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How many prisoners diagnosed with tuberculosis during the last three years showed resistance to any of the main tuberculosis drugs; and[HL375]
How many times in the past three years prisons have been contacted by the public health authorities and asked to screen a prisoner who has been named as a contact by a tuberculosis-infected person.[HL376]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker): The number of new cases of tuberculosis reported by Prison Service establishments over the three previous years for which complete data are available was as follows:
Lord Rooker: The Prison Service undertakes diagnosis, care, treatment and contact tracing for tuberculosis in conjunction with local National Health Service specialists and in accordance with British Thoracic Society guidelines. While there is no written agreement to this effect, establishments would be expected to co-operate fully with any contact-tracing exercise initiated in the community.
Lord Rooker: While prison establishments have a specific budget earmarked for equipment, materials and expenses for the conduct of religious education and activities, this does not include the salary and related costs for full-time chaplains and the fees paid to visiting ministers which cannot be immediately separated from other salary and agency fee budgets. When all the relevant funding provision for the establishments concerned has been identified, I will write to the noble Lord and place a copy in the Library of the House.
Lord Rooker: No closing date was set for submissions relating to the review of the full capacity requirements in the British Nationality Act 1981. We asked the original group consulted to respond, if possible, by 13 October 2000 and the later group by 17 November 2000. We are now examining the responses to the consultation exercise and hope to be able to announce our conclusions later this year.
Lord Rooker: There has been a detailed consultation exercise undertaken as part of the development of the residential care standards for younger adults. In addition to the general consultation, four workshops have been held involving service users and residential drug treatment providers. These gave this group the opportunity to raise any concerns they have regarding the impact that the care standards would have on the residential drug treatment sector. The Department of Health has also undertaken a detailed analysis of the current provision in the residential treatment sector.
These pieces of work will inform the Department of Health in setting suitable standards and a timescale for their introduction in order to prevent a reduction of availability within the residential drug treatment sector so that they do not adversely affect targets within the Government's drugs strategy.
How many police officers, and what proportion of each category of rank of police officer, each of the police authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland expect to lose after 30 years service, in each of the years 2001-11.[HL414]
Lord Rooker: I can answer only for the police service in England and Wales. Information about the total number of police officers who will leave after 30 years service in each of the next 10 years is not collected. Projections of retirements each year in total, though not by rank, are available for the Metropolitan Police and have been provided by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. The available information is set out in the table.
|Projected Number of officer retirements with 30 years service
Lord Janner of Braunstone asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to methods to encourage appropriate police officers to delay their retirement after 30 years service.[HL416]
Lord Rooker: A police officer is entitled to retire with maximum pension benefits after completion of 30 years' service. However officers are, unless their retirement is required in the interests of the efficiency of the force, entitled to continue to serve until
Whether or not an officer has completed 30 years' service on reaching compulsory retirement age, there is provision made in the regulations for retirement to be postponed for a period of up to five years. In the case of the ranks up to superintendent, the decision to postpone is one for the chief constable. For more senior officers it is a matter for the police authority. This is set out in Regulation A18(2) of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987.
We will be considering whether any changes are required to the power to postpone, or whether guidance for forces on the use of the power to extend service is required, as part of the police reform process.
Lord Rooker: As part of the process of police reform, the Government are determined to tackle those elements of police officers' working lives that can create frustration and detract from their ability to do their jobs in the way that they would wish.
We are investing in technological support to help increase the effectiveness of the police in fighting crime and to ensure that officers are able to spend as much of their time as possible on the front line.
We have turned round the decline in police numbers that started under the previous government. Substantial government investment in the police service is now delivering the positive results that we promised when the Crime Fighting Fund was launched in September 1999 and commenced in April 2000.
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