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Written Answers

Tuesday 22 July 2008

Abortion

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Information on the total cost of the provision of in vitro fertilisation treatment by primary care trusts (PCTs) following the publication of the guideline by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in 2004 is not collected centrally.

Costs to the National Health Service for abortions performed in NHS hospitals are set out in the following table. The department does not hold complete data on the cost to the NHS for abortions performed in the independent sector under NHS contract.

YearNational total cost of medical and surgical terminations undertaken by NHS organisations (Schedule 4 of national reference costs)

2006-07

£62,886,000

2005-06

£78,588,000

2004-05

£67,637,000

Afghanistan: EU Police Mission

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Currently, one serving UK civilian police officer and nine retired officers are seconded to the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan. An additional four officers, three serving and one retired, will take up posts in the mission later this month.

Afghanistan: Refugees

Baroness Northover asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The policy of refugee camp closure in Pakistan is endorsed by the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Residents of the Jalozai camp who chose to return to Afghanistan will have had the opportunity to do so under the auspices of the UNHCR voluntary repatriation programme. This programme provides an assisted repatriation package of $100 to all returnees. DfID and the British High Commission in Islamabad maintain close contact with UNHCR.

Africa: Agricultural Input Subsidies

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The Department for International Development (DfID) supports a programme with the World Bank under the African Union's (AU) Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) that is looking at ways to get both fertilizer and maize markets in Africa working more efficiently. The programme will promote the lessons in one country, such as Malawi's experience with support to its fertilizer markets, more widely in the region. DfID also provides core-funding support to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA's programme includes a $160 million soils health initiative.

DfID support to the agricultural sector in Malawi was agreed within the context of the country programme, managed by our office in Lilongwe and agreed with the Government of Malawi. Whether this experience is replicated in other country programmes would depend on the strategic priorities of the Government and the DfID programme in question.

Airports: Public Transport

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The tables below show the number and proportion of air passengers who travelled to or from Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and Luton Airport by public transport in each of the past 10 years. Figures for Luton Airport are for 1996 and 2000 to 2007 as no survey was conducted 1997 to 1999.

Table 1: Air passengers who travelled to or from Heathrow Airport by public transport (rail, bus/coach, or tube)1
Public TransportPublic transport (million)Total passengers (million)

1998

32

13.0

40.6

1999

35

14.7

42.1

2000

36

16.1

44.7

2001

35

14.2

41.2

2002

34

13.6

39.7

2003

36

14.2

40.1

2004

36

15.7

43.6

2005

37

16.1

43.6

2006

35

15.6

44.2

2007

38

16.8

44.0

1 Figures for use of public transport are based on final mode of transport used by passengers arriving at Heathrow
Source: CAA Passenger Survey
Table 2: Air passengers who travelled to or from Gatwick Airport by public transport (rail or bus/coach)
Public transportPublic transport (million)Total terminating passengers (million)

1998

30

6.9

22.9

1999

33

7.6

22.9

2000

32

7.7

24.5

2001

30

7.4

24.5

2002

30

7.4

24.6

2003

32

8.0

24.6

2004

31

8.3

26.5

2005

32

8.5

26.7

2006

35

10.3

29.3

2007

35

10.8

30.6

1 Figures for use of public transport are based on final mode of transport used by passengers arriving at Gatwick
Source: CAA Passenger Survey
Table 3: Air passengers who travelled to or from Luton Airport by public transport (rail or bus/coach)
Public transport %Public transport (million)Total terminating passengers (million)

1996

14

0.3

2.3

2000

20

1.2

5.8

2001

26

1.6

6.1

2002

24

1.4

5.8

2003

24

1.5

6.2

2004

25

1.7

7.1

2005

28

2.3

8.3

2006

30

2.7

8.9

2007

29

2.8

9.3

1 Figures for use of public transport are based on final mode of transport used by passengers arriving at Luton
Source: CAA Passenger Survey

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