3 December.

Rating Reform

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will specify the documents and sources which poll tax registration officers will use in compiling the basic register and any secondary registers; what steps will he taken to ensure that the full safeguards ensued in the Data Protection Act apply to such personal information on both registers; and if he will make a statement.

Sections 17 and 18 of the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987 set out the arrangements for the provision of information to community charges registration officers. The main sources of information will be a "responsible person" who will respond to canvass inquiries in respect of each address, and individuals who are required to notify the registration officer when their registration details change. The registration officer will also have access to relevant records held by the electoral registration officer, other community charges registration officers, and local authorities and other housing bodies (new town development corporations and the Scottish Special Housing Association) in his registration area. Draft regulations on registration matters were recently issued by the Scottish Office for comment by interested bodies.The 1987 Act makes no change in the provisions of the Data Protection Act, and in addition, under section 20(1) of the 1987 Act, each person registered in the register has the right to inspect the whole of each entry in the register relating to him.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report his estimate of the number of adults in Scotland who will be liable to pay the community charge in 1987–88 and whose names should be registered in the community charge register for that year.

My right hon. and learned Friend has made no estimate of the number of people who would be liable to pay the personal community charge in 1987–88, were the new system already in place, or of the number of people who will be liable to pay the charge in 1989–90. It is estimated that in Scotland there are some 3·9 million people aged 18 and over.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has advised community charge registration officers to run cross-checks with other lists such as the electoral register when they are compiling their community charge registers in order to obtain greater accuracy in the compilation of such registers.

No. The responsibility for preparing and maintaining the community charge register rests with the community charges registration officer.

Housing Associations

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list, by name, the housing associations which are registered in Scotland.

I suggest that the hon. Member approaches the Housing Corporation in Scotland for this information.

Scottish Special Housing Association

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing the number of tenants living in Scottish Special Housing Association rented accommodation within the Glasgow, Central constituency in each year since 1979.

This information is not held centrally by constituency area.

Information Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list by grade the personnel currently employed in the public information division within the Forestry Commission.

The information is as follows:

  • Principal Information Officer
  • Senior Information Officer
  • Information Officers (2)
  • Principal Photographer
  • Senior Photographer
  • Executive Officer
  • Administrative Officers (2)
  • Administrative Assistants (2)
  • Personal Secretary.

"School Management And The Role Of Parents"

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any plans to place in the Library any of the submissions he has received in response to his consultative paper "School Management and the Role of Parents".

I have asked for copies of responses to the consultation paper "School Management and the Role of Parents" which were not marked as confidential to be available for public inspection on the open file in St. Andrew's House library. Photocopies of these responses can be obtained at cost by application to the Scottish Office librarian. In addition, to meet my hon. Friend's request, I will arrange for the open file to be transferred to the House Library on 3 December.

Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the cost to local authorities in Scotland of collecting domestic rates in each of the last five years for which figures are available, expressed in cash terms and as percentages of local authority revenue expenditure in Scotland.

Centrally held information on costs of rate collection does not distinguish between domestic and non-domestic rates. The precise information requested is therefore not available.

Electoral Register

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the cost of compiling the electoral register in Scotland in each of the last five years for which information is available.

The information given in the table is the best available. Some authorities do not distinguish between expenditure on registration of electors and expenditure on lands valuation, both being services provided by the regional or islands assessor.

Year£000
1983–8412,348
1984–8513,489
1985–8623,432
1986–8734,254
1987–8844,898
1 Final Outturn.
2 Near Final Outturn.
3 Provisional Outturn.
4 Budget Estimates.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the number of adults in Scotland whose names appear on the electoral register for the latest year in which information is available.

I refer the hon. Member to table 2 in the "Office of Population Censuses and Surveys Monitor EL 87/1" issued on 22 April 1987, a copy of which is in the Library.

Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the annual expenditure, expressed per head of population, in each of the cities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh for each of the last 10 years from (a) the European regional development fund, (b) the European social fund, (c) the Scottish Development Agency, (d) the urban programme and (e) rate support grant.

Figures for expenditure under the European social fund and the urban programme are not readily available in the form requested; figures in respect of he others are:

(1) European Regional Development Fund
£ per head of population
DundeeAberdeenGlasgowEdinburgh
19762·032·460·390·95
19770·740·010·12
19781·16
19790·565·435·670·51
19803·1314·704·23
198114·2912·858·283·21
19826·644·58

Dundee

Aberdeen

Glasgow

Edinburgh

19837·7222·02
198423·3811·64
19857·0722·9100·3
198630·5633·97

Notes:

(i) Figures are in respect of ERDF commitment for infrastructure projects.

(ii) ERDF is allocated by the European Commission mainly to assisted areas. Exceptionally, a project located outwith an assisted area may receive assistance if it can be demonstrated that it is an essential complement to the infrastructure of an adjacent assisted area.

(2) Rate Support Grant

(£ per head of population)

Dundee

Aberdeen

Glasgow

Edinburgh

1977–7818·7218·0318·7912·73
1978–7923·7515·2133·8414·98
1979–8025·2618·5742·7916·69
1980–8126·3723·6053·1723·41
1981–8224·8725·2149·3425·75
1982–8328·9823·0957·2223·71
1983–8432·1125·2959·3625·80
1984–8531·0325·7154·7715·01
1985–8636·6116·3758·1721·76
1986–8728·4312·7152·9216·90

Note:

Rate support grant is paid to both regional and district councils with the larger part going to the regions. The above figures only include the grant to the district councils since the grant to regional councils cannot be apportioned to their constituent districts.

