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Mr Jack Browne: Mid-wives alone were present at 2,284 domiciliary births. Thirty-two of the mothers had trilene analgesia, 1,648 had gas and air and 1,541—including some who also had gas and air—pethidine.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir, I think I can say that I agree entirely with the hon. Lady's point of view.
Mr Jack Browne: There are no statutory provisions relating to national parks in Scotland, but special arrangements, designed to safeguard rural amenity, apply to the handling of applications for planning permission in certain areas of Scotland, including the vicinity of Loch Lomond.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend realises, as we all do, that Loch Lomond is a priceless asset of Scotland, and I can assure the hon. Lady that nothing will be done, which we can prevent, to spoil the amenities of the area.
Mr Jack Browne: Seventy-two thousand nine hundred and sixty-five births took place in Scottish hospitals in 1958. There is always a doctor in charge of the patient, though he is not always present at the birth. The average duration of stay in hospital was ten days.
Mr Jack Browne: I would hardly agree with the hon. Lady in referring to Scottish mothers as squawking hens or battery hens. This is really a matter for the medical adviser.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend wrote at the end of June to the local authorities of the areas in which smoke pollution is worst to urge faster progress with the setting up of smoke control areas and to ask them to let him have by 31st December their proposals for the next five years.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir.
Mr Jack Browne: It is up to the local authority to decide its smoke control area. I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we are not satisfied with the progress made, and for that reason my right hon. Friend has written to councils, as the hon. Gentleman suggested, gingering them up.
Mr Jack Browne: I understand that the county council is seeking a housing site at Arrochar, but no specific proposal has yet been reported to my right hon. Friend's Department.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend has not yet had the proposal, but I hope it will not be necessary for the Department to intervene.
Mr Jack Browne: The regional board has worked out a co-ordinated admission policy with the consultants concerned: this will reduce bookings to a level consistent with the capacity of the hospital and so minimise the risk of cross-infection. Approval has been given to plans for improving the sanitary annexes and the work will be carried out as quickly as possible.
Mr Jack Browne: It is not really for my right hon. Friend to give an assurance, but I sincerely hope that this local and difficult problem has now been solved.
Mr Jack Browne: I am aware that drowning accidents do occur in Loch Lomond all too often and I welcome this opportunity to stress the need for caution by people bathing and boating there. My right hon. Friend has no direct powers but will now discuss the question of adequate warning notices with the county councils concerned.
Mr Jack Browne: The county council has powers to put up notices and issue such warnings, but it has to get approval from the proprietors of the lochside.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend hopes that the new salaries for midwives which are to take effect from 1st March this year will improve the staffing position in Ayrshire. A Memorandum went to hospital authorities in April, suggesting ways of making midwifery in hospitals more attractive. My right hon. Friend is asking hospital authorities to discuss with the local authorities in Ayrshire means of...
Mr Jack Browne: One medium size firm and we believe four small ones.
Mr Jack Browne: If the hon. Gentleman had phrased his Question a little differently, the answer would have been about twenty-three firms, because in addition to those which I have already mentioned, two substantial firms expect to occupy new premises in September, three have made firm arrangements to move, seven are in active consultation with local authorities, and six are known to be actively making plans.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend knows that abandoned properties often create a serious problem, but he has received no representations from the Corporation on the subject.
Mr Jack Browne: I am afraid that I cannot answer that supplementary question at this juncture.