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Written Ministerial Statements

Monday 6 June 2005


Research Ethics Committees

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Jane Kennedy): On 16 November 2004, Official Report, House of Lords, column WS60, my noble Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Lord Warner, announced that he had asked Michael O'Higgins, a managing partner of PA Consulting Group Ltd., to chair a small ad-hoc group of scientists and lay members examining the operation of the research ethics committee system, including the Central Office for National Health Service Research Ethics Committees. The report is published today and its findings and recommendations will now be subject to consultation through the National Patient Safety Agency.

Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.

Rotherham General Hospital NHS Trust

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Mr. Liam Byrne): My noble Friend the Minister of State, Lord Warner, has made the following written ministerial statement today.


Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2005

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Paul Goggins): I am pleased to report that this year's recipients of the Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service were announced on Thursday 2 June.

This prestigious annual award for groups of volunteers has been given this year to 92 groups whose outstanding voluntary activity has enhanced and improved the quality of life and opportunity for others in the community. The Government actively support the work of the voluntary and community sector and are encouraging more people to participate in community
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activity. This award will give some of those people the recognition they richly deserve. The details of the successful groups are as follows.
Activity Description
East Midlands
1Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivorsprovision of counselling and support for adults in Nottinghamshire abused as children
2Talking with Handsenabling children and adults with hearing difficulties to visit the cinema to watch signed and subtitled films
3Grantham and District Talking Newspaper for the Blindproviding weekly news items for the visually impaired in Grantham
4Readycallhelping the elderly in South Derbyshire to maintain independence in their own homes
5Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Advocacy Alliancepromoting the needs and rights of vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire to enhance their quality of life
East of England
6SOS Home Safe and Sound Projectproviding a weekend community bus in Norwich city centre to reduce crime and the fear of crime
7Luton United Football Clubproviding recreational opportunities for young people in Luton with access to football coaching qualifications
8Yarls Wood Befriendersproviding friendship and support to refugees and asylum seekers detained in Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre
9North Lynn Community Centreproviding a community resource to benefit people living in North Lynn
10Magpasoperating an emergency rapid response medical charity in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
11St Clare Hospicecaring for people and their families who are affected by life-threatening illnesses
12FINDproviding friendship and basic essentials to families in Ipswich and surrounding areas to alleviate their serious social problems
13Basildon Pathfinders Blind and Partially Sighted Groupsupporting visually impaired people in Basildon through social interaction, holidays and information
14Dacorum Talking Newspaperproviding visually impaired people in Hertfordshire with access to community information
15Furniture Link (Bedford)recycling furniture and household goods to those in need in Bedfordshire
16Channel Islands Air Searchproviding a rapid response airborne search facility in the waters surrounding the Channel Islands
17The Guernsey Women's Refugeoffering accommodation to women and children in Guernsey seeking respite from physical or domestic abuse
18Community Bereavement Serviceproviding a free and confidential bereavement counselling service to people in Jersey
Isle of Man
19Riding for the Disabled Association, Isle of Manproviding riding and carriage driving opportunities for people in the Isle of Man who have physical learning difficulties
20Muslim Welfare Houseproviding ethnically diverse communities in Islington with educational, social and recreational support
21Islington Chinese Associationproviding a multi-cultural resource centre for Chinese people as well as serving the wider local and national community
22Waltham Forest Asian Seniors' Clubproviding a centre to support the welfare of older Asian people in the community
23Sai School of Harrownurturing children from multi-faith communities in north London through education, social projects and citizenship
24Ebony Steel Band Trustencouraging young people to appreciate their cultural history through arts and music
25Youth Retreat Projectempowering and training disadvantaged young people in north London through workshops and presentations
26The Holly Lodge Centre Volunteersproviding opportunities for people of all abilities and ages to enjoy and learn about the natural environment and history of Richmond Park
27Eritrean Muslim Community Associationadvising on education and welfare together with the provision of recreational and social activities for diverse communities in London
North East
28Escape Family Support Ltdproviding drug and alcohol misusers and their families with support in Northumberland
29Waterhouses Community Associationimproving community needs and the environment in Waterhouses through social, educational and recreational activities
30Ferguson Lane Community Associationproviding companionship and support for vulnerable residents in disadvantaged areas in Newcastle
31St Benedict's Hospice Volunteers in Sunderlandproviding practical support to patients, families and carers to complement palliative care in St Benedict's Hospice
North West
32Barnabussupporting the needs of homeless people and street sex workers in Manchester with food, education and medical facilities
33SAMM (Merseyside)providing emotional support to families and friends in Merseyside bereaved by murder or manslaughter
34Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Teamoperating a mountain search and rescue service in the rural areas of Lancashire
35Brunshaw Action Groupaddressing the needs of communities in Burnley to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour through community cohesion
36Talbot House Support Centregiving practical advice, guidance and support to parents of children with special needs in Manchester
37West View Community Associationenhancing the quality of life for the community in West View through provision of social and educational facilities
38Pakistani Community Centre (Longsight)providing multi-functional social, domestic and leisure services to diverse communities in Longsight.
39Carlisle and District Remapdesign of one-off equipment for disabled people for whom there is no commercially available alternative
40The Aintree Volunteer Schemeassisting with patient experience of hospital attendance in Aintree NHS hospitals
Northern Ireland
