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To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (a) reference numbers, and (b) titles of the (1) statutory instruments, (2) departmental circulars, and (3) other documents distributed since 1990 by the Department of Health direct to (i) primary care trusts, and (ii) strategic health authorities, about the Abortion Act 1967 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of each document; what action was required in respect of each; and what documents in those categories the Secretary of State for Health plans to circulate in the next 12 months. [HL1685]
Baroness Thornton: Since 2002, when primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs) came into existence, PCTs and SHAs have been given access to the following statutory instruments, letters and documents about the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967. These set out the Government's policy, recommended good practice and refer to the legal position on abortion in relation to services:Abortion Act 1967Statutory instruments (SI):S.I. 2002/ 887 The Abortion (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library.Departmental circulars:Letter from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) about changes to the abortion notification form (2002), a copy of which has been placed in the Library; andLetter from the CMO following the publication of his report An Investigation into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (SPAS) Response to Requests for Late Abortions (2005), a copy of which has been placed in the Library.Other documents:The National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV Implementation Action Plan (2002), a copy of which has been placed in the Library;Conscious Sedation in Termination of Pregnancy: Report of the Department of Health Expert Group (2002), a copy of which has been placed in the Library; Effective Commissioning of Sexual Health and HIV Services, A Sexual Health and HIV Commissioning Toolkit for Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities (2003), a copy of which has already been placed in the Library;
SIs implementing the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, or departmental circulars and other documents specifically about the 1990 Act, have not been distributed directly to PCTs or SHAs and none are expected to be distributed within the next 12 months.
The national regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), ensures that establishments licensed under the 1990 Act, in both the NHS and the independent sector, are aware of the legislative requirements and provides guidance on compliance and good practice.
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The Army Cadet Force contributes to communities in a variety of ways. The main benefit is citizenship training for young people, who learn the core values of self discipline, respect for others and team work.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent reduction in expenditure on the Army Cadet Force on (a) their youth policy, (b) their youth projects, and (c) recruitment to the armed forces. [HL1720]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on instructor retention of the recent reduction in expenditure on the Army Cadet Force, and any consequent reduction in instructors' paid training days and annual and weekend camps. [HL1721]
Baroness Taylor of Bolton: There is no evidence to suggest that significant numbers of instructors have left the Army Cadet Force because of the temporary restrictions on activity levels this year, although the Army is continuing to monitor the situation.
In the same way, cadet activity levels have continued, albeit in some areas at a reduced rate. The majority of annual camps will not have been affected, as they occur over the summer. On this basis we believe the impact on youth policies and projects of these restrictions has been minimal.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was lost by retail investors when Landsbanki Guernsey failed; how much remains unreturned to such investors by Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man); how much was transferred by Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man) to Kaupthing UK in the period shortly before it was put into administration; and whether they will take steps to have that amount returned if it was improperly transferred. [HL1763]
The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Oversight of Landsbanki Guernsey and Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Isle of Man
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However, this scheme does not have retrospective effect and therefore does not apply to the depositors of Landsbanki Guernsey. Instead, as that institution has been placed in administration, the depositors are creditors and will be treated in accordance with normal administration procedures. It appears that the administrator has already made a part payment to the depositors. Any further payments are a matter for Landsbanki Guernsey's administrators.
KSF IoM had deposits with its sister company KSF UK at the time of KSF UK entering into administration. Under UK insolvency law, KSF IoM ranks like any other creditor in the administration of KSF UK. As part of the administration process, as is usual, a moratorium is in place on the enforcement by creditors of claims against KSF UK. Creditors of KSF UK will be treated in accordance with the administration procedures and may receive a payment from the administrator in the normal way.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make local authorities aware of the benefits for service, quality and passengers of the bus service agreement established in Oxford between the bus operators and the local authority under the Local Transport Act 2008. [HL1772]
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Government welcome the plans to enhance bus services in Oxford city centre. The proposals show how much can be achieved through collaborative working between local authorities and bus operators, and by making best use of the powers in the Local Transport Act 2008.
