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Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: The most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), of adults aged 19–64, is being published in five volumes. The first volume was published in December 2002. The second and third volumes were published in July 2003. The fourth and fifth volumes will be published in 2004.

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The information requested in these questions is contained in the three volumes of the NDNS of adults already published or in earlier surveys of children aged 4–18 and of older adults aged 65 plus. I am arranging for copies of all these surveys to be placed in the Library.

Compared with figures for women aged 16–24 years in the last survey of adults in 1986–87, the proportions below the lower reference nutrient intake for women aged 19–24 in the most recent survey of adults are higher for vitamin A and iron, lower for vitamin B12 and unchanged for zinc. There are no lower reference nutrient intakes set for manganese or copper.

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Health Development Agency and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence have access to copies of very low carbohydrate diets revisited by Jeff S Volek and Eric C Westman, published by the Cleveland Clinical Journal of Medicine in November 2002; whether they have any plans to meet with representatives of Atkins Nutritionals Inc to discuss their experiences with such diets; and, if not, why not.[HL5547]

Lord Warner: The Health Development Agency (HDA) and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have access to all published scientific papers in this area.

The HDA is currently developing guidance on the prevention and treatment of obesity with NICE in accordance with NICE's open and transparent processes.

The HDA has encouraged all interested parties including Atkins Nutritionals Inc, to register with NICE as a stakeholder so that they can comment during the development of this guidance. They have subsequently done so.

UNAIDS: Questionnaire

Baroness Northover asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to submit their report, under the United Nations General Assembly agreements made in 2001, on how they are tackling HIV and AIDS.[HL5501]

Lord Warner: The questionnaire seeking information for inclusion in the report has not yet been received within the Department of Health. We are pursuing the matter with UNAIDS and will submit the completed questionnaire as soon as we are able. The report will reflect the Government's policy on HIV and AIDS as set out in the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV and associated documents.

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London Railway Lines: Power Supply

Lord Christopher asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 November (WA 119), from what dates each of the affected railways' lines serving London will have adequate power supplies to allow the new trains to be brought fully into use.[HL5563]

Lord Davies of Oldham: Work is not being contracted by individual lines. Instead, there are four framework contracts, one each for London, Kent, Sussex and Wessex. Individual items of work will be organised within those frameworks and, in many cases, will benefit more than a single route. The upgrade as a whole is due to be completed in 2005 by which time we all expect slam door trains to have been withdrawn from passenger service and the replacement rolling stock brought fully into use.

Independent International Commission on Decommissioning

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    (a) what has been the total cost of the IICD since it was appointed;

    (b) what has been the contribution of the Government of the Republic of Ireland towards that cost;

    (c) whether the accounts of the commission are audited;

    (d) to whom the auditor's report is presented; and

    (e) whether any such auditor's report is available.[HL5047]

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): (a) and (b) The commission's running costs are shared equally between the British and Irish Governments. The British Government's share of the costs, since the establishment of the commission to the end of September 2003 is £3,594,888. (c) The accounts of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning are audited by the Comptroller & Auditor-General in the Republic of Ireland. (d) Article 9 of the international agreement which established the IICD requires that the auditor's reports be submitted to the British and Irish Governments. (e) The auditor's report is included with the audited accounts, copies of which have been placed in the Library. The most recent audited accounts available relate to 2001: the Republic of Ireland's financial year is coincident with the calendar year.

North/South Implementation Bodies

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9 September, what progress has been made in the provision of pensions for staff of the implementation bodies.[HL5087]

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Baroness Amos: Since the previous Written Answer on this subject, progress continues to be made on all aspects of the pension scheme for staff of the North/South Implementation Bodies. Consultation with stakeholders in both jurisdictions has been of a more comprehensive nature than was first envisaged but the issue is being addressed and taken forward by the two administrations as quickly as possible.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 September (WA 5), whether all the bodies have now supplied final accounts for 2000, 2001 and 2002 to the North/South Ministerial Council; if not, which bodies have not yet supplied such accounts; and why.[HL5088]

Baroness Amos: The position regarding final accounts is shown in the attached table.

Body YearFinal Accounts Provided to NSMC? If not, the reason
Trade and Business Development Body2000Yes
The Food Safety Promotion Board2000Yes
2001NoThe 2001 Accounts were submitted in May 2002 and the certification took longer than anticipated. The Accounts were certified in June 2003 and will be submitted to the NSMC shortly.
2002NoAudit fieldwork has been completed. Further work is required before the Accounts can be signed off.
Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission2000No2000 Accounts have been certified, these will be submitted shortly to the NSMC.
2001NoThe 2001 and 2000 Accounts will be certified by the end of December 2003. Current delay is due to a delay in finalising the accounts of the Loughs.
Waterways Ireland2000Yes
2001 2002No NoAccounts for 2001 were certified on 28 October 2003 and will be submitted shortly to NSMC. Accounts for 2002 are with the Comptrollers and Auditors General and it is expected that these will be signed off soon.
Special EU Programmes Body2000Yes
2002NoThe Comptrollers and Auditors General have certified the accounts; they will be submitted shortly to the NSMC. The accounts are currently with Ministers in Sponsor Departments for consideration.
North/South Language Body2000 2001 2002No No NoDepartments have recently agreed the format for Consolidated Accounts for the North/South Language Body with the Comptrollers and Auditors General.

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