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Samar Alami

Sir Peter Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons Samar Alami was returned to HM Prison Durham from HM Prison Holloway before she had been able to use all her accumulated visiting time; why this return was made without (a) warning and (b) explanation; and if he will make a statement. [120678]

Mr. Boateng: Samar Alami was returned to Durham prison two days early, before she had completed her accumulated visits, as a result of an administrative error. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused. Ms Alami will be credited with her unused visits and will receive an apology.

Schengen Information System

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 12 April 2000, Official Report, column 236W, concerning the Schengen information system, which treaty, article or protocol provides the EU treaty base for the system. [120742]

Mrs. Roche: The Schengen Information System has not been allocated any specific legal base, and is accordingly deemed to be based on Title VI of the Treaty on European Union, in accordance with Article 2(1), fourth sub-paragraph, of the Schengen Protocol (Protocol No. 2 annexed to the European Communities Treaty and the Treaty on European Union).

General Pinochet

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute a review of his decision that General Pinochet was unfit to stand trial in this country following subsequent medical evidence; and if he will make a statement. [120546]

Mr. Straw: I am not aware of any subsequent medical evidence which would call my decision in this case into question.

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Prisoners (Average Wages)

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average wage for prisoners who were (a) unemployed, (b) on the basic level of regime, (c) on the standard level of regime and (d) on the enhanced level of regime, in the latest year for which figures are available. [120689]

Mr. Boateng: Above prescribed minimum rates, levels of prisoner pay are set at governor's discretion and will vary depending upon the type of work offered and the regime in place. At present, establishments do not provide headquarters with the information required to answer this question. The multi-faceted nature of regimes in the Prison Service estate means that the collation of these statistics would entail expense beyond acceptable levels.


Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the operation of the confidentiality agreement between his Department and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in relation to offences committed under the Protection of Animals Act 1911. [117710]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [pursuant to his reply, 6 April 2000, c. 601-02W]: The word 'enforcing' was inadvertently substituted for the word 'entering' in the final paragraph. The final paragraph should read:


Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

Mr. Steen: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in how many cases the recommendations of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration were not implemented by the relevant Government Departments in each of the last five years. [120346]

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Marjorie Mowlam: The Government normally accept, and implement, the Parliamentary Ombudsman's recommendations in full. I am not aware of any cases over the past five years where a recommendation made by the Ombudsman has not been implemented by the Department concerned.


Social Housing (Digital TV)

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold meetings with the local government associations and the Housing Corporation to ensure that communal aerials in social housing are upgraded to enable the tenants to purchase and use digital television and receive an adequate digital signal. [118965]

Janet Anderson: The Government recognise the difficulties which those who rely on shared aerial systems may face in receiving digital transmissions. The ITC, the BBC and the digital broadcasters all provide free advice about the technical solutions available and a number of local authorities have already agreed technical solutions with the digital broadcasters. However, I am arranging to meet representatives of the LGA and the Housing Corporation to draw their attention to this issue, and I will write to my hon. Friend to let him know the outcome of that meeting.

Parliamentary Question

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will reply to the question tabled on 7 March by the hon. Member for Westbury concerning the capacity of a venue suitable for staging the World Athletics Championships (ref. 114146). [119044]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 14 April 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 2 May 2000, Official Report, column 16W.


Depression (Teenagers)

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness of general practitioners of best practice in treating teenagers affected by depression. [119668]

Mr. Hutton: This year £5 million from the National Health Service Modernisation Fund has been allocated to health authorities in order to improve child and adolescent mental health provision at the primary care level.

In addition to maintaining awareness of mental health developments through extensive vocational training and professional development throughout their careers, general practitioners are closely involved in the mental health priorities set out in "Our Healthier Nation", National Priorities Guidance, and the National Service Framework on Mental Health which together underline our commitment to mental health and the role of GPs in its treatment.

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Private Management Contracts

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private management contracts have been awarded within the NHS since May 1997; and if he will list the value of the contracts by NHS region. [118862]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 20 April 2000]: The information requested is shown in the table. It relates to schemes approved since May 1997 under the private finance initiative which have reached financial close with capital values over £1 million.

RegionNumber of schemes reached financial closeCapital value (£ million)
Northern and Yorkshire12416.54
South East9182.24
South West6117.81
West Midlands5181.10
North West589.20

Health Records

Mr. Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision exists for NHS patients to dispute factual inaccuracies in their health records. [120745]

Ms Stuart: Under the Data Protection Act 1998 patients have a right to know what is in their health records. If a patient believes that information recorded about them is inaccurate they have a legal right under the Act to request that the inaccurate information is amended or deleted.

Genetically Modified Crops

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 8 March 2000, Official Report, column 744W, on genetically modified crops, if he will list the antibiotics to which marker genes used in the production of genetically modified animal feed convey resistance and the medical uses of those antibiotics. [120723]

Ms Stuart: The antibiotic resistance marker genes in question are among those detailed in the reply given to my hon. Friend on 8 March 2000, Official Report, column 744W, to which she refers. Not all of these marker genes have been used in products capable of use for animal feed. Those which have are listed in the table:

Kan (nptII or neo)Amnioglycoside antibiotics including kanamycin and neomycin
Strep/spec (or aad)Streptomycin and spectinomycin
Amp (or bla)Narrow spectrum lactam antibiotics such as ampicillin and amoxycillin

The medical use of these antibiotics is as given in the previous reply.

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