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Haemophiliacs: vCJD Implicated Products

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The batches of clotting factor concentrates manufactured by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service from the plasma taken from a donor who subsequently developed vCJD were distributed to haemophilia centres in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Patients treated with these products living in Scotland and Northern Ireland have been contacted by their clinicians. A small number of patients who received these implicated products are now living in England. Information has been passed to their local haemophilia centres so that they can be contacted. We are not aware of any cases involving patients living in Wales. There was extensive correspondence on this case between the secretariat of the CJD Incidents Panel and the various Scottish bodies involved.

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Thimerosal/Mercury-based Vaccines

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What research has taken place into allergic reactions to thimerosal/mercury-based vaccines, especially among infant children.[HL1024]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: There is a substantial body of published research on allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions associated with thiomersal. This research has shown that thiomersal, which is contained in some vaccines used in infants, can cause mild hypersensitivity reactions that typically include skin rashes or local swelling at the site of injection. Severe hypersensitivity reactions to thiomersal-containing vaccines, such as those involving swelling of the face and wheezing, are rare. A list of relevant publications has been placed in the Library.

The European Medicines Evaluation Agency's Scientific Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products (CPMP) reviewed the safety of medicinal products containing thiormersal in 1999. The CPMP advised that there is no evidence of harm caused by the level of thiomersal exposure from vaccines. Given the known association between thiomersal and hypersensitivity reactions, the CPMP advised that warnings about these reactions should be provided in the product information for thiomersal-containing vaccines.

As with all medicinal products, the Medicines Control Agency and Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) keeps the safety of thiomersal-containing vaccines under continual review. The CSM reviewed the safety of thiomersal-containing vaccines in 2001 and advised that, with the exception of hypersensitivity reactions, there is no evidence of harm from thiomersal contained in vaccines. Therefore, the CSM advised that the benefits of immunisation with thiomersal-containing vaccines outweigh any potential risks of vaccination.

NHS Negligence Claims: Haemophilia Society Proposal

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will confirm the National Audit Office's figure of £4.4 billion of outstanding claims against the National Health Service for negligence; and what estimate they have made of the cost per year over 10 years of the Haemophilia Society's proposals for compensating people infected with hepatitis by contaminated National Health Service blood products.[HL1134]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We can confirm that the National Audit Office's reported figure of £4.4 billion of outstanding claims against the National Health Service for clinical negligence in 2000-01 is correct. The estimated cost of the Haemophilia Society's proposal is £52.26 million per year over 10 years.

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Provisional IRA

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider that the Provisional IRA is still involved in recruiting, re-arming, training, targeting and punishment beatings; and, if so, in what activities.[HL950]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): We continue to judge that the PIRA ceasefire remains in place but, as the Prime Minister made clear in his speech in Belfast on 17 October, in the Government's view the IRA remains an active paramilitary organisation. We cannot tolerate paramilitary activity in any form. Everyone has to make a commitment to achieving their objectives by exclusively peaceful means—real, total and permanent.

O'Neill Memorial and Castle Gardens Primary Schools

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What were the dates of the closure of (a) O'Neill Memorial School, Castlereagh and (b) Castle Gardens School, Newtownards; and what proposals there are for the future use of these buildings or their disposal.[HL960]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: O'Neill Memorial Primary School, Castlereagh and Castle Gardens Primary School, Newtownards both closed with effect from 31 August 2002.

The South-Eastern Education and Library Board does not own these properties but is pursuing the possibility of retention of the two properties for continued educational purposes, subject to legal formalities being satisfactorily resolved.

Abbey Primary School, Newtownards

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the present enrolment at Abbey Primary School, Newtownards; how many applicants for enrolment for the academic year beginning September 2002 were refused; and what proposals there are to replace the temporary classrooms at this new school.[HL976]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The current enrolment at Abbey Primary School, Newtownards is 594; seven applicants were refused admission for September 2002. There are no immediate plans to replace the temporary accommodation at the school.

Ulster Canal

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Waterways Ireland has any plans to restore and re-open the Ulster Canal as a tourist attraction. [HL991]

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Waterways Ireland has no plans to restore and re-open the Ulster Canal, but the question of funding is at present being explored by independent consultants.

