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Whether they are satisfied that neither the use of organophosphates as pesticides nor of pyridostigmine bromide to protect against nerve gas could have exposed troops involved in the 199091 Gulf conflict to neurotoxins; and when pyridostigmine bromide was last given to British troops. [HL4496]
Lord Bach: Our approach continues to be guided by the balance of scientific evidence available. No case of acute organophosphate poisoning was recorded in UK troops in the Gulf in 199091. The current balance of evidence does not support the existence of adverse health effects arising from long-term low dose organophosphate exposure.
The published peer-reviewed scientific evidence confirms that there can be short-term effects associated with pyridostigmine, and these were identified in personnel in the 199091 Gulf conflict. However, the adverse effects reduce and disappear when the use of pyridostigmine bromide is discontinued. Pyridostigmine bromide in the form of nerve agent pre-treatment set (NAPS) tablets was last issued to Service personnel deployed during OP TELIC in 2003.
Lord Bach: There were no visits by Royal Navy vessels to Chilean ports during July and August this year. A visit from HMS "Leeds Castle" was planned, but in the event, the port visit offered by the Chilean authorities proved impractical due to time and distance constraints.
|Attack Submarines:||HMS "Spartan"||2006|
|Type 42 Batch 1||HMS "Cardiff"||2005|
|Type 23 Frigates:||HMS "Norfolk"||2005|
|Mine Counter Measure||HMS "Sandown"||2005|
|Northern Ireland||HMS "Cottesmore"||2006|
|Patrol Vessels:||HMS "Brecon"||2007|
|Auxiliary Oiler:||RFA "Grey Rover"||2007|
|Landing Ship Logistics:||RFA "Sir Percivale"||2005|
|RFA "Sir Tristram"||2006|
|RFA "Sir Galahad"||2006|
|Inshore Survey||HMS "Gleaner"||2007|
Lord Bach: There are no plans to dispose of Royal Navy fixed-wing aircraft in the period up to the end of 2007. The Sea Harrier FA2 aircraft, which form part of joint force Harrier and come under the command and control of RAF strike command, will be withdrawn from service by 31 March 2006 and will be available subsequently for disposal.
Lord Bach: The only planned disposal of Royal Navy helicopters between now and the end of 2007 are the withdrawal from service of the remaining two Sea King Mk6 aircraft. This will take place by March 2006.
Lord Bach: Colonel Bhatt worked as a service consultant physician in the Gulf Veterans' Medical Assessment Programme from November 1996 to June 1997. As was made clear in paragraph 14 of the Gulf Veterans' Illnesses: A New Beginning document, published on 14 July 1997, he left at his own request to go to another post.
Lord Bach: Following refurbishment and reactivation, HMCS "Chicoutimi" (formerly HMS "Upholder") met all appropriate Royal Navy standards for acceptance and operational service, by the handover to the Canadians on 2 October 2004. The Royal Navy endorsed the submarine's clearance for sea using the Royal Navy's acceptance procedures.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The revaluation of the English domestic property stock will start after the antecedent valuation date (AVD) that being 1 April 2005. Thereafter a new property list based on the values as at the AVD will be published in draft on 1 September 2006, six months before the list comes into force for council tax billing purposes on 1 April 2007.
What would have been the total cost this year if the ceilings applied to the new formula grant scheme for local authorities in England, broken down by class of authority, had not been applied and floors had been maintained. [HL4666]
Lord Rooker: The White Paper Strong Local LeadershipQuality Public Services announced our intention of having floors and ceilings within the local government finance settlement. The floors ensure that all authorities receive a reasonable increase in grant each year on a like-for-like basis. These must be paid for within the total amount of grant that goes to authorities each year. If there had been no ceilings then the full cost of the floor would have to have been met by the scaling factor.
|Floor and ceiling group||Cost of the floor|
|Authorities with education and PSS responsibilities||96.876474|
|Police Authorities (including GLA police services)||106.181443|
|Fire Authorities (including GLA fire services)||11.554286|
How much diabetes types 1 and 2 cost the National Health Service annually; whether they will institute a universal screening programme for type 2 diabetes; and whether they will provide funding for the self-monitoring of blood glucose for those with type 2 diabetes.[HL4575] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The recent report by Wanless Securing good health for the whole population: Final reportFebruary 2004 states that the total cost of treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes is £1.3 billion per year.
The evidence does not support general population screening for type 2 diabetes. There is emerging evidence to suggest that it may be clinically and cost effective to screen specific sub-groups of the population who are at high risk of developing diabetes. The National Service Framework for Diabetes: Delivery Strategy committed the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) to advise the Department of Health by 2005 on the most effective policy for screening for type 2 diabetes. The NSC is undertaking a project to assess the feasibility of screening in primary care those at greatest risk of diabetes.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance of management of type 2 diabetesblood glucose in September 2002. Funding to meet recommendations of the NICE has been included in the allocations made to primary care trusts for the period 200304 to 200506. However, this funding is not separately identified. The total of PCT allocations is £45 billion for 200304, £49.3 billion for 200405 and £53.9 billion for 200506. This represents an increase of £12.7 billion or an average of 30.8 per cent over the three years 200304 to 200506. Therefore the Secretary of State for Health expects patients treated under the criteria in the NICE guidance to have their therapy funded by the PCT trust.
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