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UK/Israeli Military Links

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Henley: Our defence links with Israel are kept under constant review, taking account of the wider bilateral relationship, and developments in the Middle East Peace Process. Military contacts which might give support to Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Golan Heights, and Southern Lebanon are avoided.

Counter-Proliferation Initiative

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Henley: As I explained to the House on 9 March, the Counter-proliferation Initiative is a national US initiative. The UK is not directly involved.

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Mental Health Act 1983 s.12(2): Training Package

Lord Mottistone asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the progress in producing a high quality training package for doctors seeking approval under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 as referred to in the Official Report of 9 February 1995, col. WA16.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): We are currently awaiting further proposals from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and expect to receive them shortly.

Patient's Charter

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

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    Whether they believe that the Patient's Charter reflects patients' real priorities, and whether the improvements specified by the charter are adhered to.

Baroness Cumberlege: The contents of the revised and expanded Patient's Charter reflect the results of market research, which indicated that the public wanted the charter to deal inter alia with reduced waiting times, information about dental services and standards on mixed sex wards.

The Health Service Guidelines on implementing the charter standards, copies of which are available in the Library, explain the standards required. Rigorous monitoring of performance is undertaken locally through the contracting mechanism and, for key standards, centrally. Performance has improved consistently since publication of the charter, and the Government anticipate that the National Health Service Performance Tables, to be published on 4 July, will demonstrate further progress.

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