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1 It is not possible to separate out figures relating specifically to enforcement fees.

2 It is not possible to identify figures relating to money recovered post-Payback specifically attributable to Payback activity.

3 Each area funded Payback activity from existing resources, HMCS/DCA only provided central funding for the accompanying national press campaigns.

4 Numbers of defaulters arrested during or following Operation Paybacks are not available. Some defaulters were detained in court to serve a one-day sentence (i.e. the defaulter was required to remain in court until the court rose).

5 Some areas ran Payback on different dates due to operational reasons (e.g. clashes with Inside Justice Week).



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Debt

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): The Government want to see access to free, impartial debt advice for all who need it. We are spending £47.5 million on rolling out face-to-face debt advice for the financially excluded. This will fund the recruitment and training of more than 500 new advisers. These will help tens of thousands of consumers to make informed choices on how to handle their debt problems. We have also helped fund the National Debtline, which is now able to provide telephone advice to more than 120,000 clients.

Providers of debt consolidation must be licensed under the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The Consumer Credit Act 2006 provides the Office of Fair Trading with new powers to take action where licensees do not meet the necessary standards. It also enables borrowers to challenge a credit relationship which is unfair. In addition, legislation provides for protection against misleading advertisements and against fraud.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Philip Anschutz

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: On 30 October 2005 the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport attended a private dinner hosted by Matthew Freud at which guests included Philip Anschutz and another representative of Anschutz Entertainment Group.

On 31 October 2005, the Minister for Sport, and officials, attended a dinner hosted by Lord Heseltine at which Philip Anschutz was present.

Details of these meetings were previously provided in the Answer of 20 December 2005 (Official Report, cols. 2654W-2656W) to the honourable Member for North-East Cambridgeshire (Mr Moss) and in the Answer of 17 July 2006 (Official Report, cols. 94W-95W) to the honourable Member for East Devon (Mr Swire).

Equality: Departmental Responsibility

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Department for Communities and Local Government brings together responsibilities from across government for social cohesion and equality, recognising the importance of equality across government and the necessity of collaboration in delivery. There is a natural synergy between matters of equality and the way we live in our communities. In taking forward these responsibilities, the Department for Communities and Local Government has a wider role as a champion of equality across government, in close liaison with the Department for Work and Pensions, which has lead responsibility for policy on disability and age equality policy because of the close links with welfare reform and pensions, and the Department of Trade and Industry, with its responsibilities in the field of employment.

Festivals: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Yes. My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland (Maria Eagle) announced in a press release on 15 December 2006 on the arrangements for the Community Festivals Fund for 2007-08 that a contingency had been set aside for the possibility of a reduced level of transitional funding for specified festivals in 2007.

Firearms: Certificates

Lord Morrow asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has provided the following information:

01/02/2005 - 31/01/200601/02/2006 - 31/01/2007
GrantedRefusedGrantedRefused

Applications

12,486

186

23,950

152

Notes:

1. It is not possible to provide information about the number of refused applicants who have no criminal convictions.

2. Firearm certificates are no longer renewed. A person whose certificate has expired is subject to the full grant process.

3. The increase in processed applications in 2006-07 reflects a clearance of a backlog of applications from the previous year.



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Food: Labelling

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): At its meeting on 9 March 2006 the Food Standards Agency's board made recommendations for a voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling approach that could be used by all manufacturers and retailers.

An independent study to evaluate the impact of front-of-pack nutrition signpost labelling systems that are being used in the United Kingdom is being set up. The study is expected to identify what works best for consumers in terms of improving their understanding of healthy eating messages and motivating them to change their behaviour.

Gambling: Casinos

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Ministers are considering the implications of the proceedings in both Houses of Parliament on 28 March, in respect of the Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licenses) Order 2007, and will make a further announcement in due course.

Government: Lyons Review

Baroness Scott of Needham Market asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Lyons inquiry is estimated to cost about £1.76 million. In addition, £464,637 of funding has been provided by the Government for research commissioned by the inquiry.

Gulf War Illnesses

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): Records from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency show that the term Gulf War syndrome, which includes the umbrella term Gulf War syndrome, has been used by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal in allowing the appeals of some 30 individuals. This figure has been rounded to the nearest five for data protection purposes and to reflect the level of accuracy associated with data obtained from administrative systems.

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Drayson: No veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf Conflict have pensions awarded to them solely under the umbrella term Gulf War syndrome as war pensions are awarded only for accepted disablements. Where accepted disablements relate to a veteran's service in connection with the 1990-91 Gulf conflict, the umbrella term can be applied to those disablements.

As at 31 December 2006, approximately 60 individuals had war pensions or gratuities with the term Gulf War syndrome, including the umbrella term, accepted by the Veterans Agency. This figure has been rounded to the nearest five for data protection purposes and to reflect the level of accuracy associated with data obtained from administrative systems.

Health: Emergency Treatment

Baroness Taylor of Bolton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Where possible it is normal practice for healthcare workers to seek information on vaccination status of the individual during the clinical record taking.

Health: Food Supplements and Herbal Remedies

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The regulation puts in place various transitional periods, and associated conditions, which allow health claims to continue to be made following the application date of 1 July and until the Community list of health claims has been adopted. These transitional periods relate to the health claim, rather than the product or nature of supporting evidence.

The specific transitional period for claims, which refer to slimming or weight control and psychological behavioural functions, allows claims on the market prior to 19 January 2007 to continue to be used on the condition that an application for authorisation has been made prior to 19 January 2008.

The controls for claims referring to children's development and health were added late in negotiations and as a result a specific transitional period could be included with an amendment on comitology currently being discussed. Both the Council and Commission have indicated that they would support this, if proposed by the European Parliament.

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Both Guernsey and Jersey have indicated their willingness to apply relevant European Union legislation. In the mean time, no meetings have yet been deemed necessary.

Officials from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the department, met officials from the Government of Guernsey on 17 December 2003. The MHRA has had no meetings with the Government of Jersey. Following the MHRA's assessment of the current consultation exercise of the Government of Guernsey on medicines legislation, the MHRA will be writing to the Governments of both Guernsey and Jersey asking for meetings.

Health: Homeopathic Hospitals

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): There are five homeopathic hospitals in the United Kingdom (Glasgow, London, Bristol, Tunbridge Wells and Liverpool). These hospitals fall under the jurisdiction of the National Health Service in the area in which they are based. Any decisions on the services any of these hospitals provide are the responsibility of those NHS healthcare organisations. Although the department provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England, it is for local NHS organisations to plan, develop and improve services for local people.

Health: Infant Vaccinations and Boosters

Baroness Taylor of Bolton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The latest annual estimate of one, two and five year-old children immunised against tetanus can be found in tables one to three published in NHS immunisation statistics, England: 2005-06 at the following link:

While we have not estimated the proportion of the population who have not received appropriate tetanus vaccinations, the incidence of tetanus in this country remains low.


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