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Written Answers

Monday 21 July 2008

Agriculture: Vaccines

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): EU legislation currently prohibits the use of bovine tuberculosis vaccines, as the use of injectable BCG vaccine for bovine tuberculosis in cattle interferes with the current tuberculin skin test. Changing such legislation requires successful negotiations with the Commission in Brussels and other member states.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the UK’s national regulatory body, will be the licensing authority for the vaccine. A licence will be granted only once VMD has gathered specific information on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine and is satisfied that it meets the necessary criteria. By granting a licence, it also indicates that the vaccine complies with relevant EU regulations for veterinary medicines. It will also consider the role of the current tuberculin diagnostic test alongside the vaccine. This will facilitate the formal negotiation for inclusion of cattle vaccine use in EU legislation.

Prior to the licensed vaccine being available, the Government will engage in discussions with the Commission and other member states to facilitate the formal negotiation process.

Armed Forces: Pensions

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): We will write to the Royal British Legion, the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association, Lord Morris of Manchester and representatives from the other service organisations

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who attended the meeting on 20 June with the Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Robert Carnwath, and ask if they are content for us to lay copies of their letters in the Library of the House. Once they have responded, I will advise the House.

Bovine Tuberculosis

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Bovine tuberculosis (TB) can be transmitted to humans, and, not least because milk and dairy products are traded internationally, the European Union clearly has an interest in ensuring that the risks of disease transmission are minimised. Food hygiene regulations in England provide for the execution and enforcement of certain Community instruments laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin. Similarly, the European Union has responsibility to reduce the risk of disease spread that could be caused by the intra-Community trade in live cattle.

British Citizenship

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Although it maintains a register of education and training providers, the Government do not accredit private schools and colleges for the provision of particular courses or qualifications. The register is intended for colleges which wish to recruit students from overseas and whose main purpose in the UK is to study. The Citizenship Training School in Leyton does not appear on the register.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator are responsible for accrediting and reviewing qualifications. The QCA also oversees the work of the awarding bodies which are responsible for developing, assessing and quality-assuring qualifications. For a college to be recognised as an assessment centre, it will need to satisfy the awarding body's criteria on the quality and security of its assessment regimes.



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British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: There continue to be many areas of mutual interest for the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat and which the British and Irish Governments discuss within the framework of the conference. Examples of these include co-operation on security and criminal justice matters, equality and human rights issues and north/south and east/west matters. Areas where bilateral co-operation occur are discussed and jointly agreed by both Governments.

Civil Service: Administrative Posts

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: I have attached a table which details the average cost of (a) Northern Ireland civil servants and (b) Home civil servants who perform administrative roles across the Northern Ireland Office.

When business units create additional posts, cost is only one consideration and a business case must be put forward to Financial Services Division to justify the need for the expenditure.

The figures provided in the following tables are based on the average salary of the number of staff in post at April 2008. They take into account employers' national insurance, employers' pension contributions and any allowances paid using 2007/08 national insurance and superannuation rules.

Superannuation costs are calculated as a percentage of salary and I have included a further table which details accruing superannuation liability charges (ASLCs).

Average Salary Costs
GradeNorthern Ireland Civil ServantHome Civil Servant

Grade A

£59,914

£62,127

Grade B1

£42,210

£46,767

Grade B2

£34,041

£36,051

Grade C

£26,517

£30,086

Grade D1

£19,491

£22,766

Grade D2

£ 6,612

£19,796



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Superannuation Liability Charges
Salary BandAnnual Pensionable Salary 2007/08Employers' ASLC Charge
£ pa% of salary

1

Up to 19,999

16.5

2

20,000 to 40,699

17.5

3

40,700 to 87,799

21.5

4

87,800 and over

23.5

Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Detailed analysis of all the payments made under the single payment scheme (SPS) is not yet available. Once the remaining scheme payments have been completed, a decision will be taken on the level of detail that will be published.

Copyright

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): At the time of writing, the Government have not yet had a chance to study in detail the proposal in its final published form. Decisions on implementation will have to await the outcome of discussions at European level.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: Since the 14 February announcement, government representatives have held a number of meetings and discussions with staff from the European Commission on this subject.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty’s Government:



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Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: There have been regular discussions between the two departments on this issue.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: The Government do not hold such data.

Crime: Burglary

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given on 15 July 2008 (Official Report, col. WA 143).

Disabled People: Communication Aids

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Government are aware of the challenges facing the provision of communication aids and recognise the importance and differences these services can make to an individual’s life. The Department of Health has considered the experiences set out in the SCOPE report No Voice, No Choice, and officials have met SCOPE to discuss these issues.

The department has designed a radical new retail model for the delivery of community equipment, which includes communication aids, in England. This model places service users and carers at its heart. It is, though, for local National Health Service organisations and social services to decide how resources such as community equipment should be allocated and to commission appropriate services, taking account of local circumstances and priorities.



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