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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The following table lists UK contributions to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) during the period 1993-1995, the last year for which figures are available:
|1993||£7.0 million||£7.5 million|
|1994||£8.5 million||£7.5 million|
|1995||£10.0 million||£10.0 million|
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Birth Control Trust has been employed on occasion by other organisations to assist on government-funded work, but there has been no direct government funding for this organisation.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The Government are aware of much of this research. The fact that some anxiety-relieving drugs may cause a paradoxical increase in hostility and aggression is well known and is set out in the British National Formulary.
Baroness Cumberlege: The national Confidential Inquiry into Suicides and Homicides committed by people with a mental illness, funded by the Department of Health, has been set up to examine in detail the circumstances leading up to and surrounding suicides
Baroness Cumberlege: Proposals for hospital closures are subject to consultation by the local health authority, who should ensure that no person with learning disabilities is discharged from hospital until their needs have been assessed and arrangements made to meet them. These are issues best determined in the light of individual needs and local circumstances. Ministers intervene only where closure is opposed by the Community Health Council and they would then seek to ensure that the proposals will deliver a service at least as good as that provided by the long-stay hospital.
Baroness Cumberlege: Ministers are aware that Dr. Lorna Wing has expressed reservations about the research. These relate primarily to the "gaps" in currently available research identified by the first phase of the evaluation. Dr. Wing's views, along with other comments received, will help to inform the second phase of the evaluation.
Baroness Cumberlege: The Secretary of State for Health announced in another place on 6th June 1996, at col. 509 that the Department of Health has earmarked £25 million for the Special Grant to compensate social services departments for additional expenditure they may incur in support of children in need, as a result of changes or prospective changes to social security benefits for asylum seekers. The Special Grant Report, which was due to be debated on 26th June, had to be withdrawn because of the judgment by the Court of Appeal on the vires of the earlier benefit changes. A revised Special Grant Report will be laid and debated as soon as possible after the Recess.
Baroness Cumberlege: The Council of Europe issued a consultation draft in 1994, on which the Government sought views from the following organisations: Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales, Association of Medical Research Charities, British Association of Occupational Therapists, British In-Vitro Diagnostics Association, BioIndustry Association, British Medical Association, British Pharma Group, British Psychological Society, Bulletin of Medical Ethics, Confederation of British Industry, General Medical Council, General Medical Services Committee, Health Visitors Association, Joint Committee of Professional Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Associations, Joint Consultants Committee, Law Commission, Law Society, Medical Research Council, National Council for Nursing Ethics, Nuffield Council of Bioethics, Patients' Association, Public Health Consultative Committee, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, General Practitioners, Ophthalmologists, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,
Baroness Cumberlege: The Government recognise that without such research, undertaken only with strict safeguards, it is not possible to improve knowledge of the causes of childhood disease or of diseases and disorders causing mental incapacity. The Government support the present draft of Article 17.2.
Whether they accept the conclusions of the report of foetal sentience, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group that the anatomical structures subserving the appreciation of pain "are present and functional before the tenth week of intra-uterine life" and if not, whether they will state what brought them to that conclusion.
Baroness Cumberlege: The Department of Health is considering the written evidence distributed at the recent All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group presentation on foetal sentience.
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