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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): I refer the noble Lord to the Statement made by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mr Mike O'Brien, in another place, on 21 December 1999, Official Report, cols. 185-188WH, in which among other things he explained the reason why it would not be appropriate to reveal details about the investigation of individual cases.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: All leads to alleged espionage activity are examined and where appropriate investigated by the Security Service. It is for the prosecuting authorities to consider whether criminal proceedings should be commenced in any particular case.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): No, SERPLAN have not advised further on the distribution of dwellings. The Government are carefully considering all the representations received on draft regional planning guidance.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The incident at Liverpool Street affected the whole of the Central Line, and commuters on other lines as well. An accurate estimate of the numbers involved is not available.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: There is no 30 amp fuse on the type of train in question. The reason the train would not move on this occasion was the tripping (within design specification) of four filter charging circuit breakers. These are designed to protect the traction motors. The reason for tripping is the subject of an ongoing official investigation, as are the position of the circuit breakers and their inability to be reset when the train is in service in the tunnel. A summary of the results and recommendations of this investigation will be published by London Underground in due course.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The official investigation of this incident, which is still under way, has not revealed any evidence that the provision of emergency equipment was in any way lacking. As there are no requirements for London Underground to provide and maintain oxygen masks under current legislation, this specialist service was provided by the London Ambulance Service. In the region of 14 fully equipped ambulance units were deployed to Liverpool Street to treat those suffering from the effects of heat.
|Company||Date||Number of fatalities|
|Caley Fisheries Ltd||7 June 1999||1|
|Denholm Fishselling Ltd||13 May 2000||1|
|Don Fishing Company Ltd||27 April 1995||1|
|Flagperry Ltd||9 November 1997||1|
|Grampian Sea Fishing Ltd||27 July 1998||1|
|Jack Robinson (Trawlers) Ltd||6 September 1997 11 January 2000||8|
|RH James||10 November 1997||1|
|Peter and J Johnstone Ltd||4 March 1995||1|
|Kinlochbervie Fishselling Co Ltd||23 January 1999||1|
|Mr Peter Riley||28 October 1999||1|
|The Colne Shipping Co Ltd||1 July 1997||1|
|Mr J Thomas||25 October 1997||1|
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): In the Government's view, any such legislation would improperly undermine the principle of judicial independence and adversely affect the certainty of the legal process. It would be for the courts to consider and if appropriate review the common law principles which have been established in the existing case law in this area.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Data from the drug action team template returns for 1999-2000 show a combined total of 322 statutory and voluntary sector providers of needle exchange services.
The directory Drug Problems: where to get help, published by the voluntary sector organisation the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse in 1998, lists 124 voluntary and statutory agencies which provide needle exchange facilities for injecting drug misusers. These data are not comparable due to their different methods of collection.
The Government recognise the very important role played by needle exchanges in helping to prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases, particularly among people who might not otherwise engage with services.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have accepted the recommendations in the report from the review of general anaesthesia and sedation for dental treatment which was led by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Dental Officer. We want to see methods of pain and anxiety control other than general anaesthesia used whenever possible and are exploring the need, and ways, for increasing the provision of training in sedation.
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