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Housing: The Groves, Liverpool

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Baroness Andrews): I am not aware of any representations from the Lodge Lane Regeneration Group concerning the future of the Groves being received by Her Majesty's Government, although I understand that written evidence from the group was submitted earlier this year to the ODPM Select Committee's inquiry into empty homes and low demand pathfinder. The committee's report has since been published. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be responding to the Select Committee in due course.

I understand, that of the 62 empty properties in the Groves, 19 are owned by housing associations; that the Liverpool City Council and its housing association partners are currently considering a number of options for regenerating the housing market in this area; and that this consideration involves local residents and the Lodge Lane Regeneration Group.
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NHS: Amputations

Lord Brightman asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The Government agree that an amputation of a wrong limb is a tragic event. While information on such occurrences has not been systematically reported to a central patient safety database in the past, through the establishment of the National Patient Safety Agency and its national reporting and learning system we have set in train the necessary arrangements for the collection of such information at a national level.

NHS: Obesity and Slimming

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: The Government are aware of the work of Slimming World in Greater and Central Derby primary care trust (PCT). The White Paper Choosing Health makes a commitment to look into the role the independent sector, including Slimming World and programmes such as slimming on referral, can play in providing effective behaviour change programmes.

As part of the local delivery plan process, strategic health authorities are required to submit plans to tackle obesity. These have been received and are being assessed. The promised obesity care pathway, weight loss guide and obesity toolkit will help to support PCTs in delivering their plans, prior to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance in 2007.

Traffic Management: Reading

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Officials have previously received presentations on the proposal and it has also been raised in general discussions on the future direction of transport within Reading. The proposal emanates for Reading Borough Council.

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