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Lord Simon of Highbury: The Government are willing in principle to make an amendment of this kind to UK copyright law, but we shall need to be clearer as to our EC obligations in this area before we can proceed further. The draft directive on copyright and related rights in the information society, which seeks generally to harmonise the exceptions to rights which member states may provide in their national laws, does include
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): Teacher dismissals are not recorded centrally. The National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) is monitoring the implementation and use of the new outline capability procedure for teachers. A NEOST survey of the use of the new procedure has so far received responses from just over 50 per cent. of LEAs in England and Wales and these are currently being collated and analysed. In September my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment will receive powers under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to provide statutory guidance for governing bodies and, where necessary, impose appropriate staff capability procedures on schools. He will continue to monitor the situation to see whether any use of these powers will be necessary.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): The Crown Prosecution Service was established by the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 as an independent prosecution service headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Prior to the establishment of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Director had, in addition to his functions concerning criminal prosecutions, for many years acted as the agent for foreign states seeking the return of fugitives from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. That role has continued since 1985, with such cases being handled on a day-to-day basis by Crown Prosecutors of the Casework Directorate of the CPS Headquarters in London. The function was formally assigned to the Director by the Attorney General
The nature of the director's role in extradition cases was specifically recognised in 1994 by Lord Justice Glidewell sitting in the Divisional Court in the case of R v. DPP ex parte Frederick Thom. He stated that the position of the director was "not that of a prosecutor but of a private lawyer acting for a foreign client" (The Times, 21 December 1994).
The letter of 25 March 1999 must be understood in that context; it is a communication between a lawyer and his client. It was written after the judgment of your Lordships' House of the previous day in relation to Senator Pinochet's case, in which the Judicial Committee had specifically asked the Secretary of State to reconsider his decision of 9 December 1998 to issue the Authority to Proceed. It is entirely proper for a lawyer in these circumstances to advise his client to place additional material before the Secretary of State. The use of the word "assist" denotes nothing other than the placing of relevant material before the Secretary of State to enable him to consider that material.
Baroness Hayman: The Government are taking no specific action to raise awareness of arachnoiditis amongst the public and health professionals. Clinicians who are responsible for instigating or carrying out investigative procedures, notably myelograms, which carry the risk of arachnoiditis, are made aware of this through product literature and continuing professional education. They carry professional responsibility for discussing the risks with patients.
Baroness Hayman: Arachnoiditis is an extremely painful, if uncommon, condition for which there is unfortunately no cure. It is for clinicians to decide in individual cases which treatment will best alleviate the symptoms of this condition and help to control the pain. There are medical services available in all parts of the country including, for example, the services of consultant neurologists, and general practitioners may refer patients to such services.
The Department of Health has not directly commissioned or evaluated research into arachnoiditis. We are unaware of any research being conducted using NHS research and development funding around this condition.
Baroness Hayman: We have no plans to do so. Information on the nature of different complementary medicine treatments, and circumstances in which patients might find them helpful, is available from a variety of sources. This includes complementary medicine professional bodies and organisations offering advice and support to people suffering from particular illnesses.
Baroness Hayman: Action on Addiction does not receive funding from the Department of Health or from other government departments. We do not have records that would indicate whether it receives funding from other public sources. The organisation is engaged in a number of initiatives, including the endowment of a Chair in the Psychiatry of Addictions at the Institute of Psychiatry.
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