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Accident Statistics

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The DTI no longer provides a service on accident statistics. Information on fatalities can be obtained from the Health and Safety Executive: tel. 0870 1545500 and the Office for National Statistics:, tel. 0845 6013034; or for non-fatalities, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents:, tel. 0870 7772171.

Applied Construction Research

Baroness Perry of Southwark asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: There are no consolidated figures available on applied construction research spend across the government. The largest single sponsor of applied construction research remains the DTI, augmented by research underpinning building regulation undertaken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
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Figures available—1997 to date:

Year£ Million
1997–98£24 million
1998–99£22 million
1999–2000£22 million
2000–01£21.1 million

Construction responsibility moved to the DTI in June 2001 with DTLR/ODPM retaining the building regulations research programme.

Combined DTI/ODPM spend for the last three full financial years are:
Year£ Million
2001–02£19.4 million
2002–03£19.4 million
2003–04£15.7 million

The reduced government funding in 2003–04 reflects a reduced DTI commitment under the framework agreement with the Building Research Establishment, under which the Government guaranteed the BRE research activity for the first five years of its operation in the private sector.

Public Sector Contracts

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The tender process for the appointment of a service provider for the web portal for lower value public sector contract opportunities (currently proposed to be called is currently scheduled to conclude in the award of a contract on or around the 4 July 2005.

The intention is that the service will be launched operationally by early October 2005.

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Figures on contracts valued at less than £100,000 are not collected centrally.
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The Government do not yet collect comprehensive or detailed data on the division between contracts awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses. More informal survey work indicates that in recent years the majority of contracts (by number, but not by value) have been awarded to SMEs. It was announced in the 2004 Pre-Budget Report that the Small Business Service would be working with departments, including the Office of Government Commerce, to review the pattern of existing government procurement from SMEs, reporting on progress by Budget 05; and would collate and publish this information on an annual basis. This will enable departments to improve the effectiveness of their procurement systems.

Rehab UK

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): A letter has been received from Rehab UK. We are looking into the circumstances described in the letter and will reply soon.

We recognise the value of rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries. This spring, the Government will publish the national service framework for people with long-term conditions. This will make recommendations that people with a long-term condition (such as those triggered by a brain injury) are given rehabilitation and ongoing support to enable them to be more involved in their community and to seek work opportunities or remain in work.

Residential Drug Rehabilitation Units

The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The National Treatment Agency's online residential directory provides an online information source about vacancies in residential drug rehabilitation units in England. The most recent monthly statistic, for December 2004, showed an average vacancy rate of 368 beds per week. This represents a national occupancy rate of 83 per cent.

The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: The knowledge, skills and performance standards required for commissioners of substance misuse treatment are set out in the Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards. The National Treatment Agency recently carried out a training programme for commissioners, and plans are under-way to train new commissioners who entered posts after this training programme took place. Commissioners were recently surveyed to ensure consistent practice in commissioning treatment.

NHS: Physical Assaults

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The information requested has not been collected centrally hitherto but a new national reporting system for physical assaults against National Health Service staff is being put in place.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Outstanding claims on Defra in respect of the foot and mouth dispute exist only where the claim is being disputed or has been rejected or is subject to arbitration. While we would like to draw a line under this matter by settling all outstanding claims, we can only do so when the amount claimed is correct and has been justified. There are several different categories of claim against Defra arising as a result of the outbreaks that remain unsettled. These comprise:

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Defra has not yet finalised payments totalling £40 million to 57 contractors who provided services or who claimed to have provided services during FMD in 2001. Nine of these cases are in the High Court, one is the subject of a police investigation and one has been referred to the Special Compliance Office of the Inland Revenue as the relevant investigating authority.

Defra is disputing charges totalling £3.2 million from 29 valuers who undertook livestock valuations during FMD.

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