Armagh Protestant Board of Education

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the role of the Armagh Protestant Board of Education at the Royal School, Armagh; when this board came into existence; and what is its statutory basis. [HL1001]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I understand that the Armagh Protestant Board of Education owns and manages the Royal School Armagh, subject to the legislation governing all schools. It was established by an educational endowment scheme made under the Educational Endowments (Ireland) Act 1885 for the government and management of the endowments of the Ulster Royal Schools (including Armagh Royal School) and was approved by Order in Council on 22 May 1891.

Waterways Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7 January (WA173) concerning Waterways Ireland, what is meant by the wording "equality scheme is set out below".[HL1014]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Regrettably the list of organisations consulted by Waterways Ireland regarding the equality scheme was accidentally omitted from my previous Written Answer (WA173). The list in question is now set out below:

External stakeholders

Waterways interest groups (5)

Lough Erne Advisory Consultative Group

Lower Bann Advisory Committee

Ulster Waterways Group

Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (Northern Ireland Branch)

Erne Charter Boat Association

Other interest groups (18)

ATGWU (Ireland)

Arthur Cox (NI) Ltd


Coalisland Canal Restoration Committee

Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network

Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside

Ferguson McIlveen Consulting Engineers

Fermanagh Wetlands Project

Fisheries Sectoral Development Programme


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Letterbreen Development Association

National Trust

Owen Aillew Diving Club

Rossigh Angling Club

Ulster Wildlife Trust

Stormont Strategy

Tourist Development International

Ulster Waterways Group

University of Ulster School of Environmental Studies

Central Government Departments (15)

The Northern Ireland Office

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the other nine Northern Ireland departments

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (for information only)

Department of Finance (for information only)

Department of Justice Equality and Law (for information only)

North/South Implementation Bodies (5)

District Councils in Northern Ireland (26)

Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland (5)

Health and Social Services Councils in Northern Ireland (4)

Health and Social Services Boards in Northern Ireland (4)

Political parties (10): (listed in alphabetical order)

Alliance Party


N.I. Unionist Party

N.I. Womens' Coalition Party



Sinn Fein


U.K. Unionist Party


Organisations representing a wide range of interests in Northern Ireland (64)

174 Trust

Arts Council NI

Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Associations

Association of Independent Advice Centres

Belfast Regeneration Office

Catholics Bishops Commission on Justice and Peace

Centre for Voluntary Action Studies

Chrysalis Women's Centre

Church of Ireland

Combat Poverty Action Group Northern Ireland

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Committee on the Administration of Justice

Community Care Forum

Community Development Centre

Community Relations Council (NI)

Community Relations Training/Learning Consortium

Community Technical Aid

Community Work Education and Training Network

Corrymeela Community

Democratic Dialogue

Employers' Forum on Disability

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Equality Forum NI

Equality Unit

Fermanagh Shadow Council

Heritage Lottery Fund

International Fund for Ireland Communities in Action Project

Law Centre NI

Londonderry Regeneration Initiative

Methodist Church in Ireland

National Lottery Charities Board

Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network

Northern Ireland Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

Northern Ireland Committee—Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NIC-ICTU)

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

Northern Ireland Economic Council

Northern Ireland Environmental Link

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum

Northern Ireland Partnership Board

Northern Ireland Pre-school Playgroup Association

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust

Northern Ireland Volunteer Development Agency

Northern Ireland Youth Forum


Presbyterian Church in Ireland


Salvation Army

Share Centre

Sports Council Northern Ireland

Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards

Sustainable Northern Ireland Programme

The Local Government Staff Commission for NI

Training for Women Network

Ulster People's College

Ulster Scots Heritage Council


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Voluntary Activity Unit

Workers Educational Association Northern Ireland


Youth Council for Northern Ireland


Target groups (155)

