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Lord Bach: We are pleased to advise this House that the Government have decided to make a grant-in-aid of £250,000 a year for an initial period of three years to the National Memorial Arboretum Company Limited towards the running costs of the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire. This will be subject to the Ministry of Defence and the National Memorial Arboretum Company Limited signing a management statement and financial memorandum which define the terms under which the grant-in-aid will be managed.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Government are providing support to local authorities in the Hull area in a number of key areas. On housing, major repairs allowance for the maintenance of council housing of over £16.5 million has been provided for 200304 in Hull. On neighbourhood renewal, NRF funding for Hull between 2001 and 2006 amounts to £31.8 million.
In April 2000 the Government granted £55 million over a 10-year period to the Preston Road NDC (New Deal for Communities) programme. The programme aims to deliver economic prosperity, safer communities,
More generally the Government are working closely with Kingston-upon-Hull City Council, through an appointed lead official, to support improvement in the performance of the council and in the services it provides.
Lord Warner: The Office for National Statistics routinely publishes weekly estimates of deaths registered in England and Wales. These indicated 907 more deaths registered in the week ending 15 August, which included the day on which the hottest temperature was recorded. During the majority of other weeks in the summer, numbers of deaths registered were below the seasonal average. On average, 34 per cent of deaths registered each week during July and August occurred in those aged 7584 and 31 per cent in those aged 85 and over. These proportions did not vary according to the temperatures recorded in each week, including week ending 15 August, and thus there is no evidence of a differential impact on older age groups.
To support National Health Service managers in anticipating circumstances of weather related high demand, the Department of Health, together with the Meteorologicial Office, ran a weather forecast/health demand trial project, Forecasting the Nation's Health, supported by Treasury "Invest to Save" funding, over the winter of 200102 and 200203. It used weather forecasts and research data to provide NHS managers with advance warning of the impacts of weather and other key factors on health, and therefore hospital
This work is without precedent internationally. The trial project has been completed and there are two external evaluations to look at the reliability and value of such workload forecasting for the NHS, following which the department will consider future development in this area.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Employees who believe that they have been dismissed unfairly can complain to an employment tribunal, generally subject to a qualifying period of service. From 2 December 2003 it will be unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee on grounds of the employee's religion or belief. It is for the tribunals to decide whether any particular dismissal is fair or unfair in the light of all the circumstances and whether discrimination has occurred.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Employees who believe that they have been dismissed unfairly can complain to an employment tribunal, generally subject to a qualifying period of service. From 2 December 2003 it will be unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee on grounds of the employee's religion or belief. It is for the tribunals to decide whether any particular dismissal is fair or unfair in the light of all the circumstances and whether discrimination has occurred.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Current consumer law places the onus of responsibility for faulty goods primarily with the seller rather than the manufacturer. The law requires that goods must be fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality and if they are not, the consumer can request a full refund of their money within a reasonable time. Furthermore, for up to six years after purchase consumers can demand damages, or a repair or replacement. Any guarantee given by the manufacturer after 31 March is legally binding and can be enforced through the courts.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): The two voyages by the vessel referred to were carried out under the fisheries science partnership between CEFAS and the NFFO. The findings will be made public once analysis has been completed and considered jointly by both members of the partnership.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Details of departmental openness contacts are already published in the Civil Service Yearbook. They are also published as an appendix to the Monitoring Report on the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, published annually. Copies of these documents are available in the Libraries of the House.
As the Government response to the Select Committee indicates, the Cabinet Office is currently compiling a list of departmental contacts tasked with ensuring that the ombudsman receives prompt responses to requests for information. This list will be of use primarily to the ombudsman and her staff, but I shall send a copy to the noble Lord when it is ready.
Lord Davies of Oldham: A number of options are under consideration between Union Railways (North), the designers of section 2 of the Channel Tunnel rail link, Chelsfield/Stanhope, the promoters of the Stratford City development and the London Borough of Newham, the local planning authority. A decision on the most appropriate form for the link has not yet been taken.
Lord Davies of Oldham: Operation of the Eurostar service following completion of section 2 of the Channel Tunnel rail link will require some form of maintenance and servicing facility at Temple Mills. My department is discussing with London & Continental Railways, the promoters of the Channel Tunnel rail link, what facilities should be provided at Temple Mills, and the implications for the present Eurostar facility at North Pole. No decisions have yet been taken.
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