HC Deb 26 January 1996 vol 270 cc434-5W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which members of which non-departmental public bodies are current local authority councillors; how much time annually each spends on each body; and what is the salary paid for each position. [8473]

Mr. Kynoch

Fifty-five local authority councillors currently hold Secretary of State appointments to executive non-departmental public bodies, health boards and NHS trusts. These appointments are made on an individual basis, and not as a representative of any particular interest or group. The details are as set out in the table. The time spent is the minimum required and appointees usually will spend additional time, for example, in preparing for meetings or serving on sub-committees. The figures exclude appointments by local authorities to bodies on which they have statutory representation.

Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all the helplines, or schemes which include a helpline service, for which his Department provides any funding, stating which are(a) independent organisations, (b) run by his Department or agencies of his Department or (c) of another classification; how many calls each received in each of the last five years; and how much money each received from his Department in each of the last five years. [9801]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The Scottish Office contributes to two UK-wide national helplines. The Scottish figures recorded by financial year are set out in the following table:

Helpline Year commenced Amount paid by The Scottish Office to operating Company £ Number of calls
AIDS 1990–91 143,000 91,371
1991–92 156,000 170,184
1992–93 193,000 11,543
1993–94 197,000 73,442

One Scotland-only Helpline in contracted out by the Scottish Office to an operating company:
Helpline Year commmenced Amount (£)paid by the Scottish Office to operating company Number of calls
NHS Helpline 129 October 1992 90,188 2,143
1993 225,738 12,521
1994 215,338 24,017
1995 196,982 14,736
1Figures recorded by calendar year.

The Scottish Office runs an inquiry line operated by its own staff:

Helpline Year commenced Scottish Office costs £ Number of calls
Inquiry line October 1993 1171,000 1,989
1994 5,000 3,594
1995 5,000 3,459
1Includes establishment and initial publicity costs.

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