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Written Answers

Monday 8 February 2010

Abortion Act 1967 and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

Question

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

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;

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Government Response to the Health Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2002-03 on Sexual Health (2003), a copy of which has been placed in the Library; An Investigation into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Response to Requests for Late Abortions, A report by the Chief Medical Officer (2005), a copy of which has been placed in the Library;Government Response to the Report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the Scientific Developments Relating to the Abortion Act 1967 (2007), a copy of which has been placed in the Library;Evaluation of Early Medical Abortion (EMA) Pilot Sites (2008), a copy of which has been placed in the Library;Moving forward: Progress and priorities-working together for high-quality sexual health (2009), a copy of which has been placed in the Library;Equality Impact Assessment for National Sexual Health Policy (2010), a copy of which has been placed in the Library; andMandated Specification for Termination of Pregnancy Services (part of Guidance on the Standard NHS Contract for Acute Services and Community Services 2010/11) (2010), a copy of which has been placed in the Library.Documents funded by the Department of Health:The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) (2004), a copy of which has already been placed in the Library; andRecommended Standards for Sexual Health Services, Medical Foundation for Aids and Sexual Health (2005), a copy of which has already been placed in the Library.

We will be issuing the sexual health commissioning framework in due course, which will include good practice guidance on commissioning contraception and abortion services.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

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.



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Armed Forces: Army Cadet Force

Questions

Asked by Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington

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.

Asked by Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington

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.

Being an organisation run by volunteers, there is always a high turnover of adult instructors', but numbers have been growing steadily in recent years.

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.

Banking: Iceland

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

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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(KSF IoM) is the responsibility of the Guernsey Financial Supervision Commission and the Isle of Man's Financial Supervision Commission, respectively. Accordingly, arrangements for depositors in banks in the Isle of Man and Guernsey are a matter for the Governments of the Isle of Man and Guernsey.

Landsbanki Guernsey

On 26 November 2008 the States of Guernsey approved the immediate creation of a depositor compensation scheme for Guernsey.

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

As KSF IoM participated in the Isle of Man's depositors compensation scheme (DCS) and has been placed into liquidation, depositors with KSF IoM may be eligible for payouts from the DCS.

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.

Buses

Questions

Asked by Lord Bradshaw

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.



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Asked by Lord Bradshaw

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.

Climate Change

Question

Asked by Lord Lawson of Blaby

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): As requested, the 2008-09 figure for HMG funding to the Carbon Trust was £89 million.

The 2008-09 figure for HMG resource funding to the Energy Saving Trust was £35.491 million. The EST was also allocated £l million to fund three technological field trials.

This would have been funded by Defra, then DECC in light of the machinery of government changes which occurred during that year.

Community Cohesion

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

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.



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Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

Questions

Asked by Lord Marlesford

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.

Asked by Lord Marlesford

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.

SOCA reserves the right to exclude the end user from access to Elmer in the event of a confirmed breach of the partnership agreement.



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Embryology

Questions

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

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).

The HFEA has also advised that it does not hold records on its register that could be amended in this way.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Thornton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it does not hold a record of the particular witnessing system used in each licensed centre.

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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