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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 28th March 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 28th March 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Ministerial Visit (North Tayside)

Mr. Bill Walker: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to pay an official visit to the North Tayside constituency.

The Prime Minister: I have at present no plans to do so.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 28 March.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 28 March.

The Prime Minister: This morning, I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.


National Health Service

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Prime Minister (1) what was the spending per head of population on health provision in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England in each of the last five years; and what is the projected spending in the current financial year per head of population in each country;

(2) what percentage of patients in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England are currently covered by general practitioner fundholders.

The Prime Minister: The information is as follows:

Gross total national health service spending per capita

1990-91        1991-92        1992-93        1993-94        1994-95        1995-96 (estimated outturn)

Northern Ireland(3)        581        639        678        705        729        768

Scotland        600        678        740        762        799        849

Wales        536        612        684        705        732        770

England        493        556        607        626        657        694

(3) The figures for Northern Ireland are estimates, due to the fact that Northern Ireland's health services and personal social services are provided on an integrated basis.

Percentage of population covered by GP Fundholding Practices (at April 1995)

Country        Percentage population covered

Northern Ireland        29

Scotland        23

Wales        40

England        41


Intelligence and Security Committee

Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Prime Minister if he has yet received the annual report of the Intelligence and Security Committee in accordance with the Intelligence Services Act 1994; and if he will make a statement on the membership of the Committee.

The Prime Minister: I have received the first annual report of the Intelligence and Security Committee and am presenting it to Parliament today. Copies are also being placed in the Libraries of both Houses. I am grateful to the Committee for the careful and thorough way in which it has carried out its work. Certain portions of its report contained material which fell within the provisions of section 10 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994, and which has accordingly, after consultation with the Committee, been deleted from the published report.

The House will wish to be aware that, following consultations with the Leader of the Opposition and in accordance with section 10 of the Intelligence Services Act, I have appointed the right hon. Lord Blaker as a member of the Committee to succeed the right hon. Lord Howe of Aberavon who has indicated his wish to step down from the Committee. I am very grateful to Lord Howe for the part he has played in the Committee's work.