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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Each hospital development is unique, reflecting local requirements and circumstances. We are therefore unable to give an approximate cost. A 1,000 bed hospital would almost certainly be procured through the Private Finance Initiative route. The capital value would be dependent on many factors such as location, with the land and construction costs varying considerably, with inner London prices at over 25 per cent, higher than in many other parts of the country. Other factors include the geography and nature of the site chosen, and whether it is new build on an existing hospital site a greenfield site or a major refurbishment project.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: All hospitals are unique, reflecting local service requirements and circumstances. We are therefore unable to give a meaningful approximate cost for running a 1,000 bed hospital. Costs are dependent on many factors, such as location, with the premises and transport costs in particular varying considerably. Costs will also vary to reflect the type of services being delivered by the hospital, with some specialities making a much greater demand on running costs and maintenance than others.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Extra money made available from the Comprehensive Spending Review will enable the National Health Service to take on up to 7,000 more doctors and 15,000 more nurses by March 2002 to improve frontline care. We intend to ensure there are the right number of the right sort of beds in the right places in order to meet patient needs. As a result we set up the National Beds Inquiry, which was published for consultation earlier this year.
(b) how often the panel meets; and
(c) when the panel last met.[H3286]
The New Deal is not a job creation programme. It aims to help unemployed people to find jobs as quickly as possible, and to stay in work by improving their skills, experience and self confidence in the competition for jobs. The New Deal will however lead to some extra jobs being created by firms because of its positive impact on the numbers, skills and other qualities of employable people who are looking for work.
Baroness Blackstone: We do not keep information centrally on numbers of asylum seeker children who have found school places. However the Refugee Council recently estimated that 63,000 of the 65,000 children of asylum seekers in this country have found school places. This is a tribute to schools and LEAs who work so hard to find places for these children.
We want schools and LEAs to make sure all children of asylum seekers get school places. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State announced that an extra £1.5 million would be available to secure places for all children of asylum seekers dispersed under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Baroness Blackstone: The National Consortium of Examination Results (NCER) is an informal association of local education authorities in England, the purpose of which is to make arrangements on their behalf for the provision of information on pupils' examination and National Curriculum assessment results and associated services. The consortium does not itself hold such data and does not, therefore, make information available to members of the public.
Since it has no separate legal status, the NCER would not be considered a public authority under the terms of the Freedom of Information Bill currently before Parliament. As public authorities, the Bill's provisions for the statutory rights of access to information will apply to local education authorities when enacted.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): Her Majesty's Government supported the International Maritime Organisation's Assembly Resolution A.895(21), which states that a legally binding instrument should be developed to ensure a global prohibition of the application of organotin compounds acting as biocides in anti-fouling systems on ships by 1 January 2003 and a complete prohibition of the presence of such compounds on ships by 1 January 2008. The aim is for the draft international convention to be adopted at a diplomatic conference in October 2001.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): As my honourable friend the Minister of State for the Home Office, Mrs Roche, indicated in another place on 22 May, Official Report, col. 370W, the Immigration Services Commissioner took up post on that date. The commissioner is in the process of consulting widely within the advice sector in order to formulate the rules and standards which will govern the regulatory scheme. The commissioner expects to have published
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The information requested is not held by the Home Office. I refer my noble friend to the Answer given to him by my noble friend the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, on 6 July (Official Report, WA 148).
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