Action Cancer

Action for Dysphasic Adults

Action MS

Age Concern

Age Sector Reference Group

AIDS Helpline

Amputees Association of Northern Ireland

Ar Ais Ar An Omaigh

Ar Ais Aris

Armagh Travellers Support Group

Arthritis Care


Asthma Society

Baha'i Community


Belfast Islamic Centre

Belfast Traveller Sites Project

Belfast Travellers' Education and Development Group

Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre

Body Positive

British Deaf Association NI

British Diabetic Association

British Epilepsy Association

British Sport Association for the Disabled (BSAD)

Brook Advisory Centre

Brownlow Community Trust



Carers National Association

Catholic Boy Scouts Foundation NI

Chest, Heart and Stroke Organisation

Child Care Northern Ireland

Child Poverty Action Group

Childline NI

Children's Law Centre (NI)

Chinese Chamber of Commerce (NI)

Chinese Health Project

Clogher Valley Rural Centre

Coalition on Sexual Orientation

Coiste na n-Iarchimi

Community Development and Health Network

Confederation of Community Groups

Confederation of Community Groups Newry

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Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network

Craigavon Asian Women and Children Association

Craigavon Travellers' Support Committee

Craigavon Vietnamese Group

CRUSE Bereavement NI

Cumann na Meirleach

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Derry Travellers' Support Group

Derry Well Women

Disability Action

Down's Syndrome Association

Dyslexic Association of Northern Ireland

East Down Rural Community Network


Family Farm Development Ltd

Family Planning Association NI

Fermanagh Rural Community Network

Fermanagh Women's Network

First Key

Focus on Family

Forum for Action on Substance Abuse

Foyle Friend

Gay and Lesbian Youth NI

Gingerbread NI

Glen Road Heights Women's Group


Guide Association

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple

Health Action Zone

Help the Aged

Huntington's Disease Association

Iar Chimi Phear Manach

Indian Community Centre

Industrial Therapy Organisation

Irish Central Border Area Network

Japan Society of NI

La Societa Italiana Irlands del Nord

Lesbian Line


Lurgan Council for Voluntary Action

ME Association


Mid-Ulster Women's Network

Monagh Road Women's Steering Group

Multi-Cultural Resource Centre (NI)

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Muscular Dystrophy Group of GB and NI

Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health

Newry and Mourne Senior Citizens' Consortium

Newry and Mourne Women

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Newry Interagency Consortium for Travellers

Newry Travellers' Early Years Action Group

Newtownabbey Senior Citizens' Forum


North West Ethnic Communities Association

North West Forum of People with Disabilities (2)

Northern Ireland African Cutural Centre

Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities

Northern Ireland Council for the Homeless

Northern Ireland Disability Council

Northern Ireland Filipino Association

Northern Ireland Filipino Community in Action

Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association

Northern Ireland Women's Aid Federation

Northern Ireland Women's European Platform



Oi-Kwan Chinese Women's Group

Omagh Women's Area Network

Organisation for the Unemployed

Parents and Professionals and Autism




Putting Children First

Queer Space

Regeneration of South Armagh Rural Development Council



Save the Children

Scouting Association NI

SENSE Northern Ireland


Simon Community

Society for Speech Impaired

South Armagh Farmers and Residents Association

Southern Travellers' Early Years Partners

Sperrin Lakeland Senior Citizens' Consortium

Strabane Community Network

Swedish Society of Northern Ireland

Tar Abhaile

Tar Anall Uir Cinn Tra

The Cedar Foundation (formerly NICOD)

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

The Rainbow Project

The Special Olympics (Northern Ireland Branch)

The Women's Centre

Traveller Movement Northern Ireland

Travellers Support Group for Playgroup Workers

University of the Third Age

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Victim Support

Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC)

Wah Hep Community Association


West Belfast Economic Forum

Women Seen and Heard

Women's Forum NI

Women's Information Group

Women's Resource and Development Agency

Women's Support Network

Young Help NI

Youth Action Forum NI

Individuals (14)

Bell, David

Campbell, Daniel

Cavanagh, John

Hewitt, David

King, T

Magee, John

McGinn, Pat

McGlaughlin, Glen

McGuigan, Sean

McQuillian, Henry

Morgan, Francis

O Gribin, Eamon

Payne, John

Sheridan, N

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