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When they will be able to introduce the primary legislation which is necessary before setting up pilot studies for dental purchaser/provider schemes as promised in the Minister's statement of 5th April 1995 (H. C. Deb., cols. 121415).
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The package of reforms my honourable friend the Minister for Health announced in another place on 5 April (at cols. 121415 of Commons Hansard) reaffirmed the Government's aim to introduce a system of local contracts between health authorities and dental practices similar to that which operates elsewhere in the health service. Such a system will need careful piloting and evaluation before a decision is taken on nationwide introduction.
The Government will seek an early opportunity to introduce the primary legislation necessary for pilot projects. Meanwhile, the views of all interested parties will be taken into account in the development of such projects. The composition of any project steering groups or expert advisory panels will be determined once the legislation is in place.
Baroness Cumberlege: There is no precise method for measuring the impact that changing medical technology will have on National Health Service expenditure over time. In assessing future need for resources the Department looks at past trends in unit costs and activity. Where medical advance has a roughly constant effect from year to year this will be reflected in the projection of
Baroness Cumberlege: The Renaissance Maritime Charitable Trust has written to the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Health. I understand that it has also met with a Home Office Minister. Despite its laudable aims the trust has been informed that the Government could not endorse the scheme in its present form because it is inconsistent with some features of the 1995 National Standards for the Supervision of Offenders in the Community.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): The unmanned aerial vehicles are US national assets and their command arrangements are therefore a matter for the US Government.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): A range of services and assistance are provided to women experiencing domestic violence. In 199495, in the crucial area of the provision of safe accommodation, over £10 million has been provided by the Government, including £3 million in revenue support, for 1,800 bed spaces in women's refuges and additional capital of £5.8 million to develop further schemes through the Housing Corporation. £151,000 is also being provided in core funding to Women's Aid Federation (England) to provide various support services. £140,000 has been provided over three years towards the enhancement of their national telephone help line and £55,000 to fund a national housing co-ordinator.
Scottish Women's Aid is receiving £180,000, and Welsh Women's Aid £249,000 plus £455,000 to be made available for individual projects. £82,000 was provided to Northern Ireland Women's Aid in 199495. Further support is provided by Victim Support which received £10 million in funding in 199495 and assists victims of domestic violence through such schemes as the Crown Court Witness Service by providing advice and emotional support to witnesses attending the Crown Court.
Baroness Blatch: On 16 June 1995 a total of 107 women were serving life sentences for murder. The sentences of four of these women relate to domestic violence, of whom three are awaiting an appeal. It is not known whether the remaining 103 women sentenced for murder have suffered domestic violence.
Baroness Blatch: Mr. Yilmaz is still being held at HM Prison Belmarsh. Papers received from the German authorities have been in support of their request for Mr. Yilmaz's extradition and have been served on Mr. Yilmaz. Since this case concerns possible extradition to Germany, by virtue of the European Convention on Extradition Law 1990, the prima facie case requirement does not apply. In considering whether to commit Mr. Yilmaz, though, the court of committal will be concerned as to whether the offences in the authority to proceed, signed by the Home Secretary on 2 December 1994, are extraditable crimes and whether Mr. Yilmaz's committal is permitted by the Extradition Act 1989.
Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the director general from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking what proportion of (a) the average daily population of sentenced prisoners and (b) the average daily population of prisoners sentenced to six months or less was accounted for by fine defaulters in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
|Percentage of average sentenced population||1.5 per cent.||1.2 per cent.|
|Percentage of average sentenced population sentenced up to six months||12.6 per cent.||9.9 per cent.|
(1)Sentenced population includes fine defaulters but excludes sentenced prisoners held in police cells.