My colleague, the Minister of State, recently spoke at a conference on this very topic, which my department co-sponsored with the Local Government Association, the Passenger Transport Executive Group and the Confederation of Passenger Transport, and at which Oxfordshire County Council gave a presentation on its plans. The objective of the event was to promote initiatives of this kind.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before a quality contract for the provision of bus services is launched, all parties need to show that an effort has been made to make a quality partnership work. [HL1773]
Lord Adonis: The Local Transport Act provides a range of tools for local authorities to improve the standard of bus services, for the benefit of passengers. We encourage them to consider all options available, and in many cases voluntary and quality partnership schemes will secure the desired improvements. However, quality contract schemes are now a realistic additional option, and it is for local authorities to assess what approach will work best in their areas.
To ask Her Majesty's Government to which bodies they provide funding for matters relating to climate change; how much was provided to each such body in the last year for which figures are available; and which departments provided the funding to each body. [HL1485]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): £17 million has been committed to local authorities for community cohesion work through the area-based grant.
A further £5 million has been allocated to tackling racist intolerance. An announcement on how this additional money will be distributed will be made in due course; and on 21 January the Secretary of State announced an additional £20 million funding for the Connecting Communities Programme in 2010-11.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have accredited financial investigators with access to the Elmer database of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency through terminals housed in local police units; and what records are kept of the use to which such access is put. [HL1662]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Serious Organised Crime Agency has partnership agreements in place with three local authorities allowing accredited financial investigators access to Elmer through terminals housed in local police units. These are the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Trading Standards Service and London Illegal Money Lending Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Glasgow City Council.
Records are kept of the use of Elmer database, including records of all SARs that are viewed, downloaded or printed by a specific user. Records are also kept of all search requests that are made by a user of the database.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what professional qualifications are required of accredited financial investigators employed by local authorities before they are given access to the Elmer database of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency; how such investigators are security checked; and what restrictions are placed on the use that such investigators can make of their access rights. [HL1663]
Lord West of Spithead: Staff in end user organisations are required to pass the accredited financial investigators' training awarded by the National Policing Improvement Agency before they are given access to the Elmer database. All end users of Elmer are security checked according to the recruitment and security policy of their individual employer. Access to Elmer is given through SOCA's UK Financial Intelligence Unit's MoneyWeb intranet-based reporting system.
It is governed by a formal partnership agreement between SOCA and the end user. Financial investigators' access rights are also governed by legislation: the Criminal Procedure Investigation Act 1996, as amended by Part 5 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, and the relevant sections of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998; and protocols set out in Home Office Circular 53/2005.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 224-5), when the Newcastle Fertility Centre began providing information to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on (a) the number of failed-to-fertilise eggs donated for use under licence R0152, and (b) the number used in the project. [HL1520]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 5 January (WA 24-5) and 19 January (WA 224-5), whether oocytes that a researcher deems to be unsuitable would be erased from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's records of total oocyte usage. [HL1521]
Baroness Thornton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that in respect of failed-to-fertilise eggs used under research licence R1052, it has nothing further to add to the information given in my Written Answer of 19 January (WA224-5).
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of treatment centres licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have installed IVF Witness; and what percentage of them did so in response to recommendations in HFEA inspection reports or instructions relayed by a licensing committee of the authority. [HL1634]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the number and nature of licence conditions or other sanctions used by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in response to incidents uncovered by HFEA inspections or reported directly by licensed centres that had not been brought to light by media attention; and what were the number and nature of sanctions used against licensed centres following coverage of incidents in the media. [HL1635]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have been suspended or charged with misconduct as described in the HFEA's document on Discipline Policy since it was issued in January 2007. [HL1636]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have been suspected of fraud or corruption according to information available to the HFEA director of resources or the assistant director. [HL1637]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals wishing to make an important disclosure have approached the chief executive of the Human
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Information on the sanctions imposed by HFEA licence committees in response to adverse incidents is recorded in individual licence committee minutes and investigation reports. Specific information about the number and nature of licence conditions or other sanctions in response to incidents not brought to light by media attention, and the number and nature of sanctions following media coverage of incidents, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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