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Health: Pneumonia

Question

Asked by Lord Avebury

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).

The UK will continue to support the work of World Health Organisation, GAVI, and developing countries in support of the objectives in the resolution.

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.



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Housing

Question

Asked by Lord Greaves

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.

Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Asked by Lord Laird



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Baroness Wilcox: The grant offer was made to INCA Ltd. Mr Malcolm Corbett is a member of INCA Ltd.

Payments by my department to INCA Ltd have been made properly in accordance with the terms of the grant offer letter. Details of the payments have been given in previous Answers.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Wilcox: No contract was issued by my department to Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd for the purposes outlined in the Question.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Wilcox: No. All payments made to Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd by the department have been properly made in accordance with the terms of the grant offer letter.

Asked by Lord Laird

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.



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Payments under the terms of the offer letter have been made to INCA Ltd as follows:

11 March 2010-£31,750.00;30 March 2010-£14,089.46;20 April 2010-£13,053.62; and10 June 2010-£25,117.07.

The total amount paid to date is therefore £84,010.15.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Wilcox: No circumstances have arisen which would require such assessors to be appointed and none has been appointed.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Wilcox: No circumstances have arisen which would require such measures.

Israel

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

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.



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Meat: Slaughterhouses

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

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.

Museums and Galleries

Question

Asked by Lord Fearn

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.

Plain English

Questions

Asked by Lord Greaves

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.



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Royal Household: Travel

Question

Asked by Lord Berkeley

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.

The Royal Household's objectives in managing royal travel expenditure are:

to contract in the most economic and efficient way consistent with the above criteria; andto ensure that members of the Royal Household take financial considerations fully into account when framing, reaching, or giving effect to decisions which bear upon the grant in aid.

Accountability and transparency are achieved through publication of a detailed annual report published as royal public finances.

Sport: Football Clubs

Question

Asked by Lord Fearn

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.



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Superannuation Act 1972

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Transport: Investment Schemes

Question

Asked by Lord Bradshaw

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.

Transport: Roads

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

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.

The improvement of existing roads requires that each increase in carriageway standard must be justified incrementally and each decision must provide maximum value for money.


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