Mr Jack Browne: I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Gentleman by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 2nd June.
Mr Jack Browne: I should like the hon. Member to put a Question on the Order Paper.
Mr Jack Browne: The full range of facilities offered by the general practitioner and hospital specialist services is available to sufferers from migraine.
Mr Jack Browne: I have no evidence to suggest that the facilities available are unsuitable, and the method of clinical treatment is a matter for the individual doctor to decide.
Mr Jack Browne: The Interim Report on Radiological Hazards to Patients by the Committee appointed by my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland recommended that children should not be X-rayed by miniature film. This Report was sent to all local health authorities on 5th May, who were advised that hospital authorities had been requested to implement the...
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir. All schoolchildren in the 13–14 age bracket are offered a tuberculin test, and 75 per cent. accept the offer. Not all schoolchildren, of course, accept the offer of miniature mass radiography and it is up to us to try to get more to accept this offer. Of the 75 per cent. who accept, three-quarters are found to be tuberculin negative and receive B.C.G. vaccination. The other...
Mr Jack Browne: Three Smoke Control Area Orders under the Clean Air Act, 1956, have been confirmed for areas in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. Preliminary proposals for four more smoke control areas have been approved in principle, and other proposals are known to be under consideration by local authorities.
Mr Jack Browne: I agree with the hon. Member. After consultation with the Clean Air Council for Scotland, I am about to write to local authorities in the central belt of Scotland urging them to make more use of their power.
Mr Jack Browne: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. That is a point on which I have already taken some action.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is in consultation with my noble Friend the Minister of Power about the National Coal Board's proposal to develop a new colliery at Bearsden, and he hopes that it will be possible to intimate a decision at an early date.
Mr Jack Browne: There are two points. I agree that it has taken a long time to reach a decision but complicated considerations have been raised. As regards holding up development, the hon. Gentleman will know, and the Glasgow Corporation knows, that it would be necessary for the Corporation to amend its development plan and we should then have to consider any objections that might be raised to its proposals.
Mr Jack Browne: I cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is a shocking scandal to consider the Bearsden-Summerston scheme.
Mr Jack Browne: The total subsidy paid between 1951 and 1958 in respect of houses completed during that period was approximately £32 million.
Mr Jack Browne: Immediately the Scottish Food Hygiene Regulations become fully operative my right hon. Friend intends to seek the advice of the Scottish Food Hygiene Council on the question of making an Order under Section 14.
Mr Jack Browne: I agree with the hon. Gentleman about the need for urgency, but the Scottish Food Hygiene Regulations are not yet fully operative.
Mr Jack Browne: The admission of patients is arranged by the physician superintendents of the institutions. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that they are guided by the best interests of the patients and, so far as resources permit, take full account of the matters to which the Questions refer. There have been no transfers between Caldwell House and Woodlands in the last five years, but my right hon. Friend...
Mr Jack Browne: We would, of course, try to ensure that that was done as far as possible. There may be considerations about the mental and physical condition of the patient. If, however, the hon. and learned Member has any particular case in mind, I will be most willing to look into it.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend has already written to regional hospital boards. There will shortly be discussion with the medical profession and a circular to local authorities on relevant recommendations.
Mr Jack Browne: The hon. Lady raises points of which my right hon. Friend is well aware and which will be urgently attended to.
Mr Jack Browne: More than half of the increase was due to increases in salaries and wages and in prices between 1957 and 1958. Improvements in the service and changes in accounting practice account for the rest of the difference.