|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
A national working group to include senior trades union representation has been established to relaunch and revitalise the KSF to ensure that all NHS staff paid under Agenda for Change have a yearly development review based on the KSF resulting in a personal development plan.
How many orphan medicines or medicines for orphan diseases have been appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); what percentage of such medicines received (a) positive; (b) restricted; and (c) negative guidance on their usage in the National Health Service; and what percentage of standard medicines considered
3 May 2007 : Column WA238
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Between March 2000 and December 2006 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a total of 75 technology appraisals of pharmaceutical products, including reviews of existing appraisals. From this total, 15 appraisals covered one or more pharmaceutical products that have been awarded orphan drug status by the United States of America's Food and Drug Administration or the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, for the treatment of conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 persons in the USA or fewer than five per 10,000 persons in the European Union. Of these:four appraisals recommended routine use within the licensed indications of the products being appraised (27 per cent);10 recommended the use of some but not necessarily all the drugs being appraised for use by specific patient groups (66 per cent); andone recommended use in the context of further research (7 per cent).
How much cord blood is collected annually in the United Kingdom; what percentage is discarded; and what estimate they have made of the number of National Health Service patients who travel overseas annually to receive treatments involving adult stem cells derived from cord blood. [HL3273]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Government do not collect figures of the quantity of cord blood collected across the United Kingdom. However, the British Bone Marrow Registry also contains information about the number of units banked in Northern Ireland (189). Scotland is now planning to set up a cord blood bank but there is nothing in Wales so far. The NHS cord blood bank has collected more than 9,000 cord blood samples for
3 May 2007 : Column WA239
There are no central records of patients who go abroad for cord blood transplantation. If National Health Service patients require a cord blood transplant which is not available in the NHS cord blood bank it can be imported from a suitable overseas bank for NHS treatment. The Government are aware that some UK patients travel abroad to undergo experimental or private procedures.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The Commons Refreshment Department took the decision recently to cease the purchase of fair trade bananas. As a result, the Lords Refreshment Department will be unable to procure fair trade bananas from the Commons. The Lords Refreshment Department investigated alternative supply routes and identified a potential supplier. The supplier proposed purchasing terms that would have required the House to order a minimum of 18 to 19 kilogrammes of fair trade bananas per delivery. This is three times in excess of the House's daily needs and would have resulted in significant wastage. The supplier was also unable to guarantee consistent quality and a regular supply of bananas.
Based on this information, the department took the decision not to pursue the contract on the grounds that it would not prove cost-effective or meet the practical needs of the House. The department continues to support the sale of fair trade products in its outlets and will explore other supply routes for fair trade bananas that become available.
Lord Rooker: There was no commitment made at St Andrews to introduce legislation relating to Ulster Scots; consultation on whether Ulster Scots should be included in the Irish language legislation was therefore not considered appropriate.
Punitive house demolitionsthe demolition of the homes of the families of suicide bombers and militantswere suspended on 17 February 2005. However, due to Israeli restrictions on the granting of housing permits to Palestinians in Jerusalem, Palestinians often build houses without obtaining permits. These homes are then demolished and heavy fines imposed. We are concerned about Israel's policy of house demolitions, especially in east Jerusalem, which leaves hundreds of Palestinians homeless each year and threatens to change the nature of some areas of the city. We have repeatedly raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 29 March (HL2934), how many (a) national insurance contributions and (b) benefit payments were made during 2006 in respect of the approximately 76 million national insurance numbers held on the customer information system of the Department for Work and Pensions. [HL3131]
How many of the 76,719,264 national insurance numbers currently held by the Department for Work and Pensions customer information system are those of deceased persons; what is their policy on retaining national insurance numbers of deceased persons; and what arrangements there are for the registrar-general to notify the department of deaths. [HL3359]
At present, national insurance numbers are not removed if someone dies. This is because a partner may make a claim for a contributory benefit, which is dependent on the contribution record of the deceased individual. This means that the number of accounts held on the system accrues as national insurance numbers are allocated each year.
The DWP receives notifications of death from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales, the general-registrar (Scotland) and the general-registrar (Northern Ireland) on a weekly basis. Dates of death are also received from next of kin in advance of notifications from registrars, particularly where social security benefits are in payment.
How many potential recruits have been rejected on the grounds of religion since the creation of the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and what is that number as a percentage of the total recruited. [HL3065]
The number of non-Catholic recruits that are expected to be rejected as a result of the 50:50 provisions is 708. This figure is a projection based on the likely number of appointments to be made from each recruitment exercise up to and including the Campaign 11.
How many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by the Department for Transport and its agencies; what services can be accessed by calling each of them; and what revenue has been received from them between September 2004 and September 2006. [HL3301]
|Number of Non-geographic telephone numbers||Services accessed from each||Revenue received between Sept 2004 and Sept 2006||Comments|
Whether they will make representations to the Government of Vietnam about the recommendations made by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, in its report Vietnam: Twelve Human Rights Defenders Have the Floor. [HL3414]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): We, with our EU partners, regularly raise human rights issues with the Vietnamese Government. The biannual EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue, which was established in 2003, is the main forum for raising our concerns. The most recent dialogue was held on 20 December 2006.
The EU and other like-minded partners have lobbied the Vietnamese focusing on the recent actions against dissident groups and individual political activists in Vietnam on three separate occasions since the beginning of March.
|Next Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|