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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The resolution advocates a range of measures to help prevent and treat pneumonia more effectively, including strengthening of health systems, a multisectoral approach and implementation of the global action plan for the prevention and control of pneumonia.
The United Kingdom is playing a key role in taking forward the advance market commitment on pneumococcal vaccine, providing $485 million out of the $1.5-billion donor commitment, which could save up to 7 million lives by 2030. In addition, the UK has a £1.3 billion commitment to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation, to be spent through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
Domestically, the UK will also continue to provide pneumococcal vaccination (against Streptococcus pneumoniae) for infants and those aged 65 and over, and against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) for infants.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): All programmes and policies are being reviewed as part of the next Comprehensive Spending Review. In addition a reduction in the housing market renewal programme is included in the £6.2 billion of savings from government spending in 2010-11 announced on 24 May. The current capital budget of £286 million announced in December 2009 has been reduced by £50 million. The Government are consulting with pathfinders on the most fair and transparent means of achieving this saving.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House minutes of meetings and correspondence entered into by the Director of Communications, Content Industries Directorate, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or his staff with members and executives of Community Broadband Network Ltd in the setting up of Independent Networks Co-operative Association as an unincorporated association or Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd; and how they checked the history, operation and record of contractual delivery of Community Broadband Network Ltd and its executives and members.[HL362]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): Documents relating to the grant offer to INCA are the subject of a Freedom of Information Act request and will be released shortly.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate why on 17 December 2009 a grant offer was issued by the Director, Communications and Content Industries Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA Ltd) addressed to Mr Malcolm Corbett, their chief executive; and why a payment of £32,750 was made on 15 March, while the terms of reference of the Scrutiny and Liaison Committee were in draft form. [HL310]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what procurement process was employed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to ensure transparency in issuing the contract to Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd to license the four NextGen Roadshow one-day events; how many requests for quotations were made to other providers; how many other offers to stage roadshows were received; and whether they will place all relevant documents in the Library of the House.[HL361]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider terminating the grant to Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd issued by the Director of Communications, Content Industries Directorate, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 17 December 2009 for possible violation of terms in subsections (ii) to (iv) of Section 12. [HL246]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Financial Services Authority to investigate the compliance of Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd (INCA Ltd) with the company rules lodged upon its formation; whether they will place a copy of those rules in the Library of the House; how much money they, Government agencies, local authorities and regional development agencies have paid to INCA Ltd since its formation; for what purpose; and which department or body paid the money in each case.[HL247]
Baroness Wilcox: As per Answers to previous recent Questions from the noble Lord, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has not had any reason to investigate INCA Ltd and nor have the Government. INCA's rules are publicly available from the FSA. A grant offer letter was made to INCA Ltd by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in December 2009. Under the terms of the letter a grant of up to £150,000 was available.
To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the independent assessors who (a) have been assessing, and (b) will assess, the delivery of advice given on broadband and next generation access by Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd and Community Broadband Network Ltd; and what were or are their qualifications and experience. [HL312]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place for evaluating the benefits of advice given by, and any deployment of broadband and next generation access by, Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd and Community Broadband Network Ltd.[HL313]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to ensure that the confiscated possessions of British citizens recently deported from Israel are returned to them, and that they receive legal assistance in any claims for compensation. [HL195]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We have been in regular contact with the Israelis regarding the missing property. We understand that the property was transferred to Turkey, where any items that were not claimed are now held by IHH, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, the organisers of the flotilla. We are communicating any information we have to those British nationals who were on the flotilla.
The Government do not provide legal assistance for British nationals in regards to claims for compensation. We can provide them with a list of local lawyers who will be able to advise them on the legal process.
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to obtain consent from the European Commission for the production in slaughterhouses of smoked skin-on sheep carcases; and whether they propose to expedite the application.[HL194]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The Food Standards Agency (FSA) wrote to the European Commission in May 2010 to ask it to consider proposing an amendment to the European Union food hygiene rules to allow production of skin-on sheep meat. Before making any proposal, the Commission will need to satisfy itself that such a change would be consistent with the objectives of the food hygiene legislation and may require further information or ask the European Food Safety Authority to provide a risk assessment. Any proposal would then need to be approved by a committee of the member states before it could be adopted into law. The entire process of securing the necessary change may take one to two years. The FSA will do whatever it can to assist progress on this matter.
Lord Shutt of Greetland: We are committed to maintaining free admission for national museums and galleries, and will be examining options for providing greater freedoms to allow them to become more entrepreneurial and effective in attracting private funding in the future.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue guidance to all members of the Government, departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies on the use of plain English.[HL299]
Lord Taylor of Holbeach: Ensuring that the information they provide is understood by the public is an essential duty of Government. Detailed guidance on the use of plain English is already available for members of the Government, departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the royal travel grant in aid in the context of their proposals for sustainable travel; and, if so, what measures they will consider in that review.[HL124]
Earl Attlee: Expenditure of the royal grant in aid budget is the responsibility of the Royal Household. In deciding the most appropriate mode of travel for official travel, the household will have regard to the following key criteria:safety; security; value for money; length of journey; minimising the disruption to others; effective use of the Royal Family's time; environmental impact; andtransport which is consistent with the requirement and dignity of the occasion.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the football governance rules, particularly in respect of the relationship between the owners of football clubs and supporters.[HL307]
Lord Shutt of Greetland: While it is for the football authorities to run our national game, the Government will encourage the Football Association, Premier League, and Football League to work closely together to improve the governance and regulation of the national game. This includes exploring better ways to involve supporters in their local clubs.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the relevant text of the notes on Section 2(3) of the Superannuation Act 1972 available to Ministers at the time of the Bill's passage through Parliament.[HL214]
Lord Taylor of Holbeach: A copy of the notes on Section 2(3) of the Superannuation Act 1972 that were available to Ministers at the time of the Bill's passage through Parliament have been placed in the Library.
Earl Attlee: In the coalition agreement we committed to reform the way decisions are made on which transport projects to prioritise, so that the benefits of low-carbon proposals (including light rail schemes) are fully recognised. We will announce details of how this reform is to be implemented in due course.
Earl Attlee: Consent for the development of a new dual carriageway or motorway is based on a variety of factors, including traffic flow. In each case, a local assessment, based on forecast traffic flows, must be made which takes account of the combined economic, environmental and operational impact of the proposed scheme. This assessment is used to inform the case for consent for a dual carriageway or motorway.
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