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Baroness Jay of Paddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Cumberlege: The provisions of the Osteopaths Act 1993 relevant to the appointment of the first chairman of the General Osteopathic Council are as follows. The first chairman is to be appointed under paragraph 48 in Part III (Transitional Provisions) of the schedule to the Act, which requires the appointment to be made by the Privy Council from among the "lay members". In paragraph 45(2), the term "lay member" is defined as a "member designated under this paragraph", that is to say the eight members to be appointed by the Privy Council of whom seven shall be persons who are not registered osteopaths at the time of their appointment (the other is to be a registered medical practitioner, who must not be a registered osteopath). Under paragraph 45(3), during the relevant transitional period, "registered osteopath" is to be read as "a person appearing to the Privy Council to be a practising osteopath".

Mr. Simon Fielding OBE, although professionally qualified as an osteopath, is a non-practising osteopath--due to injuries originally sustained several years ago. In view of this fact and the statutory provisions outlined, he was eligible for appointment as a lay member, and as chairman, of the General Osteopathic Council.

Guinness plc: Inspectors' Report

Lord Spens asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): The inspectors appointed to investigate and report on the affairs and membership of Guinness plc have not yet completed their report.

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Homicides by Previously Convicted Murderers

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many people have died in the United Kingdom at the hands of previously convicted killers since 1963.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): During the period 1963 to date, a total of 87 persons in England and Wales are known to have been killed by persons who had previously been convicted of homicide in England and Wales.

The increase of 12 cases since the reply given to the Question from the noble Lord on 25th May 1995 is accounted for as follows:

    Convictions since May 1995: 5

    New information received about cases from earlier years: 7

Figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are not readily available.

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Closed Circuit Television and Crime Prevention

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their policy on the provision of closed circuit television on streets as a means of deterring and detecting crime in urban areas.

Baroness Blatch: Well designed and operated closed circuit television (CCTV) systems can have a significant impact in reducing crime and the fear of crime. The Government are encouraging the deployment of CCTV through the CCTV Challenge competition. Over 360 CCTV schemes have already received awards in the first two rounds of the competition. A further £15 million is available to crime prevention partnerships in the next round, which closes on 20th November. We will be investing more than £45 million in CCTV over three years to help provide 10,000 new cameras.

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