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Alcohol

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): We do not collect this information centrally. The alcohol nurse specialists are not the only staff who deliver brief interventions; they can be undertaken by other healthcare workers and appropriate professionals in other settings, such as probation officers in the criminal justice setting.

Buses

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Concessionary travel is a devolved policy area and the devolved Administrations have their own arrangements in place.

From 1 April 2008, people aged 60 and over and eligible disabled people in England will be entitled to free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England, not just within their local area as at present. This is provided for in the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007.

The Act contains a power to allow, via future secondary legislation, for the possibility of mutual recognition of bus passes across the UK. The Department for Transport had initial discussions with the devolved Administrations last year about the proposal and all indicated support for inclusion of this power. However, it was also acknowledged that we would need to discuss it further and work together to resolve various technical and resource issues before mutual recognition could be pursued in practice.



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Children: Missing

Lord Bradley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): This is a matter for individual police forces.

China: Tibet

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The EU raised Runggye Adak's case with the Chinese Government on 21 August, following his detention in Lithang on 1 August 2007, and continues to monitor his case. We regularly urge China to lift restrictions on freedom of expression, including free speech, in line with international standards. My right honourable friend the Minister for the Olympics and London (Tessa Jowell) raised freedom of expression during her visit to Beijing from 11 to 15 November. We continue to raise our concerns about minority rights in Tibet both bilaterally and through the EU.

Cultural Olympiad

Lord Addington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: We are working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and with a number of our non-departmental public bodies, to deliver a range of projects that will inspire and involve young people and will generate a positive legacy. Leaving a legacy for continued participation beyond 2012 is a significant consideration of the planning and development of projects.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Davies of Oldham: We expect the funding of the Cultural Olympiad to come from a range of private and public sources. The positive outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review enables our non-departmental public bodies to spend some of their budget on the Cultural Olympiad. LOCOG's sponsors are keen to play a part in the Cultural Olympiad, but it is too early to say the extent to which they will offer specific funding or value-in-kind.

LOCOG will deliver all the component parts of the host city contract. This includes the mandatory ceremonies element of the Cultural Olympiad, including the torch relay and ceremonies which are funded by LOCOG's privately financed budget. LOCOG continues to develop the programmes to deliver these projects within its £2 billion budget.

LOCOG is also working closely with a range of organisations to deliver a number of nationwide projects. It is too early to specify the precise component parts of tier 2 of the Cultural Olympiad as these projects are currently in the planning and development stage—which includes consideration of costs and funding.

Tier 3 of the Cultural Olympiad—a UK festival of culture—is also undergoing further development. LOCOG anticipates that this will be led by arts and cultural organisations inspired by the opportunities to link to the London Games.

The Legacy Trust, which has £40 million of funding, will be launched in November 2007. It will provide an additional source of funding for Cultural Olympiad projects.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum (CACAF) is attended by officials from the nations and regions who are working to ensure that the whole of the UK benefits from the Cultural Olympiad.

CACAF has had a number of discussions on regional and UK-wide plans, including contributing to plans for all tier 2 projects to have a UK-wide element, and to the role that the creative programmers will play in opening up opportunities in all nations and regions of the UK.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The overall structure of the Cultural Olympiad is: tier 1, the mandatory ceremonies; tier 2, the major projects specified in the bid book; and tier 3, the UK-wide cultural festival.

Tier 1, led by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), includes: handover ceremonies in 2008; the opening and closing ceremonies in 2012; medal ceremonies; team welcome ceremonies; the torch relay; and Olympic youth camp.

Within tier 2, there are 10 major projects in development. The working titles of these are: film and video nation; artists taking the lead; 2012 sounds; international museums exhibition; live sites; international Shakespeare festival; world festival of youth culture; 2012 carnival; world cultural festival; and celebration of disability arts and sport.

LOCOG, working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is working in partnership with a number of bodies to develop the vision, scope and detailed business plan for each of these projects, including a consideration of costs and options for funding. Further details will be announced shortly.

Tier three, the UK-wide cultural festival, will include a number of cultural events in each region and nation of the UK. Creative programmers have been appointed to shape this programme of events.

Lord Addington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government's legacy action plan will be published in the next few months. It will explain to the public how the Government will deliver their commitments for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as set out in Our Promise for 2012. This will include reference to Cultural Olympiad projects, in line with LOCOG’s current planning for delivering these projects. There are no additional impacts on the Cultural Olympiad.



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Embryology

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The United Kingdom is a world leader in stem cell research. This is largely due to the fact that we have legislative regulation which is internationally recognised as supportive, flexible and facilitating. Current legislation and regulation are both in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (paragraph 11) and paragraphs 8.3 and 10.3 of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Proposals for changes to legislative regulation contained in the recently published Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will ensure this remains the case.

Fluoridation

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): An advice note is on the website of the British Fluoridation Society. If parents make inquiries of the department, they are offered a copy of the note.

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Darzi of Denham: The main recommendation of the National Research Council's (NRC) committee on fluoride in drinking water that the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum fluoride level of 4 parts per million (ppm) should be lowered is not relevant to the United Kingdom where the maximum concentration permitted is 1.5 ppm. The findings of the NRC report are consistent with our view that water is safe and healthy at the levels used for water fluoridation. However, the committee's report includes a wide-ranging review of the effects of fluoride with a number of recommendations for further research, which are informing the development of our research programme. While we remain of the view that the only risk to infants and young children from their higher exposure to fluoride is the cosmetic effects of dental fluorosis, we will ensure that research and monitoring of the effects of water fluoridation on systematic health is sensitive to any unique effects on this age group.

Gibraltar

Lord Luce asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): Implementation of the 2006 Cordoba trilateral arrangements is on track and working well, improving the quality of life for citizens on both sides of the border.

New border arrangements came into force in December 2006 which have substantially improved border fluidity. The airport arrangements have delivered more connections from Gibraltar airport and since December 2006 direct flights between Madrid and Gibraltar have become routine. Gibraltar is also now included in new EU aviation measures and

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construction of Gibraltar's new air terminal is due to begin in early 2008. Phone links between Spain and Gibraltar have also been improved in line with the Cordoba arrangements. Since February 2007, Spain has recognised Gibraltar's international dialing code, eliminating previous constraints on cross-border phone calls, and mobile roaming between Gibraltar and Spain is now possible. The pensions settlement was accepted by an overwhelming majority of affected Spanish pensioners and the first payments were made in April 2007 as envisaged at Cordoba.

Health: Dermatology

Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Education and training of practice nurses is a matter for their employers and for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which requires its registrants to work within their competence, and to update and maintain their knowledge and skills throughout their professional life.

Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Darzi of Denham: Data are not collected in the format requested in the Question.

Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Darzi of Denham: This information is not collected centrally.


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