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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): It is for local employers to determine the level of pay for the adult social care workforce, including the pay levels of those providing care for the elderly.
The department is not responsible for setting the levels of pay for the adult social care workforce. However, we do recognise the importance of service providers offering fair workforce terms and conditions, while also providing best value and a quality service.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Clinical Network Collaborative Consortium for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is fulfilling the purposes for which it was set up following the Chief Medical Officer's 2002 report on CFS/ME; whether regional specialist services for patients with CFS/ME are appropriately funded and are operating in all English regions; and whether there are sufficient trained specialist practitioners to meet the needs of patients in each region. [HL3076]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): We have made no assessment on whether the Clinical Network Collaborative Consortium is fulfilling the purposes for which it was set up.
It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities to ensure that services are available, and sufficiently funded and staffed with appropriately trained staff, to meet the health and social care needs of those of their local population diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 31 March (WS 83-84), what was the estimated size of the total amount for the
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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on United Kingdom policy of the Government of Sweden's pledge that all vehicles will not use fossil fuels by 2030. [HL3205]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Government have not assessed the effect of Sweden's action plan for a fossil-fuel independent fleet by 2030 on UK policy, but as a matter of course will monitor Sweden's policy implementation and assess implications for UK policy. Ultra-low Carbon Vehicles in the UK, launched by Lord Mandelson and Geoff Hoon on 16 April, set out how the Government will help to make the UK a global leader in the development and production of electric cars and other ultra low-carbon vehicles. Central to the strategy is an initiative to provide motorists with help worth £2,000 to £5,000 towards buying the first electric and plug-in hybrid cars and plans to provide £20 million for charging points and related infrastructure to help develop a network of electric car cities throughout the UK.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of travel by officials between the United Kingdom and the British Embassy in Havana in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what is the average cost of a journey by a Government official between the United Kingdom and the British embassy in Havana. [HL3042]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): During financial year 2008-09, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) consular rapid deployment team travelled to Cuba in response to Hurricane Ike (in September 2008). Six members of staff deployed and the total cost of flights
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It is difficult to provide costs for an average journey as officials use different carriers and classes of travel. To ensure value for money, visits to Havana are often combined with travel elsewhere in the region.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) responded publicly to media coverage of Dr P M Zavos's work, as televised on 22 April and reported in the press, and how their response compared to the comments of the former HFEA chair in January 2004. [HL3251]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 September 2008 (WA 352) regarding the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) seeking to contact Dr K Illmensee, Dr M Levanduski and Dr P M Zavos to discover the pre-implantation development of human-animal cytoplasmic hybrid embryos, whether the HFEA would grant a licence to Dr Zavos to create such entities under the terms of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. [HL3252]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised me that it has made no public response, on this occasion, to the media coverage of Dr Zavos's work.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of United Kingdom electricity they expect to be provided by land-based wind energy by 2020 without disproportionate damage to the rural landscape. [HL3110]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The UK has committed to a binding target of 15 per cent renewable energy (electricity, heat and transport) by 2020. Under a potential scenario in the renewable energy strategy (RES) consultation, published in June 2008, this could equate to 32 per cent renewable electricity.
We estimated in the RES consultation that under one scenario we might require up to 14 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind, which is equivalent to around 9 per cent of our electricity needs (based on provisional net electricity supplied in 2008).
The actual number of wind farms will depend on the market bringing forward suitable proposals. These will all be considered on a project basis through the planning process. Environmental and visual impacts are a material consideration in the planning process. Clear guidance is set out in planning policy statement (PPS) 22 and will be reinforced through national policy statements (NPS) which are being introduced under the Planning Act. PPS 22 can be downloaded at www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningand building/pps22.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 March (WA 138), why the use of small wind turbines is allowed if it is not known how much each costs in carbon emissions after manufacture and installation; and why connection to the grid is being contemplated if the cost of such connection in carbon emissions is also unknown. [HL3028]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The issue of embodied carbon has been considered in relation to small wind turbines. However, as set out in the Answer I gave the noble Lord on 2 March 2009, calculations of embodied carbon need to consider a wide range of factors, such as whether materials are recycled, the carbon intensity of the energy used in the manufacturing process, transportation costs, rotor diameter and, most crucially, the height, wind speeds and obstructions near the turbine. For this reason, a range is given in calculations of embodied carbon.