(3) Scottish Development Agency

(£ per head of population)

Dundee

Aberdeen

Glasgow

Edinburgh

1981–8221·11·626·57·0
1982–8329·21·023·96·4
1983–8434·52·730·610·4
1984–8523·214·934·69·7
1985–8631·935·434·39·9
1986–8730·015·143·35·8

Note:

No information on SDA expenditure is available before 1981–82.

Homicide

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons in Scotland have been convicted of homicide in the period since 1965 who had previously been convicted and sentenced for homicide; and if he will make a statement.

Since 1965, four people with a previous murder conviction have been convicted of murder. Comparable information about homicides other than murder is not readily available and could not be obtained except at disproportionate cost.

Hospital Medical Staff (Report)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he will be taking to implement the recommendations of the report "Hospital Medical Staff: Achieving a Balance—Plan for Action"; and if he will make a statement.

I shall be looking closely at what action should be taken in Scotland on the report. Although the basic principles apply with equal force north and south of the border, detailed arrangements to put them into practice in Scotland will need to be separately determined in consultation with professional and health board interests.I have therefore decided to set up a working group, chaired by Dr. Graham Scott, the deputy chief medical officer of the Scottish Home and Health Department, which will include representatives of health boards, the Scottish Joint Consultants Committee, Scottish universities medical schools, the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical Education and the Department. The group will consider what action needs to be taken in Scotland. The aim will be to help bring hospital medical career and training grades into balance, and ensure quality of service to patients.

Gear Project

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the total expenditure by the Scottish Development Agency in the former GEAR area of Glasgow since the formal ending of the GEAR project to date.

[holding answer 26 October 1987]: The agency intends to spend some £l3 million over the three years from March 1987 when phase I of the GEAR project is concluded. During the current financial year the agency has spent £1·8 million in the GEAR area.

Cowlains Industrial Estate

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to the success in attracting new companies to the Cowlains industrial estate.

[holding answer 26 October 1987]: All seven blocks of factory units are occupied and the Scottish Development Agency is undertaking a feasibility study with a view to providing small units to meet market demand.

Council House Sales

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, by constituency, the number of public sector houses sold and repossessed in each of the years since 1980.

[holding answer 26 October 1987]: Information on public sector house sales is not collected centrally by parliamentary constituency. The available figures for the years 1980 to 1986 are set out in the table. Statistics on repossessions of houses are not collected centrally.

Sales of Public Sector houses by Authority—Scotland 1980–86

Area

Year

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Scotland6,48211,17015,10618,31517,23915,63014,152
Local authorities2,9367,33611,81113,00612,83211,59410,426

Borders

28219274358468330211
Berwickshire27454465935275
Ettrick and LauderdaleI6880140193144100
Roxburgh0741019714210721
Tweedale0324956402715

Central

1732756551,0951,159826685
Clackmannan837910916912110295
Falkirk35170490748698511346
Stirling552656178340313244

Dumfries and Galloway

58718513463381420452
Annandale and Eskdale01641711039610299
Nithsdale0234180170143163215
Stewartry581308149465459
Wigtown0190811419610179

Fife

6148041,3771,8011,7271,2471,026
Dunfermline0414612834707385330
Kirkcaldy508138463583748638489
North East Fife106252302384272224207

Grampian

1667841,1261,7381,7331,5091,103
Aberdeen44114492769698602328
Banff and Buchan34210167322399357301
Gordon055237274276150144
Kincardine and Deeside01847390719661
Moray88221157283289304269

Highland

37662565518367408389
Badenoch and Strathspey5682928211644
Caithness5158113105488359
Inverness011923217610313797
Lochaber1365447525265
Nairn0442731352916
Ross and Cromarty01567086776078
Skye and Lochalsh138610181425
Sutherland2543343513175

Lothian

5431,0931,7721,7532,8541,6141,362
East Lothian057387341436279248
Edinburgh3479048017331,727850715
Midlothian216411421437243177
West Lothian194116173258254242222

Strathclyde

1,0172,0134,2354,0213,0084,1504,233
Argyl and Bute069105126141142130
Bearsden and Milngavie32792353492535
Clydebank0086918372138
Clydesdale6302240508855
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth21262336384973
Cumnock and Doon Valley01113867695298
Cunninghame369122140172217191324
Dumbarton001246211376121
East Kilbride0523122233328
Eastwood71712242263548
Glasgow1433361,8361,5567351,4271,039
Hamilton1457192237127169249
Inverclyde639499182104316225
Kilmarnock and Loudoun012476169191199231
Kyle and Carrick232125148258310355400
Monklands166712210171122190
Motherwell0109254172188213290
Renfrew50288721476385411416
Strathkelvin025317315988175143

Tayside

2994741,1441,0831,053992868
Angus38115388305378324259
Dundee5278263222323411366
Perth and Kinross209281493556352257243

Orkney Islands

0113212072222

Area

Year

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Shetland Islands

0466570262828

Western Isles

11356486494847

Newtowns

2,1291,8451,3622,3901,9631,5731,653
Cumbernauld598565203419448311388
East Kilbride1,003832501874614575467
Glenrothes352279379635508378349
Irvine192155939884165
Livingston157148224369295225284
SSHA1,4171,9891,9332,9192,4442,4632,073