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Baroness Andrews: The Chief Nursing Officer and her team will continue to exercise strong policy and professional leadership through well established networks with nurse leaders in Strategic Health Authorities, National Health Service Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, professional associations and organisations, and in independent and voluntary sector healthcare providers.
In the new departmental structure the Chief Nursing Officer will remain accountable to the Chief Executive, have a place on the two main boardsthe Department of Health Management Board and the Health and Social Care Delivery Boardand play a key role as Director of Patient Experience.
Baroness Andrews: Subject to parliamentary approval, the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill will provide for applicants for National Health Service Foundation Trust status to determine the detail of their constitutional arrangements within the parameters set out in Schedule 1. It will be for each applicant to decide whether to include an executive nurse on the board of directors taking account of its local circumstances and
Baroness Andrews: This information requested is in the following table. National Health Service trusts rated as significantly underachieved against financial management target in 200102. Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Trust Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust Cornwall Healthcare NHS Trust
Baroness Andrews: Under the NHS congestion charging reimbursement scheme, any NHS employee and general practitioner who meets the eligibility criteria of the scheme is able to reclaim the London congestion charge.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): During the school year 200102 the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal registered a total of 3,048 appeals, of which 1,107 concerned the school to be named in the child's statement. Parents requested mainstream schools in 467 of these appeals and special schools in 570. In the remaining 70 appeals parents either requested home tuition or did not specify the school or type of school that should be named in the statement. bjc
What new schemes they have to assist the British shipbuilding and ship repairing industry.[HL2406]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): A proposal was submitted to my department in January 2003 by the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association (SSA), acting in conjunction with the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) and the British Marine Federation (BMF), for a further grant towards their Marine Industry Improvement Partnership. This application was very much at a conceptual level and contained no details of the number of companies to be assisted, nor the amount of grant being sought (although another related submission to the steering group of the Shipbuilding and Marine Industries Forum indicated that grants in excess of £5 million were likely to be requested).
This proposal has subsequently been discussed at meetings of the steering group of the Shipbuilding and Marine Industries Forum, most recently on 18 March 2003, as well as at a meeting held on 31 March of the SSA's steering group, which is managing the current £2.8 million grant.
My officials have pointed out to the SSA that, before consideration could be given to further grants, the SSA would have to provide my officials with a full economic evaluation of the outcomes of the existing grant compared with the targets which were offered by the SSA in their first grant application. This evaluation has yet to start. More generally, the emphasis for DTI's entire business support programme for industry has been evolving over recent months in response to
Within this approach to business support, DTI will continue to make investments in areas where evidence shows a real difference can be made to UK productivity and competitiveness, and where the market has failed to provide solutions to business needs. Proposals will be considered accordingly and those submitted by the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association, Society of Maritime Industries and the British Marine Federation will be part of this process.
My officials will continue to keep in close touch with the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association, Society of Marine Industries and the British Marine Federation on this and other topics.
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