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Flags

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The veterinary services building on the Mall, Armagh city, is owned by the Department of Finance and Personnel.

The Union flag is flown at the above building on the appropriate dates, as specified in the Flags Regulations.

Forensic Science Laboratory

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI) is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to the latest ISO 17025-2005 standard. UKAS accreditation is voluntary except in the case of uploading DNA profiles to the national DNA database, and, although accreditation is an assurance of a recognised standard, it is not a pre-requisite for providing forensic science evidence in criminal cases.

Some forensic science disciplines are not intrinsically suited to being UKAS accredited due to their complex and varied methodologies. FSNI's range of accreditation is, however, one of the widest of all forensic science providers.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI) has twice had its accreditation suspended. On the first occasion, in June 2001, FSNI voluntarily suspended accreditation for the physical methods section in the laboratory. Physical methods do glass and paint comparisons. The suspension was as a result of non-adherence to the documented quality system within that area. No other areas were suspended at that time, and UKAS accreditation for physical methods was reinstated in March 2002.

As accreditation is not a pre-requisite to practice as a forensic science provider, there was no effect on the work done by that section during suspension.

In May 2002, FSNI had the testing aspect of accreditation suspended following a UKAS inspection. Accreditation for calibration was not suspended. This was as a result of a number of quality management related issues, including using the UKAS logo on reports for physical methods cases during the time that accreditation was suspended. The process of re-accreditation began in December 2004, when those sections put forward for accreditation were successful. Full accreditation was completed in April 2006.

Freedom of Information

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Several national legislatures, including the United States Congress, are not covered by their countries' freedom of information (FOI) legislation. The Government do not have an exhaustive list, and the circumstances will depend on FOI systems in the specific countries.

Gambling: Casinos

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government are considering the implications of the proceedings in both Houses of Parliament on 28 March, in respect of the Gambling (Geographical. Distribution of Casino

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Premises Licenses) Order 2007, and will make a further announcement in due course.

Health: Dentistry

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Data for before 2000-01 are not available. Tables have been placed in the Library showing data on consultants who provide dental public health advice, as at 30 September, for 2001-06.

Lord Colwyn asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Analysis of historic treatment patterns suggests that, for the majority of dentists, the introduction of single-use reamers and files for endodontic treatment is likely to have a relatively small impact on overall practice expenses. Costs will vary, however, between practitioners, and the department is undertaking further work to understand better the range of potential costs.

This work will enable the department to consider what advice may need to be given to primary care trusts on additional costs in 2007-08 and what proposals may need to be made in evidence to the review body on doctors' and dentists' remuneration.

Health: Hospital Treatment

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Arrangements are predicated on the existence of a contract between the local commissioning authority (primary care trust in England or health board in Scotland) and the healthcare provider. However, the opportunity for a patient to choose where their primary care professional refers them for a first outpatient appointment, including access to the Choosing Your Hospital National Menu, exists only for National Health Service patients resident in England. Similar arrangements exist for NHS patients in Wales.



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Health: Incontinence Items

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Drug Tariff lists more than 5,800 incontinence and stoma appliances provided by 68 suppliers. The annual cost to primary care is about £169 million a year.

The proposals set out in the consultation document Arrangements for the Reimbursement Pricing of Stoma and Incontinence Appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff could deliver savings of £27 million per annum to primary care.

Regarding the proposals set out in Arrangements for the Remuneration of Services Relating to Appliances within Part IX of the Drug Tariff, the department is not anticipating any saving for primary care.

Health: Patients

Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Data are not collected on admission to different types of hospital ward. The following table shows the number of admissions of male and female patients to the care of consultants in different specialties in the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Count of finished consultant episodes by specified main specialties and genderData for National Health Service hospitals England, data years 2004-05 and 2005-06
2004-05
Main specialty codeMain specialtyMaleFemaleUnknown/unspecified

110

Trauma and orthopaedics

455,712

483,784

65

170

Cardio-thoracic

43,370

19,995

2

320

Cardiology

240,693

151,886

33

321

Paediatric cardiology

1,070

826

0

100

General surgery

721,479

746,037

119

430

Geriatric medicine

245,874

361,501

56

Other specialties

4,275,435

5,957,031

1,482

Total

5,983,633

7,721,060

1,757



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Count of finished consultant episodes by specified main specialties and genderData for National Health Service hospitals England, data years 2004-05 and 2005-06
2005-06
Main specialty codeMain specialtyMaleFemaleUnknown/unspecified

110

Trauma and orthopaedics

469,385

504,357

153

170

Cardio-thoracic

40,853

19,563

1

320

Cardiology

267,835

171,274

24

321

Paediatric cardiology

2,150

1,781

1

100

General surgery

744,406

774,059

190

430

Geriatric medicine

249,106

363,504

57

Other specialties

4,529,510

6,283,738

1,559

Total

6,303,245

8,118,276

1,985


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