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The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): I will write to the noble Lord in due course and place a copy of my letter in the Library.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: A review by the ESC audit committee of the fees spent on the national stadium project to March 1999 when the lottery funding agreement was signed confirmed the costs as £2.222 million.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I wrote to the noble Lord on 29 October informing him that a substantive reply to his letter would be sent by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, which has lead responsibility for the matters raised. I understand that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DETR (Beverley Hughes) wrote to the noble Lord on 13 January.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Information showing current annual per capita spend on cancer treatment is not available. However, cancer services are estimated to account for 6.3 per cent (£1,479 million) of National Health Service hospital expenditure in England. This excludes cancer services not normally provided on an in-patient basis, for example, cancer screening, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and community palliative care services.
In addition to this, the Department of Health has commissioned work to improve overall NHS information, including national statistics on hospital prescribing, which will give us a more accurate method of recording hospital expenditure on cancer treatment.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: It is sound professional practice to involve all healthcare professionals in the development of clinical guidelines. Health Service Circular 1998/999, relating to the recommendations from the last Report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths states, "Each unit must identify a lead professional to develop and regularly update local multidisciplinary guidelines for the management of obstetric problems". Midwives must therefore be involved in drawing up relevant clinical guidelines.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The development of health improvement programmes is led by the health authority in partnership with the whole range of local interests, including those who provide local services for the National Health Service. This will include staff working in NHS trusts and primary care. Midwives will be encouraged to contribute on issues which impact on their work areas.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Government are fully committed to the principles of high quality woman centred maternity care enshrined in the Changing Childbirth report--now largely embedded in mainstream practice.
A report highlighting the achievements and lessons learned from the Changing Childbirth initiative was published in August 1998 and widely promulgated to the National Health Service. Copies have been placed in the Library.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): We are participating in several formal and informal international discussions on the labelling of timber products. Through the Forestry Commission we have facilitated the development of the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Scheme, which provides a standard for the independent assessment of forest management in the UK. It is a model for other countries to follow and puts the UK at the forefront of global forest certification.
Baroness Hayman: Regulation 11(1) of the Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 1982 (as amended) requires Ministers "to conduct or make arrangements for such tests and trials of a plant variety which is the subject of an application for entry in a National List as appears to them to be necessary to establish that it conforms to the requirements of schedule 2 of these regulations". Schedule 2 sets out the requirements that a candidate variety must be distinct, uniform and stable (DUS) and, for agricultural varieties, have a value for cultivation and use (VCU) in the UK. In making the arrangements referred to above, Ministers require VCU trials to be conducted in accordance with an official protocol. Such protocols are subject to regular review by the testing authorities.
Baroness Hayman: Genetically modified (GM) maize covered by Commission Decision 98/293/EC has been grown commercially in the US since 1998. Since it is not segregated from conventionally produced maize, it is likely that most imports into the UK from this source since 1998 will have contained some of the GM variety. Most maize comes into the country in the form of processed products, such as maize gluten, for use in animal feed. Previous work has shown that such processing breaks down the genetic material into very small fragments of DNA.
Baroness Hayman: The Government welcomed the three reports, prepared as key parts of the review of regulatory burdens on agriculture. We have placed in the Library of the House action plans which set out the Government's responses to the 107 recommendations in the reports. We have accepted 98 of the 107 recommendations. We shall be giving recommendations further consideration, and will do so as rapidly as possible. Of the 98 recommendations we have accepted, we shall be pursuing 23 in Brussels to seek changes in the basic legal provisions.
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