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Education: Minimum Leaving Age

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): We were already planning on the basis of our existing aspiration for 90 per cent participation among 17 year-olds by 2015. With compulsory participation, our modelling suggests that, nationally, this does not require a big expansion of places. Our current estimates indicate that there will be around 15,000 more 16 and 17 year-olds in schools in 2015 than there are this year and all of this growth is accounted for by the already planned growth in academies; most of which will have sixth forms. Of course, it does not follow that all new demand will go into academies; rather we will need to make sure that every young person has a suitable place in learning and the balance of provision across the system will cater for that. In FE, we estimate that in 2013 13,000 additional places will be needed compared to this year, and in 2015 another 31,000 will be needed. Demographic changes will vary between local areas and local authorities will need to use their own projections to plan accordingly. We do not have modelling on additional places by kind of qualification. However, the Government have committed by 2013 to providing young people with an entitlement to a diploma place, and an entitlement to an apprenticeship place for those who meet the entry requirements.

Health: Blood Tests

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): This information is not collected centrally.

Health: Communicable Diseases

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): This information is not available. However, under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, no charge may be made to anyone for the treatment of certain communicable diseases. This is regardless of whether or not the person is considered to be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, or otherwise entitled to free NHS hospital treatment.

Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The steering group set up by the department in 2006 to report to Ministers on the statutory regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine has just submitted its report. We intend to consult this summer on the report's recommendations and will, together with the devolved Administrations, consider the report in the light of the consultation responses and respond in due course. The report takes into account the effect of the European directive on traditional herbal medicinal products, as will our response.

Health: Orthopaedics

Lord McColl of Dulwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The information requested is not available.

Over the past 10 years, the main part of the department's total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by National Health Service organisations. Those organisations have accounted for their use of the research and development (R&D) allocations received from the department in an annual R&D report. The reports have identified expenditure

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in research programmes across some 16 national priority areas. These do not include orthopaedics.

Details of individual NHS-supported research projects undertaken from 2000 to 2007 are available on the archived national research register (NRR) at: https://portal.nihr.ac.uk/Pages/NRRArchiveSearch.aspx.

The NRR was superseded in January 2008 by the United Kingdom Clinical Research Network's portfolio database available at: www.ukcrn.org.uk/index/clinical/portfolio_new.html.

Health: Pain Relief

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The International Narcotics Control Board's estimate of global demand for pain relief medicines reflects estimates submitted by individual countries which are usually based on the previous three years' consumption but also take into account any emerging trends.

Health: X-rays

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The data are not currently collected in England. There are no plans to collect the data in the future.

Welsh health services and the data they collect are the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Justice

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The noble Lord asked 34 Questions. Placing a letter in the Library of the House enables the Government to provide the fullest possible Answers to them.



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Parades: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The sum of £516,014 was paid to HMRC and represents full settlement of the department’s liability for the Commissioner's income tax and national insurance contributions from 1997-05. A credit movement in provision of legal costs in the sum of £57,007 (as explained further below) was deducted which gives a balance of £459,007.

The sum of £102,570 related to the costs of facilitating mediation processes to help resolve local parading disputes.

In 2006-07 £250,000 was provided for legal costs stemming from a judicial review. During the year £70,599 was paid for these legal fees and a further £122,394 was accrued for agreed legal costs. As a result the remaining £57,007 was written back to the income and expenditure account.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: I have been informed by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission that the following funding awards have been made in the past five years by the commission:



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OrganisationPurposeAmountDate

Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland (ECONI)

Funding towards the cost of summer school to explore the nature of political, religious and cultural identity in NI.

£3000

27.08.03

East Tyrone College of Further Education

Training Courses for Marshalls.

£3470

10.05.04

Greater Shankill Community Council

Training Courses for Marshalls.

£681

29.06.06

Greater Shankill Community Council

Training Courses for Marshalls.

£373

29.06.06

Short Strand and Lower Woodstock Community Groups

International School for Peace Studies—Messines Visit. Exploring event of WW1 and encourage participants to embrace the principles of Messines experience.

£10,316

29.06.06

Greater Shankill Community Council

Training Courses for Marshalls.

£364

03.08.06

Greater Shankill Community Council

Purchase and printing of High-Visibility vests.

£654

12.10.06

Crown Project

Follow on venture of the group to the International Peace School at Messines.

£2312

08.11.06

Short Strand and Lower Woodstock Community Groups

Facilitation of evaluation re International School for Peace Studies programme

£300

10.11.06

Short Strand Community Forum

Messines residential between Short Strand and Woodstock Road groups in a neutral area.

£2804

24.11.06

Ballymaconnelly Flute Band

Educational night to help promote the aims and objectives of the band.

£330

02.10.07

St James' GAC

Cross community Children's sporting event to foster better community relations incl cross community band.

£500

09.10.07

Maghera Parish Caring Association

Planning and establishment of a mediation process.

£7325

15.10.07

Upper Ardoyne Youth Centre

Cross community visit to Messines. To encourage participants to embrace the principals of Messines.

£11,175

16.01.08

Shankill Women's Centre

Study visit to Messines as above.

£10,763

05.02.08

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The expenditure, incurred in 2006-07, related to a number of new mediation initiatives established to help resolve local parading disputes. The mediation expenditure incurred in 2005-06 was included under other expenditure for that financial year.


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