41BCM Volunteershelping those most in need in the local community through practical and emotional support
42Aghalee Village Hall Management Committeemanagement of a resource centre for residents from all areas of the community in Aghalee
43Skye Old People's Welfare Committeeproviding transport for elderly people in Skye attending appointments and recreational activities
44Islay and Jura Advice Centreproviding a free and confidential independent advice service to residents and groups in Islay and Jura
45Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band and Highland Dancersdeveloping skills, talent and self-esteem of young people in Ullapool and district and the provision of a community activity
46Ragamuffin's Children's Theatrebringing children and adults together in Torry and Aberdeen through community theatre events and activities
47Caldercruix Youth and Community Development Projectproviding a programme of activities and opportunities for children and young people in Airdrie to increase educational and employment potential
48Beith Playpark Action Groupproviding a recreational facility for children and young people in Beith and raising funds for further development
49BCD Credit-Unionproviding a range of financial and insurance services to residents in Bridgeton, Calton and Dalmarnock
50The Muirfeld Group of Riding for the Disabledoffering riding therapy to disabled people in and around East Lothian
51Dedridge Good Neighbour Networkproviding Livingston New Town with a sense of common identity and support through advice and social activities
52Killin Mountain Rescue Teamlocating climbers and walkers in difficulties in the Killin mountainous area
53The Gladiator Programmedelivering physical activities through play and sports programmes in schools and communities in Greater Easterhouse and across Glasgow
54The Esk Valley Trustencouraging public awareness of the Esk Valley through the creation of community paths
South East
55Volunteer Centre—West Berkshireproviding a volunteer recruitment resource centre and a community transport scheme
56The Lakes Estate Summer Groupserving the needs of Bletchley through social and educational family activities
57The Sourceproviding a centre for young people in Aldershot for mentoring and social activities, reducing anti-social behaviour
58The Heart of Kent Hospicesupporting patients, families and staff in the hospice through physical, emotional, social and spiritual care
59Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Schemelooking after the welfare of juveniles and vulnerable adults in Surrey while in police custody
60The Sussex Snowdrop Trustsupporting families of children in West Sussex diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal illnesses
61CIS'terssupporting women in the UK who have been victims of childhood incest and raising awareness of the situation
62East Surrey Domestic Violence Forumhelping to reduce domestic violence and assisting victims in East Surrey by providing protection, support and advice
63Wallingford Coach for the Disabled (Elizabeth)provision of community transport in Wallingford and district for people with impaired mobility
64Mayfield and Five Ashes Community Carsproviding community transport for residents in Mayfield and Five Ashes attending health related appointments
65Lighthouse Education Projectmeeting the needs of young people in the traveller community in Watersedge through an alternative learning environment
66TALKsupporting people in Surrey with dysphasia difficulties through therapy and communication partnerships
67Christian Care Associationproviding homeless and marginalised people in Chichester and Bognor area of West Sussex with shelter, support and advice
68Kent and Medway Walking Bus Groupsupporting parents, groups and schools in Kent and Medway by the operation of walking buses
69Gatwick Detainees Welfare Groupsupporting detainees at Gatwick Airport through friendship information and discrimination awareness
South West
70Support Against Racist Incidents Charitysupporting victims of racial harassment in Bristol through advice, training and raising community awareness
71Hartcliffe and Withywood Teenage Parents Projectproviding practical, emotional and mentoring support for teenage parents in Bristol and raising awareness through education
72Ford Park Cemetery Trustrestoring, managing and preserving the architectural and historical heritage of Ford Park Cemetery
73West Somerset Disability Associationproviding support, social and educational opportunities for people with physical difficulties living in West Somerset
74Newquay Rowing Clubproviding recreational rowing and a social focal point for adults and young people in Newquay alongside local fundraising
75Codford Youth Group Networkproviding a meeting place for young people in Codford with recreational and sporting facilities
76Gloucestershire Cloud 9organising holiday of a lifetime visits for children in Gloucestershire who have physical or chronic illnesses
77Camborne Community Centremanaging a community resource in Camborne to provide social educational and recreational facilities for local residents
78Rhyl Gateway Clubproviding a meeting place for social, recreational and educational facilities for those with learning difficulties in Rhyl and district
79Eastern Valley Tenants Paneladvising and supporting tenants in Eastern Valley to encourage community involvement
80Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centrepromoting the well-being of the Chinese community in the Swansea area
81Moelfre Community Projectinvolving older people in the Moelfre community through a day care centre, social and educational facilities
West Midlands
82Stafford Samaritanssupporting people in Stafford who are in distress or in life-threatening situations
83Biddulph East Residents Associationpromoting the interests and needs of residents in Biddulph East through community partnerships with agencies and organisations
84Strokes R Ussupporting and advising people in North Staffordshire who have stroke related health difficulties
85South Wye Newsinvolving people in South Wye in a regular and sustainable newspaper profiling issues of local interest
86Newton Farm Community Associationoffering free and confidential sources of information and advice to groups operating within South Wye and to the general public
Yorkshire and the Humber
87Wakefield Hospiceproviding family support and palliative care to patients in Wakefield Hospice alongside fundraising for amenities
88Young Leaders in the Communityrecruiting and training young people in Sheffield helping to support drug abuse groups
89Hookstone Chase Community Associationproviding a centre for the community to participate in social, educational and recreational facilities
90Huddersfield and District University of the Third Ageencouraging active lives in Huddersfield through mental stimulation and recreational activities for retired people and those with physical difficulties
91Caring for Lifeproviding long term support and care to those with mental health, domestic and homeless difficulties in West Yorkshire
92Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association Ltdredressing the poverty and disadvantages faced by the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities in North Kirklees through an innovative range of services.

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