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Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: Ministers were made aware of the issues contained in the International Committee of the Red Cross interim report relating to United Kingdom armed forces, five months before they were made aware of the report. Ministers subsequently received an explanation of the handling of the full report. A formal internal inquiry has not been established.

Iraq: Fallujah

Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: Fallujah is outside the United Kingdom area of operations. Arrangements are therefore a matter for the United States.

Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: Under the rules of the war pension scheme, a pension may be awarded where, in the light of the facts of the individual case and of generally accepted scientific and medical understanding, there is a reasonable doubt that disablement is due to service in the Armed Forces. All proposed causal links are considered.

Defence Industry

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Bach: The Government's defence industrial policy, published in October 2002, is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of the UK defence industry, while continuing to provide the Armed Forces with high quality equipment at best value for money. There are a very small number of capabilities which for national security reasons we place a high priority on retaining within the United Kingdom industrial base. Examples exist in the fields of nuclear technology, defence against biological, chemical and radiological warfare, and some counter-terrorist capabilities.

Aircraft Carriers

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: As announced on 30 September 2002, the two new aircraft carriers will be configured to operate the short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the joint strike fighter. The vessels will, however, be constructed to an innovative and adaptable design which will allow us, if required in the future, to modify the vessels from their STOVL configuration to facilitate conventional flight operations, such as for aircraft requiring catapult launch and arrested recovery.

Universities: Funding

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The figures available are for the years 1994–2003. Data for 2003–04 are unavailable as the academic session has not yet concluded. The average tuition fee adjusted for inflation, in 2002–03 prices, for the years 1994–2003 paid to universities in England by overseas students (from outside the EU) based on data from HESA is as follows:
£


YearAverage fee
1994–956,264
1995–965,955
1996–976,443
1997–986,569
1998–996,529
1999–20006,421
2000–016,426
2001–026,687
2002–036,665

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Figures for funding per student in higher education in England are published annually in the Department for Education and Skills departmental report, copies of which are in the Library of the House. The latest report was published in April this year and shows planned public funding per student from 1998–99 to 2005–06.

Higher Education: Doctorates

Baroness Greengross asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Policies for selecting doctoral students are for individual higher education institutions to decide. Doctoral students can apply, in competition, for support from the research councils or the Arts and Humanities Research Board: neither the councils nor the board sets an upper age limit for support.

Government funding to higher education institutions for the teaching of post-graduates and for research does not take account of the age of students.

School Sport Partnerships

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The guidance that accompanied the PE, school sport and club links survey 2003–04 advised schools that "curriculum time" was the total time provided for PE lessons during the school day. This included changing time but not travelling time.

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer given to his question number HL 1918 on 23 March, Official Report, col. 2004 (WA 89.)

Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

Lord Adebowale asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin): The policy is to build on best court practice being piloted at Bristol and the Wirral magistrates' courts, based on procedures already in operation at Nottingham magistrates' court, by extending these procedures to all magistrates' courts where there is a suitable workload this year.

The findings of the pilot so far are that the magistrates on the specialist panels are confident of the effectiveness of their training and in the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders, and of the improvement which has been achieved in their dealing with defendants in the review process. The evaluation of statistical data from the pilot will not be undertaken until after the first anniversary of its commencement in July 2004.


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