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Lord Chesham: We are aware of Mr. Brent Stirling's case. Mr. Stirling was visited by Consular staff on 28th May. After careful consideration and discussions with Consular staff, Mr. Stirling has decided to withdraw from the appeals process. Our Embassy in Bangkok have arranged for a letter signed by Mr. Stirling to be sent by recorded delivery to the courts advising them of his withdrawal.
Lord Chesham: Detailed discussions are progressing with Crown Agents Board on the transfer of Crown Agents to an independent foundation. Once these are complete, a paper setting out the proposed arrangements will be made available to both Houses of Parliament. The Government expect the transfer to take place later this year.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): My Lords, the Government intend to review the Code of Practice for Traders on Price Indications in its entirety, including that part which is concerned with service charges, and to revise it as appropriate in the light of consultations with all interested parties.
Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The application of the habitual residence test is monitored by reference to the number of claimants who pass or fail the test. It is not practicable for the Independent Tribunal Service separately to identify habitual residence test appeals within the generality of appeal cases.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The consultation paper Wheelclamping on Private Land was published on 23rd February 1993, with a request for responses by 31st May 1993. The consultation exercise produced a great deal of useful information but no consensus as to a solution. We are considering what action, if any, should be taken to regulate this activity.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The report will be issued shortly. The Patient's Charter standards state that except in emergencies patients have a right to be told before they enter hospital whether or not it is planned to care for them in a single sex ward. If their preference is for single sex accommodation, this will be respected wherever possible. In all cases, patients can expect single sex washing and toilet facilities. The report will summarise performance relating to these standards in the hospitals surveyed.
The Effectiveness Review Task Force report, published on 1st May, found that residential rehabilitation programmes can confer benefits on both drug misusers and the wider community. The report, a copy of which is available in the Library, has made recommendations for developing these programmes. The department will be issuing guidance based on this report to health and local authorities later this summer.
Baroness Cumberlege: Health authorities are allocated ring-fenced funds for locally targeted prevention and education initiatives to help curb the spread of HIV. In carrying out their needs assessment, health authorities are expected to liaise with other agencies in their areas, including those working with people in custody or care of the criminal justice services, to help identify local priorities for HIV health promotion work. District HIV Prevention Co-ordinators, or their equivalents, are the focal point for applications for funding prison HIV health promotion work, recognising that it is for health authorities to determine how to spend the funds available.
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