The Energy Saving Trust's recent document Generating the Future: An Analysis of Policy Interventions to Achieve Widespread Small Scale On Site Low Carbon and Renewable Penetration (see www.energysavingtrust.org. uk/corporate/Global-Data/Publications/Generating-the-Future-An-analysis-of-policy-interventions-to-achieve-widespread-microgeneration-penetration) sets out details of energy generation and carbon savings for small-scale energy technologies.
The Government are not aware of specific data for the carbon emissions produced by the grid connection of a small wind turbine. This would relate to the
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All renewable and low-carbon technologies have a role to play in reducing carbon. The Government are supporting appropriate, well sited technologies, including small wind turbines through their grants programmes and through the MCS standards (microgeneration certification scheme).
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rise of £13,000 per annum in the salaries of Members of the European Parliament will apply to United Kingdom MEPs; and whether their salaries will be exempt from United Kingdom taxation. [HL2939]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): After the European elections this June, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will receive a common salary to be paid in euros under the MEPs' statute regardless of their member state. The salary will be set at 38.5 per cent of the basic salary of a judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities. At present, this is €7,665 gross per month.
Serving UK MEPs who are re-elected in June will, however, have an individual choice whether to be paid under the MEPs' statute or to continue to be paid under the current system that gives them the same salary as Members of Parliament.
For those UK-resident MEPs who will be subject to the statute provisions, UK tax will be applied to salaries after giving credit for Community tax deducted at the time of payment. This will prevent double taxation while ensuring that the salaries will be taxed in the same way as the salaries of their constituents. Existing UK MEPs who are able to opt out of the statute will continue to be taxed in the UK in the normal way.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The department does not collect the data on patient numbers that would be required to make the comparison asked for in my noble friend's Question.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Department of Health has had with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
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Lord Darzi of Denham: The Medical Research Council, a body funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), has lead responsibility for the dementia research agenda, and is working jointly with the Department of Health to deliver the dementia research summit. The wide range of stakeholders involved in developing plans for the summit has included DIUS via its membership of the UK Age Research Forum.
The purpose of the department's dementia research summit is to identify key issues and gaps in current dementia research across the full range of scientific activity and care, with the aim of developing a framework for future research in the field.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments have been made by the Republic of Ireland to fund health treatment for Irish citizens living in the United Kingdom who previously worked in the Republic of Ireland; and whether they are continuing at the same rate. [HL3243]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland make payments to each other to cover the cost of providing healthcare to each other's citizens. This is part of a bilateral agreement which is in line with European Union regulations covering patient mobility. The majority of sums due by both countries relate to healthcare for pensioners. There are around 5,000 pensioners in the UK whom the Republic of Ireland pays for every year, whereas there are around 50,000 pensioners in the Republic of Ireland whom the UK pays for every year. The advance payments due by the Republic of Ireland have totalled around £17 million in each of the past three years. These sums have been offset against the reciprocal payments the UK makes to the Republic of Ireland.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): As of 10 March 2009 (the end of the period covered by the last quarterly
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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals subject to control orders were served between February 2008 and February 2009 with notices of intention to deport; on what date each of those notices was served; and how many of those individuals have been deported. [HL2959]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the European Union has made to the Government of India on the case of Dr Binayak Sen; and whether the European Union will send an observer to all further judicial proceedings in this case. [HL3266]
The EU has registered its concern with the Indian Government, writing to the Ministry of External Affairs, the National Human Rights Commission and a number of senior political leaders about the case.
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