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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): From 1 April 2002 to 31 March this year, there have been 300 paramilitary style attacks (137 assaults and 163 shootings). The police do not hold statistics on the number of persons forced to leave Northern Ireland through paramilitary intimidation.
Maranatha estimates that it deals on average with one person per week. This is broadly consistent with figures published by NIACRO's Base 2: in its most recent annual report covering the calendar year 2001, it records 497 of its clients leaving home, 39 of whom left Northern Ireland.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Waterways Ireland spent £0.076 million in Northern Ireland during the year 2002 on capital expenditure. The total Northern Ireland drawdown by Waterways Ireland for 2002 amounted to £2.176 million.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): A two-stage feasibility study is proposed. The first stage will develop and assess options to reinstate the link that formerly existed between Buxton and Matlock. This is expected to conclude in September 2003. If the partners agree to continue, stage two would develop the preferred option in detail. Stage two will be completed in April 2004. The breakdown of funding is illustrated in the table below. The scheme is sponsored by Derbyshire County Council who would be responsible for deciding the basis of publication.
|Derbyshire County Council||100,000|
|Buxton & High Peak District Council||100,000|
|East Midlands Development Agency (Rural Development Agency)||50,000|
|Objective 2RS/5B (EU funding)||100,000|
|Peak Park Transport Forum||10,000|
|Rail Passenger Partnership scheme||190,000|
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Cambridgeshire County Council is still developing the technical details of the proposed Cambridge Rapid Transit System, with a view to applying in due course to the Secretary of State for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 (the TWA). Such an order, if made, could contain the legal powers necessary for the construction and operation of the proposed guided busway.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: National Express Group PLC's Gatwick Express, operating on the London-Gatwick airport corridor, is the only franchise operator exempted from having to operate a compulsory inter-available ticketing regime.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Train operating companies are free to choose whether or not to charge penalty fares as a means of controlling ticketless travel. The charging of penalty fares is governed by regulations under the Railways Act 1993 as amended by the Transport Act 2000.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: A joint investigation between the British Transport Police and the Lincolnshire Police resulted in an advice file being submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who, after receiving advice from independent counsel, concluded that there was insufficient evidence for criminal proceedings. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) does not intend to prosecute Lincolnshire County Council for failing to provide warning signs near the bridge at Nocton because in this case, as in most other road traffic accidents, investigation is undertaken by the police and any prosecution by the CPS, not the HSE.
When high quality treatment, care and information from asthma-trained health professionals will be available to all 5.1 million people with asthma in the United Kingdom regardless of their postcode.[HL2589]
For doctors, the content and standard of postgraduate medical training is the responsibility of the United Kingdom competent authorities, the Specialist Training Authority for specialist medicine and, for general practice, the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice. Their role is that of custodians of quality standards in postgraduate medical education and practice. They are independent of the Department of Health. In addition, the General Medical Council's Education Committee has the general function of promoting high standards of medical education and co-ordinating all stages of medical education to ensure that students and newly qualified doctors are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for professional practice.
All of these bodies have a vested interest in ensuring that doctors are equipped to deal with the problems they will encounter in practiceboth in hospital and in general practiceincluding conditions such as asthma. It is not however practicable or desirable for the Government to prescribe the exact training that any individual doctor will receive.
Patients with asthma, their families and carers are able to access the full range of NHS services for asthma sufferers. The information, support and services an individual receives will depend on the extent and severity of asthma they have.
Under the terms of the Chronic Disease Management Programme for Asthma, general practitioners are required to prepare with the patient an individual management plan.
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