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Maritime Volunteer Service: Formal Recognition

Lord Grantchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): In line with the Royal Navy's policy of fostering links with maritime organisations in the civilian community, they have today formally recognised the Maritime Volunteer Service, MVS. This recognition reflects the contribution of the MVS to the education and training of young people in nautical skills. The Royal Navy will advise the MVS on various maritime matters, including RN career opportunities. The Royal Navy's closer association with the MVS will also contribute to the Government's "New Deal" initiative by enriching the pool of training opportunities in the community, thus assisting young people to gain employment.

Northern Ireland: Prosecution of Terrorist Acts

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs): The RUC will continue to investigate all crime in Northern Ireland, including terrorism, and bring those responsible before the courts.

Eating Disorders

Lord Alderdice asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the incidence per year of eating disorders in the United Kingdom since 1980 recorded by (a) age and (b) region.[HL1674]

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Information on incidence of eating disorders is not available centrally, but some information on the number of people treated as hospital in-patients for various types of eating disorder is available; this will be placed in the Library.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In the light of the widespread and growing use of complementary and alternative therapies, what is their view about the need for more research into their safety and effectiveness.[HL1688]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The need for more research into the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies is recognised and is being addressed through the National Health Service and other research and development programmes.

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it will be open to the primary care commissioning groups proposed in the White Paper The New NHS to include complementary therapies in the range of treatments provided to NHS patients.[HL1690]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: Primary care groups will provide a direct means by which general practitioners, their primary care team and community nurses, working in co-operation with other health and social care professionals, will lead the process of securing appropriate, high quality care for local people. This process may include complementary therapies where the primary care group decides that such treatment is appropriate.

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