|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:
The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Section 110 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and Section 143 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 variously require the name and address of the printer, publisher, promoter or any other person on behalf of whom the materal is published to be included on election material. Whether that requirement would be met by the provision of the Post Office box number is a point that has not previously arisen and we will discuss the issue with the Electoral Commission.
Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Legal Services Commission does not record case data in a way that would enable an answer to be given to the exact Question asked.
Conditional fee arrangements are most widely used in personal injury cases as claims relating to negligently caused injury are excluded from public funding under Schedule 2 to the Access to Justice Act 1999 on the basis that such matters are suitable for conditional fee arrangements.
Net savings to the Community Legal Service Fund from the introduction of conditional fee arrangements in personal injury cases in the period 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2002 are estimated at £85 million.
Lord Gregson asked Her Majesty's Government:
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Lord Chancellor has today issued a direction under section 6(8)(b) of the Access to Justice Act 1999 to the Legal Services Commission which will bring the Special Immigration
This direction will cover the period before the relevant provisions in the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 comes into force next April, The Act will amend Schedule 2 to the Access to Justice Act 1999 to the same effect. Prior to the issuing of this direction, funding for representation before SIAC has been provided for on an individual basis under section 6(8)(b) of the Access to Justice Act 1999, which specifies that certain cases can be funded in exceptional circumstances on the express approval of the Lord Chancellor.
Baroness Brigstocke asked Her Majesty's Government:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Information on the number of privately funded further and higher education institutions and their students is not collected by the department unless the institution is in receipt of public funding. Therefore figures for the sector as a whole are not available.
Privately funded colleges of further and higher education are independent and autonomous institutions. Where they offer courses which receive public funding they have to meet the requirements of the relevant funding body. Where they offer courses leading to formal qualifications they have to meet the standards and other requirements of the bodies issuing those qualifications. Only institutions with recognised degree awarding powers are permitted to award UK degrees. John B
Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The latest available data showing students who graduated in 2001 is shown in the table. Information for 2002 graduates will be available in January 2003.
|1st Class||Upper 2nd||Other||Total||1st Class||Upper 2nd||Other|
|The University of Birmingham||553||2,372||1,622||4,547||12.2||52.2||35.7|
|The University of Bristol||399||1,463||715||2,577||15.5||56.8||27.7|
|The University of Cambridge||1,013||1,686||597||3,296||30.7||51.2||18.1|
|The University of Leeds||466||2,396||1,617||4,479||10.4||53.5||36.1|
|The University of Liverpool||280||1,355||1,358||2,993||9.4||45.3||45.4|
|King's College London||306||1,240||1,179||2,725||11.2||45.5||43.3|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||152||571||301||1,024||14.8||55.8||29.4|
|The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne||231||1,418||1,115||2,764||8.4||51.3||40.3|
|The University of Nottingham||414||1,641||916||2,971||13.9||55.2||30.8|
|The University of Oxford||694||2,011||581||3,286||21.1||61.2||17.7|
|The University of Sheffield||356||1,913||1,264||3,533||10.1||54.1||35.8|
|The University of Southampton||386||1,701||1,426||3,513||11.0||48.4||40.6|
|The University of Edinburgh||463||1,797||1,285||3,515||13.2||50.3||36.6|
|The University of Glasgow||312||1,362||1,590||3,264||9.6||41.7||48.7|
|The University of Warwick||411||1,375||605||2,391||17.2||57.5||25.3|
|Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine||404||771||683||1,858||21.7||41.5||36.8|
|University College London||500||1,593||1,073||3,166||15.8||50.3||33.9|
|The Victoria University of Manchester||579||1,986||1,471||4,036||14.3||49.2||36.4|
Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The effects of passive smoking on those suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions are well recognised. Although we do not intend to introduce legislation banning smoking in the workplace or public areas, we accept the right of everyone to breath air unpolluted by cigarette smoke and we encourage the introduction of smoke-free environments. We recognise that this is not always going to be possible and encourage in these circumstances other measures to be taken to reduce people's exposure to smoke.
This year the Department of Health is funding local tobacco control alliances across England to carry out projects in close co-operation with local employers to tackle passive smoking and to increase the number of smoke free environments. These projects vary in nature from the production of smoke-free guides to pubs and restaurants to the provision of advice and support to managers wishing to introduce policies. We hope that many will be suitable for national application.
Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether any booklets or other information are given by the National Health Service to a woman contemplating an abortion that would show foetal development; and [HL390]
Whether the abortion procedures are explained in detail by the National Health Service to a woman contemplating an abortion; and [HL391]
Whether the adverse consequences of an abortion are discussed by the National Health Service with a woman contemplating an abortion. [HL392]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Department of Health-funded Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) evidence-based guideline The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion (2000), which is applicable to National Health Service and independent sector providers, recognises the importance of women seeking abortion receiving accurate, impartial information. Verbal advice must be supported by printed information which every woman considering abortion can understand and may take away and read before the procedure.
The guideline states that professionals should be equipped to provide women with the information they need in order to give genuinely informed consent: that abortion is safe and complications are uncommon; description of the abortion methods that are available; immediate complications including haemorrhage requiring blood transfusion, uterine perforation which may require immediate abdominal surgery, cervical laceration which may require suturing and anaesthetic complications; complications in the early weeks following abortion including incomplete abortion requiring re-evacuation, continuing pregnancy, pelvic
In 2001 the Department of Health also funded the RCOG to produce the patient leaflet About Abortion Care; which is available for use by NHS and independent sector providers. The leaflet does not provide information on foetal development. The leaflet can be found at www.rcog.org.uk/resources/pdf/12062001 abortion care.pdf. Copies have also been placed in the Library. In addition, many NHS and independent sector providers produce their own literature for women considering an abortion.
Back to Table of Contents
Lords Hansard Home Page