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Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the private and personal records of (a) Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Tapper and (b) Flight Lieutenant Richard Cook have been included in the transfer of records to Bourne Avenue, Hayes following the privatisation of the Ministry of Defence Records Office. 
Mr. Caplin: The personal files of Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Tapper and Flight Lieutenant Richard Cook have not been transferred to the TNT managed archives at Hayes. They are held by the RAF Personnel Management Agency.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 1 November 2004, Official Report, column 107W, to my right hon. Friend for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes).
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(2) how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Department between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004; and when each appeal was lodged. 
Mr. Ingram: BAE Systems and Thales work together on many Ministry of Defence contracts, including CVF. The Department's overall assessment is that their joint working on those contracts is constructive and professional.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to ensure that acute hospital beds are not used for patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital. 
Angela Smith: I have set a number of targets this year to reduce the number of delayed discharges from hospital of patients who are medically fit, in particular that the number of delayed discharge days is reduced by 10 per cent. compared to 200304 levels.
My Department is taking forward a Regional Emergency Pressures Programme during 200405 which aims to streamline the processes relating to emergency patient flows in all hospitals by taking action under three broad headings: alternatives to hospital admission; streamlining in-hospital processes; and discharge issues.
As part of this Programme, a number of compulsory actions have been identified for all Trusts to take forward, including a requirement to plan for the discharge of patients much earlier in the process and to ensure, other than in exceptional circumstances, the decision to discharge is taken by 2pm.
An additional £6million non-recurrent funding was allocated to Boards this year to implement their winter plans which include a number of measures to improve the discharge of patients from acute hospitals. My Department has also made an additional £4 million available in 200405 for community care. With that investment, HSS Boards and Trusts have been required to provide services to support an additional 400 people in community settings by 31 March 2005.
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Patients are being diagnosed earlier and are living longer and are therefore being given more courses of chemotherapy. The development of new, more effective but more expensive drugs is also driving up the cost.
As proposed in the Draft Priorities and Budget 200508 document, the Department intends to provide an increase in foster care allowances and the introduction of a salaried foster care scheme, thereby enabling people to become foster carers who are reliant on paid employment, and the set up of a 24 hour/seven days a week support service for foster carers.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funds are available for the provision of community care packages during the remainder of financial year 200405, broken down by health board area. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last two years, giving the (i) title, (ii) purpose, (iii) date and (iv) cost of each. 
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