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The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): On the basis of the figures put to us by the authorities, and taking into account each authority's overall financial situation, the impact on services of budgets at their original caps would not have been as constraining in Gloucestershire, as in Somerset, especially in respect of school budgets.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): For preserved rights cases, fees are a matter between the homeowner and the resident, or their representative. The aim of the Income Support limits is to help residents meet reasonable charges for their care. The aim could not be to meet all fees however high they may be set.
In cases where the local authority is not permitted to provide funding, the local authority, in collaboration with the health authority, will be able to help nursing home residents who face eviction or home closure with advice and guidance to help them to find alternative accommodation.
|Date||Bill||House of Lords: rising time||House of Commons: beginning of adjournment debate||Difference|
|Thursday 12 January||Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill [HL]-Committee||10.20 p.m.||7.34 p.m.||+2 hr 46 min|
|Monday 16 January||Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill [HL]-Committee||11.35 p.m.||10.16 p.m.||+1 hr 19 min|
|Tuesday 17 January||Environment Bill [HL]-Committee||10.08 p.m.||10.17 p.m.||0 hr 9 min|
|Thursday 19 January||Environment Bill [HL]-Committee||10.11 p.m.||6.49 p.m.||+3 hr 22 min|
|Wednesday 25 January||Human Rights Bill [HL]-Committee||10.36 p.m.||9.04 p.m.||+1 hr 32 min|
|Tuesday 31 January||Environment Bill [HL]-Committee||1.05 a.m.||11.57 p.m.||+1 hr 8 min|
|Thursday 2 February||Environment Bill [HL]-Committee||10.53 p.m.||10.00 p.m.||+0 hr 53 min|
|Tuesday 7 February||Pensions Bill [HL]-Committee||10.12 p.m.||10.29 p.m.||0 hr 17 min|
|Thursday 9 February||Environment Bill [HL]-Committee||11.10 p.m.||10.00 p.m.||+1 hr 10 min|
|Monday 13 February||Pensions Bill [HL]-Committee||11.01 p.m.||10.17 p.m.||+0 hr 44 min|
|Tuesday 14 February||Environment Bill [HL]-Committee||10.07 p.m.||10.39 p.m.||0 hr 32 min|
|Thursday 16 February||Pensions Bill [HL]-Committee||10.29 p.m.||10.00 p.m.||+0 hr 29 min|
|Monday 20 February||Pensions Bill [HL]-Committee||10.31 p.m.||10.29 p.m.||+0 hr 2 min|
|Thursday 2 March||Environment Bill [HL]-Report||12 midnight||10.00 p.m.||+2 hr 0 min|
|Tuesday 7 March||Environment Bill [HL]-Report||12.05 a.m.||10.14 p.m.||+1 hr 51 min|
|Thursday 9 March||Environment Bill [HL]-Report||11.57 p.m.||7.47 p.m.||+4 hr 10 min|
|Monday 13 March||Pensions Bill [HL]-Report||12.23 a.m.||10.41 p.m.||+1 hr 42 min|
|Tuesday 14 March||Pensions Bill [HL]-Report||10.45 p.m.||11.52 p.m.||1 hr 7 min|
|Thursday 20 April||Jobseekers Bill-Committee||11.01 p.m.||7.50 p.m.||+3 hr 11 min|
|Tuesday 25 April||Jobseekers Bill-Committee||11.36 p.m.||10.23 p.m.||+1 hr 13 min|
|Thursday 11 May||Jobseekers Bill-Committee on re-commitment||10.55 p.m.||8.24 p.m.||+2 hr 31 min|
|Monday 15 May||Jobseekers Bill-Report||10.29 p.m.||11.12 p.m.||0 hr 43 min|
|Tuesday 16 May||Jobseekers Bill-Report||12.10 a.m.||7.41 p.m.||+4 hr 29 min|
|Monday 22 May||Home Energy Conservation Bill-Committee||10.32 p.m.||9.09 p.m.||+1 hr 23 min|
|Tuesday 13 June||Disability Discrimination Bill-Committee||12.28 a.m.||10.16 p.m.||+2 hr 12 min|
|Thursday 15 June||Disability Discrimination Bill-Committee||1.25 a.m.||7.14 p.m.||+6 hr 11 min|
|Monday 19 June||Child Support Bill-Committee||12.12 a.m.||10.13 p.m.||+1 hr 59 min|
|Tuesday 20 June||Child Support Bill-Committee||10.56 p.m||9.58 p.m.||+0 hr 58 min|
|Wednesday 21 June||Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Bill-Committee||10.42 p.m.||10.03 p.m.||+0 hr 39 min|
|Thursday 22 June||Gas Bill-Committee||10.23 p.m.||7.19 p.m.||+3 hr 4 min|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): The decision to convene a Board of Inquiry is a matter for the chain of command as laid down in the appropriate Queen's Regulations for each Service. There are no plans to change these procedures. Information on the average length of time between a serious accident occurring and the convening of a Board of Inquiry could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Lord Henley: The decision to hold an inquest is a matter for Her Majesty's Coroner, over whom my department has no control. Information of the nature requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Lord Henley: Service personnel have the same compensation rights against their employer as have civilians. As in civilian life, accidents at work would not necessarily generate a payment of compensation. The time between making a claim (which may be up to three years after the accident) and payment of any compensation varies from a few months in the simplest cases to several years in others. Where the seriousness of the injury precludes early settlement (because for example of continuing medical treatment) an interim payment may be made if liability is not in dispute. There is no evidence to suggest that my department is any slower to pay compensation than is the case with claims against employers in civil life.
Lord Henley: It is my department's policy to inform the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces who are killed or injured in the course of their duty as quickly and as fully as possible of the undisputed facts. Since December 1992, in recognition of the special position of next of kin, Service board of inquiry reports have been made available to the next of kin of deceased Service personnel, or to the individual in cases of serious permanent injury should they so request, subject only to the essential minimum of security requirements.
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