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Hospital Staff Assaults

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 30 October 2000, Official Report, column 242W, on hospital staff assaults, how

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many of the violent incidents against NHS trust staff in 1998-99 led to (a) prosecution and (b) conviction. [137968]

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.

Harrogate and York NHS Trusts

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on proposals to merge Harrogate and York NHS Trusts; and if he will make a statement. [138314]

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.

Elderly People (Ethnic Minorities)

Mr. Singh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the designated time scale and programme for action is to improve the care and health available to older persons in ethnic minorities. [138320]

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.

Guidance on access to social care services to be issued to local councils soon will include advice on addressing the needs of older persons from ethnic minorities.

Out-patient Waiting Times

Mr. St.Aubyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on out-patient waiting times in the West Surrey Health Authority. [137264]

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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.

The health authority and the South East Regional Office of the National Health Service Executive are in close liaison with the three trusts in West Surrey to address this position.

Hospital Mortuaries

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. [138461]

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 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. [136273]

Dr. Moonie: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from David Gould to Mr. William Ross, dated 16 November 2000:

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. [138000]

Mr. Spellar: The 62 posts filled by the United Kingdom in Headquarters Kosovo Force 3 (KFOR3), whose kernel was provided by Headquarters Eurocorps, were as follows:

NATO rankUK rankRole
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelMilitary Assistant to Commander KFOR
OF-6BrigadierChief Joint Implementation Commission (JIC)
OR-5SergeantDriver to Chief JIC
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelJIC Liaison Officer to the Kosovo Protection Corps
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelChief Staff Officer Operations JIC
OR-7Staff SergeantAdministrative Supervisor JIC
OR-4Wren WriterAdministrative Clerk Public Information Staff
OF-2/3Flight LieutenantStaff Officer (SO) Media Operations
OF-2/3MajorEscort Officer Joint Visitors Bureau
OR-5SergeantAdministrative Assistant Coordination Office
OF-3Lieutenant ColonelSO Information Operations Civil/Military Cooperation
OR-6/7Staff SergeantStaff Assistant (SA) Intelligence
OF-2/3Flight LieutenantSO Intelligence
OR-6Staff SergeantSA Intelligence
OR-7/8Staff SergeantSA Intelligence
OR-2/3Lance CorporalIntelligence Analyst
OF-5/6SergeantSA Geographic
OF-3/4MajorCommander Intelligence Detachment
OF-5Group CaptainChief Air Operations
OR-6/7Flight SergeantSA Helicopter Operations
OR-7/8Flight SergeantAir Traffic Controller
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelChief Operations Cell Ground Liaison Vicenza
OF-4Wing CommanderChief Air Operations Control Centre
OF-3/4Lieutenant ColonelSO Campaign Plans
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelSO Civil/Military Cooperation Plans
OF-5ColonelChief Engineer
OR-7Staff SergeantAdministrative Supervisor Engineer Branch
OR-2PrivateClerk/Driver Engineer Branch
OF-3/4MajorSO Infrastructure Plans
OF-3Lieutenant CommanderSO Liaison with United Nations Mission in Kosovo
OF-3MajorSO Civil/Military Cooperations Plans
OF-3MajorPersonnel Planning Officer
OF-3Squadron LeaderMovement Planning Officer
OR-4/5CorporalAdministrative Assistant Transport Company
OR-7Staff SergeantCommunications System Administrator
OR-6/7Lance CorporalCommunications System Administrator
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelChief Theatre Contracting Office
OR-3/4CivilianCustoms Administration Clerk
OR-8Warrant OfficerDeputy Site Sergeant Major
OR-3Leading RegulatorMilitary Policeman
OR-3CorporalMilitary Policeman
OF-7Air Vice MarshalCommander Rear and Communication Zone
OF-4Lieutenant ColonelMilitary Assistant to Commander Rear
OR-6SergeantAdministrative Assistant to Commander Rear
OR-2Leading AircraftmanDriver to Commander Rear
OF-3Lieutenant CommanderSO Coordinator Joint Visitors Bureau (Rear)
OR-6Petty Officer WriterAdministrative Assistant Legal Branch
OF-3/4Lieutenant ColonelChief Personnel (Rear)
OF-2/3CaptainSO Training
OR-7/8Warrant Officer 2SA Ranges
OR-7/8SergeantNCO/Driver Real Estate Mobile Team
OF-3MajorLogistic SO
OF-3MajorProperty Officer
OR-6SergeantClerk/Driver Joint Logistic Centre
OR-3/4Leading Wren WriterAdministrative Clerk Billeting
OR-5/6SergeantSA Power Troop
OR-5/6Petty OfficerElectrical Engineer
OR-3/4CorporalMilitary Policeman
OR-3/4CorporalMilitary Policeman
OR-6SergeantAlternate Cryptographic Custodian
OR-5SergeantAdministrative Assistant Communication Zone South
OF-4/5Lieutenant ColonelDeputy Commander Communication Zone South

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