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Health Professions Council

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: In the interests of public protection it is necessary for all applications for registration to be properly processed. All applications for Health Professions Council (HPC) registration are assessed on an individual basis and judged on their merits.

The HPC will open its new register on 9 July 2003 following the closure of the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine system to UK applicants on 27 June 2003. However, new application forms for the HPC register have been available and directly downloadable from the HPC's website since 2 July 2003. This minimal period of closure of 12 days (7 working days) is to allow time for the essential administrative task of effecting the transfer from the old register, which has been operating for the past 33 years, to the new HPC register.

The HPC has endeavoured to minimise disruption to the services and will continue to process all applications in a timely and efficient manner so that there will be no unreasonable delay. Where possible the HPC informed all potential stakeholders of the situation in advance of the closure of the old system.

Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities

Lord Janner of Braunstone asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: Information specifically related to adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the United Kingdom is not available centrally.

The learning disability White Paper Valuing People estimated that in England there are about 210,000 people with severe and profound learning disabilities. Of these, around 65,000 are children and young people, 120,000 are adults of working age and 25,000 are older people. The definition used was those people with learning disabilities whe need significant help with daily living.

Information on the number of adults and older people with learning disabilities receiving services from social services in England at any time in 2001–02 is given in the following table, along with the numbers of these clients in council and independent sector residential care and the numbers receiving day care and home care services (the figures will include those people with mild/moderate learning disabilities). The number of day centres providing services is not recorded centrally.

Clients receiving services following assessment(12)
England 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002

Number of adults aged 18 and overPercentage of England adult population aged 18 and over
England population(13)38,046,000100
Total CSSR(14) clients1,632,0004.3
Total Learning disability clients115,0000.3
of which:
Learning disability clients in CSSR residential care6,300
Learning disability clients in Independent Sector residential care27,000
Learning disability clients receiving Day care services(15)57,000
Learning disability clients receiving Home care services(15)22,000


Department of Health, RAP forms P1 and P2f


(12) Services provided to clients who have had a community care assessment.

(13) Mid–2001 estimate from 2001 census for population aged 18 and over.

(14) Councils with social services responsibilities.

(15) Clients receiving day care and home care are counted in both groups.

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The information relating to Northern Ireland for persons with learning disabilities is as follows:

Northern Ireland—Persons with Learning Disability

Number of PersonsPercentage of Northern Ireland population aged 16+
Population aged 16+(16)1,283,000100.0
Total adults in contact with social services(17)161,00012.5
Learning disabled adults in contact with social services(17)7,4000.6
Occupied residential care places for learning disabled persons (statutory sector)260
Available residential care places for learning disabled persons (independent sector)(18)880
Learning disabled persons registered at statutory day care facilities4,300
Learning disabled persons in receipt of home care1,300


Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland: Central Returns.


(16) Mid-year estimated civilian population at June 2001.

(17) Persons aged 16+ in contact over the year 1 April 2001–

31 March 2002.

(18) Refers to care in residential homes only and excludes nursing homes. Information on number of occupied places is available only for the statutory sector; information on the independent sector is only collected in respect of available places. Figures refer to the average number of places over the year 1 April 2001–31 March 2002.

(19) Some children (aged under 16) may be included in the figures where they cannot be separately distinguished.

(20) Information is available for the statutory sector only. Day care facilities include adult training centres, social education/resource centres, workshops, day centres and social centres. Figures are in respect of the position at 31 March 2002.

(21) Refers to persons receiving domestic help and personal care and includes those receiving care as part of a care managed package. Figures are in respect of the position at 31 March 2002.

(22) Persons who receive both day care and home care are counted in both groups.

Information relating to Scotland and Wales are matters for the devolved administrations.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990: Section 3A

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will enforce the law if attempts are made to use the eggs of aborted unborn babies in fertility treatments.[HL3810]

Lord Warner: The use in fertility treatment of eggs taken from an aborted fetus is prohibited in the United Kingdom under Section 3A of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The Government will require the law to be enforced should any attempt be made to breach the Act.

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Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, Manchester

Lord Thomas of Macclesfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What support they are giving to the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre in Manchester; and whether they have any plans to increase their support.[HL3813]

Lord Warner: Major equipment for the centre is being provided via the Government's North West Science Initiative and will be funded jointly by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The North West Science Initiative funding will provide cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities to support PET (positron emission tomography) imaging, an animal PET scanner for tracer development, a high field (3T) MR scanner for functional imaging, support for developing novel PET detectors and exploring the clinical potential of monochromatic X-ray imaging, and support for building and testing two new medical imaging systems. The applicants Professor David Gordon (Manchester) and Dr Christopher Hall (Daresbury Laboratory) refer to this investment forming an institute for functional and molecular imaging (IFMI). Co-applicants include Professors Pat Price and Terry Jones, and also researchers from Liverpool and Salford. Total investment is £5.7 million split equally between MRC and EPSRC. The applicants are also involved in an MRC e-science award of a little over £1 million and a MRC co-operative.

There is no direct NHS involvement in the funding of the Wolfson Centre. However, the centre has received funding from National Translational Cancer Research Network (NTRAC) Manchester to appoint three core posts, radiochemist, radiographer and a data analyst/modeller. Further funding from NTRAC Manchester will be decided at local level. In 2002 the Department of Health announced that NTRAC nationally will receive £11.16 million over 5 years.

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will arrange a ministerial visit to the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre in view of its role in cancer treatment and the investigation of brain disorders.[HL3873]

Lord Warner: The then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health) at the Department of Health (Ms Hazel Blears) visited the site of the Wolfson Centre on 16 April 2003 during a visit to the Christie Hospital.

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