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Sixty-six people received blood components transfusion (red cells, platelets and fresh frozen plasma) from blood donors who later went on to develop vCJD. Of these the majority of these patients have died, three after contracting vCJD and the others from unrelated causes, and 22 remain alive. None of these recipients was a person with haemophilia.

Influenza Pandemic


Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Lord Patel of Bradford: All departments have in place business continuity arrangements to address a wide range of scenarios, and are required do so under the security policy framework. These plans focus on ensuring continued delivery of critical departmental activities including at times of high staff absenteeism.

The triggering of a departmental plan will depend upon the department, its size, the services it delivers and the challenges it faces.

Iraq: British Embassy


Asked by Lord Clement-Jones

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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We are currently considering the feasibility of relocating our embassy office in Erbil. Potentially suitable new premises have been identified. Time frames for a possible move have not been agreed as the project is still at the feasibility stage. The functions and capacity of any future office will be dependent on value for money and the security of our staff.

Ireland: Schools


Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Government have made no representations to the Government of the Republic of Ireland on this issue. Funding for schools in Ireland is a matter for the Irish Government.

Israel and Palestine


Asked by Lord Dykes

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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The UK would like to see Iran making a positive contribution to creating a secure, stable and prosperous Middle East. We continue to urge Iran to give political and diplomatic support to the Palestinian Authority in its attempts to build institutions and improve security. However, we remain concerned about the support that Iran provides in the form of funding, arms and training to Palestinian Rejectionist Groups including Hamas, which are undermining peace in the Middle East through violence.

Learning and Skills Improvement Service


Asked by Baroness Sharp of Guildford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Full details of the contracts of work currently being undertaken by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service are contained in Annex 1.

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Annex 1
LSIS sub-contracted work—worth over £1 million
ContractLead ContractorConsortium MembersStart DateCurrent ValueWork Content

Beacons and STARs

Nord Anglia


April 2007


Awards for outstanding providers and practitioners

Improvement Adviser Service



April 2008


Provider improvement including intervention

Support for Excellence


Morgan Webb Education

August 2007


Peer Review and Development

ERIQ—Extending the Reach and Improving the Quality of FLLN



February 2009


Supporting literacy and numeracy via family learning.

Move On (to World Class Skills)



March 2009


Improved delivery of skills for life within train to gain following Ofsted report

Skills for Life



September 2006


Improving basic literacy and numeracy provision

Diploma Support—Phase 2


LSN/The Workshop/Pearson/Hedra

April 2008


Supporting the introduction of new 14-19 qualifications

Functional Skills for Adults



October 2007


Supporting the introduction of new functional skills qualifications for adults

Functional Skills



December 2006


Supporting the introduction of new functional skills qualifications for 14-19 year-olds

General Qualifications


The 157 Group/SFCF/AOC/The Workshop

January 2009


Improved approaches to A levels and in particular the extended project

Post-16 Citizenship



September 2006


Supporting the introduction of active citizenship provision in post-16 providers

Qualification Reform Support



October 2007


Supporting the introduction of the new Qualifications and Curriculum Framework

World Class Skills


LSN/City & Guilds/AOC/ALP/Sales Insight

May 2008


Programme to support providers improve their engagement with employers



NCETM/Royal Academy of Engineering

July 2008


Specialist Support for teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provision

SLC (Subject Learning Coach Programme)

Nord Anglia

BDP/Desq Illumina

June 2008


Supporting the improvement of teaching and learning in specified subject areas via resources, networks and the training of subject learning coaches

e-CPD—Online continuing professional development


ALT/DCTPN/North Hertfordshire and South Devon Colleges of Further Education/Derbyshire Adult and Community Education Service

September 2008


A programme of training for e-CPD champions within providers

CETTs—Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training

Northumbria University/ACER/South Leicestershire College/University of Huddersfield/London Institute of Education/University of Plymouth/Newcastle College/University of Sunderland/Learning South West/University of Warwick/Oxford Brookes University

(Many linked organisations)

April 2007


Support for initial [FE] teacher training and post qualifying CPD

Healthy FE



April 2009


Promoting healthy life styles within further education

Excellence Gateway



April 2008


A dissemination platform for FE materials and advice and effective practice

Asked by Baroness Sharp of Guildford

Lord Young of Norwood Green: In 2008-09 DIUS funding was £99 million which represented 68 per cent of the total Learning and Skills Improvement Service income.

In 2009-10 DIUS funding is estimated at £96 million which represents 71 per cent of the total Learning and Skills Improvement Service income.

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