HC Deb 29 November 1989 vol 162 cc280-1W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to announce which hospitals are to become independent hospital trusts.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

My right hon. and learned Friend will consider each initial proposal carefully before deciding whether to seek a full application, and announcements will be made as decisions are taken.

Mr. Win Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money was raised in prescription charges in Scotland in each year from 1979–80 to 1987–88; and into what fund these receipts are paid.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The total amounts raised from prescription charges in Scotland were as follows:

£ million
1979–80 4.247
1980–81 7.597
1981–82 9.879

£ million
1982–83 11.805
1983–84 12.798
1984–85 13.976
1985–86 15.313
1986–87 18.869
1987–88 17.233

The prescription charges collected in Scotland in the family practitioner services are credited to class XVI, vote 17, subheads A2 and AZ.

Mr. Bill Walker

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of his latest negotiations with the British Medical Association with regard to general practitioner contracts in Scotland; and if he will publish the British Medical Association's latest letters on this matter.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

[holding answer 24 November 1989]: Formal negotiations with the British Medical Association on the new contract for general practitioners culminated in the agreement reached with the GMSC negotiators on 4 May. Since then, and despite the rejection of that agreement by a number of doctors, there has been extensive consultation with the British Medical Association, including the Scottish General Medical Services Committee, on the draft regulations, statement of fees and allowances and other matters relating to the implementation of the new contract. Within the terms of the 4 May agreement, I remain willing to consider any matters affecting the detailed implementation of the contract in Scotland which the SGMSC may wish to draw to my attention to take account of the particular circumstances of doctors in Scotland. These have been the subject of correspondence between me or officials and the British Medical Association. I have arranged for copies of the latest letters from the chariman of the Scottish General Medical Services Committee to be placed in the Library of the House.

South Africa Trade1
Percentage Shares by Partner Country
United Kingdom Australia New Zealand Canada India
1984 7.4 0.9 0.1 0.9 NA
1985 8.3 0.8 0.1 0.8 NA
1986 7.5 0.7 0.1 1.1 NA
1987 7.1 0.6 0.1 0.6 NA
1988 7.4 0.4 0.1 0.5 NA
1exports plus imports not available

Source: IMF Direction of Trade Statistics.