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Written Answers

Tuesday, 2nd November 1999.

India: AIDS Prevention

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which Indian and international non-governmental organisations the Department for International Development is supporting in their preventive and curative efforts to contain AIDS in India. [HL4299]

Baroness Amos: The following list includes all Indian and international organisations which DFID is supporting to promote sexual health and to prevent and contain the spread of AIDS in India. Most of the non-governmental organisations which DFID is supporting in this context in India are funded as part of two major projects: the "Partnerships for Sexual Health" project, to which DFID is contributing £26 million, works in four states, Kerala, Gujarat, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, to promote sexual health and prevent the spread of HIV; and the £3.6 million "Healthy Highways" project.

1. A.K. Sait Memorial Centre of Homoeopathic Research & Services


3. AIDS Control and Community Education Programme Trust

4. AIDS Prevention Society

5. Akhand Jyot

6. Alternative for India Development

7. Anakkara Vikasana Sangam

8. Anarde

9. Arise

10. Arpan

11. Ashraya Blood Bank

12. Association for Care and Support

13. Baroda Citizens Council

14. Bhoruka Public Welfare Trust

15. CARE India

16. CARE West Bengal

17. Centre for Health Services

18. Centre for Rural Management

19. Centre for Social Research and Development

20. Changes

21. Chec

22. Child in Need Institute ASHA

23. Chittaranjan Welfare Research Centre

24. City Educational Society

25. Coastal Education and Development Society

26. Community Action for Rural Emancipation Society

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27. Community Action Trust

28. Community Based Nutrition Programme & Poverty Alleviation Programme

29. Community Science Centre

30. Comprehensive Rural Development Trust

31. Deepak Charitable Trust

32. Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan

33. Durbar Mahila Samanvaya Committee

34. Family Planning Association of India

35. Foundation for Integrated Research in Mental Health

36. Gana Unnayan Parishad

37. Gujarat AIDS Awareness and Prevention Unit

38. Gujarat State Crime Prevention Trust

39. Haldiya Vigyan Parishad

40. Highland Development Agency

41. Himachal Pradesh Voluntary Health Association

42. Human Development Research Institute

43. Indian Medical Association

44. Indian Youth Association

45. Institute of Applied Dermatology

46. Integrated Rural Development Services

47. International Family Health

48. Jawaharlal Memorial Social Welfare & Public Co-operation

49. Jeevana Samskriti

50. Jyoti Sangh

51. K. H. Jani

52. KANFED Youth Club

53. Karnataka State Trainers Collective

54. Kerala Association for Social and Women's Welfare

55. Kodurman Grama Vikasana Samithi

56. Kothapet Mahila Mandali

57. Kusumagiri Mental Health Centre

58. LEPRA-India

59. Lifeline Foundation

60. Lok Seva Mandal

61. Mahila Vikas Sanstha

62. Mangalam Social Service Society

63. Matri O Shishu Bikash Kendra

64. Mother Saradadevi Social Service Society

65. MSI

66. Naihati Profile

67. Naranganam Rural Development Society

68. Navsarjan

69. NAZ (Foundation) India Trust

70. NEEDS Service Society

71. Niramaya Arogya Dham

72. North East Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses

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73. Nrityanjali Academy

74. Palakkad District Health & Family Welfare Co-operative Society

75. People's Association for Non Formal Education and Development in Technology

76. People's Action for Social Service

77. Positive People

78. Pragathi

79. PREPARE, India Rural Reconstruction and Disaster Response Service

80. Priyadarshini Service Society

81. Project Concern International

82. Quality Circle


84. Saini Educational Society


86. Sarvajan Kalyan Samithi

87. Sevana

88. Social Educational and Economic Development Service

89. Social Organisation for Mental Health Action

90. Society for Development Research & Training

91. Society for Integrated Development in Urban & Rural Areas

92. Society for People's Action for Development

93. Society for Promoting Rural Education And Development

94. Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses

95. Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies

96. SOS Medical & Educational Foundation

97. St. Xavier Social Services

98. Teddy Trust

99. The Calcutta Samaritans

100. Universal Progressive Study & Cultural Forum

101. Usha Co-operative

102. Vasavaya Mahila Mandali

103. Village Service Trust


105. Vivekananda Education Society

106. Voluntary Organisation Indulged in Community Enlightenment

107. Worldvision of India

108. Young Men's Christian Association

109. Young Men's Club of Majestic City

Benefits: Annual Review

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    By what percentage retirement pensions and other social security benefits can be expected to increase in the year ahead; and by what weekly amount each benefit can be expected to increase.[HL4317]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The Secretary of State for Social Security is required to review the levels of benefits each year. The results of my right honourable friend's review will be announced at the normal time in the normal way.

Court Closures

Lord Phillips of Sudbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many county and magistrates' courts in England and Wales have been closed in the last five calendar years (including 1999); and how many such courts are under consideration for closure.[HL4281]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Eighty magistrates' courthouses have closed in the last five calendar years. There are appeals against proposals to close another seven courthouses.

Thirty-four county courts have been closed within the last five calendar years. I have given approval for one additional court closure this year and two next year. Public consultation has been authorised for closure proposals on a further seven courts.

NHS Pay Review Bodies

Baroness David asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the current membership of the NHS pay review bodies.[HL4447]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The current membership is as follows:

    Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration

    Chairman--Mr Brandon Gough: First appointed 1999; reappointed 1996, reappointed for further two years 1999

    Mr David Penton: First appointed 1994; reappointed 1997 until 2000

    Mr Christopher King CBE: First appointed 1996; reappointed 1999 until 2002

    Mrs Carol Hui: First appointed 1996; reappointed 1999 until 2002

    Professor Sheila McLean: First appointed 1998-2001

    Mrs Matti Alderson: First appointed 1998-2001

    Mr Alan Hawksworth: First appointed 1999-2002

    Dr Gareth Jones: First appointed 1999-2002

    Review Body on Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine

    Chairman--Professor Clive Booth: First appointed 1998-2001

    Mr Clive Monks OBE: First appointed 1998-2001

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    Mr Jim Bartlett: First appointed 1998-2001

    Mr Mike Malone-Lee CB: First appointed 1998-2001

    Mrs Sheila Gleig: First appointed 1994; reappointed 1997 until 2000

    Professor Pauline Weetman: First appointed 1999-2002

    Mrs Marlene Davies: First appointed 1999-2002

    Mrs Urmila Banerjee: First appointed 1999-2002

Youth Club Provision

Lord Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there is a statutory requirement for youth club provision in areas of high social exclusion; and if not, why not.[HL4378]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): Local authorities have a statutory requirement to secure adequate youth service provision within their area. Within the framework of this duty, it is up to each local authority to decide its own level of provision in the light of local needs and priorities.

Blackfriars Underpass

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the condition of the interior of the Blackfriars underpass in central London is appropriate to a world capital city in Millennium Year; and, if not, what action they propose for its improvement.[HL4423]

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The condition of this underpass is a matter for the hghway authority, the London Borough of Southwark. Works were completed four years ago, this included murals depicting the building of the Blackfriars Bridge running throughout the length of the underpass. On inspection the Council found the underpass was clean and tidy. There was a small amount of graffiti, which should have been removed by now under the Council's 24-hour contract specification. Recent photographs of the underpass have been deposited in the Library.

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