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Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The Answer to the previous question (WA 20) related solely to cars purchased and owned by the Department of Social Security. It did not include cars supplied on a hire or lease basis from any third party, including the Government Car and Despatch Agency or commercial car hire company.
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given by my right honourable and learned friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 6 July, Official Report, WA 148.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The list did not include cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, which is operated by the Cabinet Office on behalf of all government departments.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health set out the department's response to the recommendations made by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Dame Rennie Fritchie, in a letter to her dated 7 July 2000. It confirms our concern to ensure that appointments to National Health Service boards are made in a way which is seen to be both open and fair. A copy of the letter is available in the Library.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The decision on the reconfiguration of acute services in East Kent was made to ensure that all residents of East Kent have access to high quality, safe and effective healthcare services fit for the 21st century.
There will be an overall reduction of 148 acute beds in East Kent as a whole, with a reduction of 138 acute hospital beds at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. Eighty-five per cent of patients who would currently expect to be treated at Kent and Canterbury Hospital will continue to receive treatment there after the reconfiguration. This approach has been independently assessed and agreed with by the York Health Economics Consortium.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Government do not assess individual trial results neither do they issue clinical guidelines for treatment of HIV/AIDS. The choice of treatment is a matter for discussion and agreement between an individual patient and his or her doctor.
Comprehensive clinical guidelines for antiretroviral treatment of HIV-infected adults, which carry a wide consensus, were issued by the British HIV Association in March 2000. These guidelines are being considered by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The announcement of July 1998 indicated that the increase in medical student places in the United Kingdom would be phased up to 2005 to allow the expansion of facilities dedicated to medical education to take place in a planned and orderly manner and to allow the increase to be reviewed over time.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The lease for 7 Little College Street and Millbank House will run until 2015. The annual rent is £33.50 per square foot and there will be a 12-month rent free period from the date of occupation. In addition to the new accommodation for Members, staff of the House will also move into Millbank House, making further office space available for Members in the Palace and 1 The Abbey Garden.
The Chairman of Committees: The new office accommodation will be distributed between the parties and the Cross Benches by the Administration and Works Sub-Committee, following a recommendation by the Accommodation Steering Group. Desks will be allocated to Members by the relevant party or the Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers. The criteria are a matter for the party or the Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers.
The Chairman of Committees: The need to provide appropriate services for Members in 7 Little College Street and Millbank House has been a key factor in the planning for the moves which will take place between December 2000 and August 2001. This planning has been complemented by a recent review of the role of the Attendants, which took account of the introduction of the revised postal system. From December 2000, when the first tranche of offices will be occupied, a comprehensive Attendant service will be provided from 8.00am until 6.00pm. As in the main building, Members will be able to have their mail delivered to their own desks held in the Mail Room off Peers' Lobby or forwarded. Security staff will be on duty in Millbank House until an hour after the rising of the House. These arrangements were agreed by the Administration and Works Sub-Committee on 4 July and can, of course, be reviewed in the light of experience. In addition, there will be a library and (from August 2001) a conference room and a refreshment facility.
(a) by parents;
(b) in schools;
(c) in residential institutions for children; and
(d) in the penal system (either as a sentence of the courts or as a punishment in penal institutions); is still permitted under existing legislation in the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey; Jersey; and the Isle of Man.[HL3068]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The position in relation to corporal punishment of children in schools, in residential institutions and in the penal system remains as given in the answer by my right honourable friend the Attorney General and then Minister of State for the Home Department, Lord Williams of Mostyn, on 14 December 1998, (Official Report, WA 123). Corporal punishment of children by parents is still permitted in the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. The common law of Guernsey permits parents to use reasonable corporal punishment in the chastisement of their children. In Jersey, there is no legislation currently prohibiting corporal punishment of children by parents. Article 9(5) of the Children (Jersey) Law 1969 provides that: "nothing in this Article shall be construed as affecting the right of any parent, teacher or other person having the lawful control or charge of a child to administer punishment to him". The law in the Isle of Man is that parents may administer "reasonable chastisement" to their children.
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