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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The number of officers that have left or retired from the police service in Northern Ireland each year since 1998 and the number of officers recruited in the same periods, including the Reserve is illustrated in the tables below:
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin): Action to maintain and improve the quality of initial decisions on asylum applications is a continuous, iterative process. Recent initiatives include extra training on human rights and seminars by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture to better equip caseworkers to interview asylum applicants. Guidance to caseworkers and training needs are informed by, and updated in the light of, random sampling of initial decisions, emerging caselaw, policy changes, and feedback from internal and external stakeholders.
Lord Filkin: My honourable friend the Minister of State, Home Office (Beverley Hughes) visited the proposed sites at DSDC Bicester on 26 June 2002, RAF Newton on 2 July 2002 and Throckmorton Airfield, Pershore on 8 October.
Lord Filkin: The "Life in the United Kingdom" Advisory Group has now held its inaugural meeting and has agreed to seek to publish an interim report by January 2003, followed by its final recommendations by Easter 2003. Sir Bernard Crick aims to provide me with the group's early thoughts on a programme structure which I shall share with noble Lords at Report stage of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): An expert advisory group, set up with the agreement of Ministers to advise on delivering a strategy for the treatment of people with personality disorder, has reviewed a paper produced by Dr Paul Moran on the epidemiology of personality disorder, and ratified its findings. The studies quoted as follows, which are taken from Dr Moran's paper, provide the latest and most reliable information on the prevalence of personality disorder.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Data on the number of operations cancelled on the day of surgery during Q3 and Q4 200102 are not available. However, the number of operations cancelled, by the hospital, for non-clinical reasons, on, or after the day patient was due to be admitted; and the number of those patients who were not readmitted within 1 month of cancellation, broken down by health authority, are available in the Library.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Primary care trusts are responsible for planning and securing the provision of all the care and services that their population needs. This includes commissioning all acute services for their populations. Normally, the strategic health authorities' role is to ensure that each primary care trust has appropriate arrangements in place both for commissioning by itself and with others through consortia. It will also be represented on commissioning consortia for specialist services and provide support
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Department of Health published a consultation document Hepatitis C Strategy for England on 14 August 2002, in recognition of the importance of hepatitis C as a public health issue. The Chief Medical Officer's infectious disease strategy, Getting Ahead of the Curve, has also highlighted hepatitis C as a priority area requiring intensified action.
The hepatitis C strategy addresses many of the issues raised by the British Liver Trust report and proposes developing professional and public awareness of hepatitis C and strengthening services for its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The proposals in the strategy are intended to form the basis of an action plan for hepatitis C, which is due to be produced by the end of 2002.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have asked the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to appraise the clinical and cost effectiveness of pegylated interferons compared with conventional interferons in the treatment and management of chronic hepatitis C infection. The institute expects to issue guidance in November 2003.