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Part X
Attendances
Fee £

43.

Attending (except in connection with trade and investment enquiries) for each hour or part hour. The time taken will include reasonable travelling time from the consular premises and return or out of office hours to the consular or other premises and return —

(a)

at the consular premises or elsewhere during office hours except when attending to supervise an examination for two or more persons sitting examinations at the same time when the fee may be apportioned between them

121.00

(b)

at the consular premises or elsewhere outside office hours

121.00

up to a maximum in any 24 hour period for each consular officer of

870.00


Part XI
Matters Relating to Legal Proceedings
Fee £

44.

Presiding at the taking of evidence under a commission or order from a Court, including any action by the consular officer as examiner —

(a)

for up to two hours on the first day

241.00

(b)

for each additional hour or part hour

121.00

45.

Providing evidence of service or attempted service (in addition to fee 43 or 46)

121.00

46.

Providing the services of a consular officer or consular employee —

(a)

to assist the consular officer in the taking of evidence under a commission or order from a Court, for each such person —

for each hour or part hour

121.00

(b)

to affect or endeavour to affect service of a document, for each hour or part hour outside the consular premises —

during office hours

121.00

outside office hours

151.00

47.

Forwarding a request to a local authority for the taking of evidence or the service of a document, where necessary, certifying the accuracy of a translation accompanying the document

121.00


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Part XII
Repatriation and Financial Assistance
Fee £

48.

Arranging the repatriation of a person or members of the same family travelling together

121.00

49.

Arranging for currency to be made available against the deposit of funds with Her Majesty's Government by any means (in addition to fee 43 where payable)

61.00


Part XIII
Shipping, Seamen and Related Matters
Fee £

50.

Granting or considering whether to grant a provisional certificate of registry, whether the owner is a private individual or body corporate

352.00

51.

Receiving a return of the birth or death of any person on board a ship and endorsing the agreement with the crew accordingly

51.00

52.

Examining or arranging for the examination of provisions or water, payable by the party who proves to be in default (in addition to any cost of a survey)

51.00

53.

Noting a marine protest and furnishing one certified copy if required and for each further copy

42.00

54.

Extending a marine protest, filing the original and furnishing one certified copy is required (in addition to fee 1 and 2 where applicable) —

(a)

for up to 200 words, excluding the declaratory clause

101.00

(b)

for every subsequent 100 words or less

42.00

55.

Making a request, or issuing or arranging for the issue of a document, in connection with a survey of a ship (in addition to fee 7 where applicable) —

(a)

for the purposes of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) or of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 as modified by its Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL)

67.00

(b)

for any other purpose

121.00

56.

Issuing a bill of health

42.00

57.

Preparing or signing, or both, any document, whether required by the Merchant Shipping Acts or by the local authorities, relating to the master or the members of the crew of a ship, to their numbers, names or other details, or to their engagement, discharge, desertion or death (except where fee 51 is taken in addition to fee 43, or a death inquiry is held under section 271 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995((k)))

67.00

58.

Signing and, if required, sealing any documents at the request of the master of the ship (except where this is required under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, or fee 57 is taken)

67.00

59.

Inspecting —

(a)

a ship's papers when required to enable a consular officer to do any matter or thing in respect of a ship (except where fee 57 is taken in addition to fee 43)

50.00

(b)

the marking of a ship, irrespective of the number of visits (in addition to fee 43)

50.00

((k)) 1995 c.21.

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Justice

Prison Drug Treatment

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Mr. David Hanson): The Government are committed to improving prison drug treatment. Effective prison drug treatment lies at the heart of reducing re-offending; reducing the harm to individuals, their families and the wider community caused by drug misuse; and in helping offenders to lead law-abiding, productive lives upon release.

I am today with the Minister of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, South (Dawn Primarolo), and the Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Bury, South (Mr. Lewis), announcing additional Department of Health (DH) funding for prison clinical drug treatment. £12.7 million was invested in 2007-08, this will rise to £24.4 million (actual) in 2008-09, £39 million (indicative) in 2009-10 and £43 million (indicative) in 2010-11. This additional funding, further developing the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) in prisons, is aimed at improving the volume and quality of drug treatment with a particular emphasis on the first 28 days in custody and better integration with the community services to which most drug-misusing prisoners will return.

