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many of the violent incidents against NHS trust staff in 1998-99 led to (a) prosecution and (b) conviction. 
Mr. Denham: The information requested is not held centrally. The cross-Government National Health Service zero tolerance zone campaign, to stamp out violence against staff working in the National Health Service, has been strongly supported by my right hon. Friends the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor and the Attorney-General. The campaign makes clearer that employers need to work with the police, magistrates and the Crown Prosecution Service in order to apply a zero tolerance on violence against staff.
At the launch of the campaign last year, the Lord Chancellor said it was entirely legitimate for magistrates to respond decisively to a particular form of criminal behaviour, such as assaults on National Health Service staff, and to impose sentences which have deterrent components. New national sentencing guidelines issued to the Magistrates Courts in September underline our commitment to tackle violence against National Health Service staff. The guidelines now include as aggravating factors, to be taken into account when sentencing, whether the offence occurred in hospital or medical premises and whether the victim was serving the public.
Mr. Denham: At the present time there are no formal proposals to merge the Harrogate Health Care National Health Service Trust and the York Health Services NHS Trust. Discussions between the North Yorkshire Health Authority and the trusts are ongoing concerning the future configuration of acute services. Should any proposals to change management structures come out of these discussions, they will be the subject of formal consultation.
Mr. Hutton: The National Service Framework for Older People, which is to be introduced from April 2001, will help to ensure that the health and social care needs of older people from all backgrounds are properly addressed.
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Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 November 2000]: At 30 June this year (latest available figures) there were 3,713 patients who had been waiting 13 weeks or over for an appointment in West Surrey Health Authority following referral by a general practitioner.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 9 November 2000, Official Report, column 379W, on hospital mortuaries, if he will list NHS pathology service sites where all or part of the site fails to meet necessary minimum standards. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 15 November 2000]: With the exception of cervical cytology screening laboratories, accreditation of National Health Service laboratories is voluntary and carried out by Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) UK Ltd. Laboratories accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) UK Ltd. are listed on the company's website at www.cpa-uk.co.uk. I have placed a copy of this information in the Library.
Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the shipyards in the United Kingdom which are capable of building ships of the size of the future generation of aircraft carriers. 
I am replying to your question to the Secretary of State for Defence asking if he will list the shipyards in the United Kingdom which are capable of building ships of the size of the future generation of aircraft carriers. This matter falls within my area of responsibility as Chief of Defence Procurement and Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency.
The competing Prime Contractors for the future aircraft carrier--BAE Systems and Thomson Naval Systems--have identified a number of UK shipyards with the potential capacity to participate in the build of the vessels. These include Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Swan Hunter on Tyneside, Cammell Laird at Birkenhead and the BAE Systems' yards at Govan and Barrow. Much will depend on the carrier design that is taken forward and the method of construction; consequently, other UK yard options have not been ruled out. Some of the yards identified by the Prime Contractors face potential build limitations or have access restrictions that could prevent whole-ship construction.
We do not plan to award a contract for the build of CVF until 2004 and no decisions are planned at this stage on yard selection. Ongoing assessment work will include a thorough review of all UK facilities and will address yard suitability, construction/access limitations and the overall cost-effectiveness of potential build strategies.
I hope this explains the position.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 30 October 2000, Official Report, column 271W, on Eurocorps, if he will identify by (a) rank and (b) role the augmentees supplied by the United Kingdom to Eurocorps in Kosovo. 
|NATO rank||UK rank||Role|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||Military Assistant to Commander KFOR|
|OF-6||Brigadier||Chief Joint Implementation Commission (JIC)|
|OR-5||Sergeant||Driver to Chief JIC|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||JIC Liaison Officer to the Kosovo Protection Corps|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||Chief Staff Officer Operations JIC|
|OR-7||Staff Sergeant||Administrative Supervisor JIC|
|OR-4||Wren Writer||Administrative Clerk Public Information Staff|
|OF-2/3||Flight Lieutenant||Staff Officer (SO) Media Operations|
|OF-2/3||Major||Escort Officer Joint Visitors Bureau|
|OR-5||Sergeant||Administrative Assistant Coordination Office|
|OF-3||Lieutenant Colonel||SO Information Operations Civil/Military Cooperation|
|OR-6/7||Staff Sergeant||Staff Assistant (SA) Intelligence|
|OF-2/3||Flight Lieutenant||SO Intelligence|
|OR-6||Staff Sergeant||SA Intelligence|
|OR-7/8||Staff Sergeant||SA Intelligence|
|OR-2/3||Lance Corporal||Intelligence Analyst|
|OF-3/4||Major||Commander Intelligence Detachment|
|OF-5||Group Captain||Chief Air Operations|
|OR-6/7||Flight Sergeant||SA Helicopter Operations|
|OR-7/8||Flight Sergeant||Air Traffic Controller|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||Chief Operations Cell Ground Liaison Vicenza|
|OF-4||Wing Commander||Chief Air Operations Control Centre|
|OF-3/4||Lieutenant Colonel||SO Campaign Plans|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||SO Civil/Military Cooperation Plans|
|OR-7||Staff Sergeant||Administrative Supervisor Engineer Branch|
|OR-2||Private||Clerk/Driver Engineer Branch|
|OF-3/4||Major||SO Infrastructure Plans|
|OF-3||Lieutenant Commander||SO Liaison with United Nations Mission in Kosovo|
|OF-3||Major||SO Civil/Military Cooperations Plans|
|OF-3||Major||Personnel Planning Officer|
|OF-3||Squadron Leader||Movement Planning Officer|
|OR-4/5||Corporal||Administrative Assistant Transport Company|
|OR-7||Staff Sergeant||Communications System Administrator|
|OR-6/7||Lance Corporal||Communications System Administrator|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||Chief Theatre Contracting Office|
|OR-3/4||Civilian||Customs Administration Clerk|
|OR-8||Warrant Officer||Deputy Site Sergeant Major|
|OR-3||Leading Regulator||Military Policeman|
|OF-7||Air Vice Marshal||Commander Rear and Communication Zone|
|OF-4||Lieutenant Colonel||Military Assistant to Commander Rear|
|OR-6||Sergeant||Administrative Assistant to Commander Rear|
|OR-2||Leading Aircraftman||Driver to Commander Rear|
|OF-3||Lieutenant Commander||SO Coordinator Joint Visitors Bureau (Rear)|
|OR-6||Petty Officer Writer||Administrative Assistant Legal Branch|
|OF-3/4||Lieutenant Colonel||Chief Personnel (Rear)|
|OR-7/8||Warrant Officer 2||SA Ranges|
|OR-7/8||Sergeant||NCO/Driver Real Estate Mobile Team|
|OR-6||Sergeant||Clerk/Driver Joint Logistic Centre|
|OR-3/4||Leading Wren Writer||Administrative Clerk Billeting|
|OR-5/6||Sergeant||SA Power Troop|
|OR-5/6||Petty Officer||Electrical Engineer|
|OR-6||Sergeant||Alternate Cryptographic Custodian|
|OR-5||Sergeant||Administrative Assistant Communication Zone South|
|OF-4/5||Lieutenant Colonel||Deputy Commander Communication Zone South|
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