We are also pleased to announce that a national prison drug treatment review group will be established to oversee the continued development of prison drug treatment, informed by recommendations arising from a review of prison drug treatment funding conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) last year.

We are pleased that Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel from the university of Central Lancashire has agreed to chair this group which will consider the PwC recommendations in more detail, agree a single set of priorities and compile national guidance around the streamlining of the commissioning, delivery, funding and performance management of drug treatment for offenders. Lord Patel has made an important contribution both in his role as chairman on the Mental Health Commission and as a non-executive director on the board of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.

Considerable progress has already been made—funding for prison treatment has increased year on year (up 1008 per cent. since 1996-97), prison drug treatment services have developed rapidly in the past few years with record numbers engaged in treatment. However at the same time, delivery systems had become increasingly complex. In May 2007 the Secretary of State for Health and the then Home Secretary requested an urgent review of the use of existing resources for drug treatment in prisons. The objective of the review was to explore how existing resources could be used more effectively to ensure that that prison drug treatment services reduced re-offending and met the treatment needs for prisoners throughout their time in custody and in preparation for their release.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was appointed to undertake the review and their report was received in December 2007. The PwC report acknowledged the considerable investment in prison-based drug services over the last 10 years which had lead to major
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improvements, with many examples of excellent practice. But the report also identified the lack of a clear inter-departmental strategy; fragmented organisational arrangements for funding, commissioning, performance management and delivery of services; the lack of a clear evidence base for some services currently offered; and inefficiencies and gaps in services. The report recommended eight steps which should now be taken to build upon and improve the delivery of drug services to offenders in prison and to extract better value from the considerable resources invested.

The principal recommendation is to set up a national offender drug strategy group to commission a series of projects that would:

Copies of the executive summary of the PwC report, “Review of Prison-Based Drug Treatment Funding, December 2007” have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.

Work and Pensions

Health of the Working Age Population

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (James Purnell): My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and I have today received Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain’s working age population, “Working for a Healthier Tomorrow”, commissioned by our Departments last year.

The report sets out the impact of working age ill-health and the scale of the challenge ahead of us. Ill-health among working age people impacts on many of our key priorities, such as eradicating child poverty, achieving full employment, tackling health inequalities and creating a strong and successful economy. While we have done much across government on this agenda over the past few years, there is clearly more still to do. This is the focus of today’s review.

The Government welcome the review and will consider Dame Carol’s findings carefully. Over the coming months we will study her recommendations closely and will develop detailed proposals to make a real difference. This work will support our wider challenge of ensuring that the NHS becomes more than just a treatment service for patients who are ill, but helps to keep people healthy and prevent ill-health from occurring too.


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While it will take some time to develop this package of measures, I can today set out the immediate steps we are taking to ensure that 2008 marks a step change in the way we approach the health of the working age population.

Dame Carol has flagged up that employee access to occupational health is often poor and there needs to be increased support for smaller employers. We can today announce that we are taking a next small step to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). An £11 million capital fund is being established to allow us to set up six new NHS Plus demonstration sites to look at innovative ways of supporting SMEs with occupational health services, adding to the five demonstration sites we established last year.

Meanwhile, we recognise that early intervention is crucial to helping people with health conditions stay in work and preventing milder health conditions from worsening. Therefore we will also be looking at the best way of exploring Dame Carol’s suggestion of a “Fit for Work” service for people in the early stages of sickness absence. Any such pilot will be evaluated to assess the benefits to individuals and businesses and the level of potential savings which could support the costs. There may also be the opportunity for employers to contribute to such a service if it were found to be effective.

We are also committed to improving the support for those people who do fall out of work on to benefits. The new employment and support allowance and the significant investment we are making in Pathways to Work will help many new benefit recipients to return to work and fulfil their potential. I am also committed to helping those people who are currently on incapacity benefit. While they can already volunteer for the support available through Pathways, it is my ambition that, over time and as resources permit, we transfer everyone on incapacity benefit to the employment and support allowance. We will also look to apply a more active approach to existing incapacity benefit claimants as well as new ones, starting with those under 25. We will explore using a new funding mechanism to reward private and voluntary sector specialist providers for investing in helping long-term incapacity benefits claimants to return to work.


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