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The table below shows total GVA (in pounds million) for the financial and insurance activities industry (section K) of the Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (SIC07). Data for the latest available year (2009) are provided for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with the contribution of industry K to the GVA of each country.

Industry KContribution of industry K to total GVA

England

113 999

10.7%

Wales

2 290

5.2%

Scotland

9 249

9.0%

Northern

1 356

5.0%

Source:

Table 1.3 Headline Workplace based GVA by industry groups at current basic prices http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-223201.

Firearms: Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group

Question

Asked by Lord Dear



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The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): The composition of the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group (HOFFWG) is as follows:

Colin Greenwood, British Shooting Sports Council;Peter Taylor, Hertfordshire Police, Firearms Licensing Manager;David Penn, British Shooting Sports Council;Mike Eveleigh, British Association for Shooting and Conservation;Graham Widdecombe, Home Office; andAndy Arnell, Home Office.

The group is working to agree a combined application form for the grant or renewal of a firearm and/or shot gun certificate and an application form for the variation of a firearm certificate.

Fluoridation

Questions

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): We are not aware of any evidence from the Republic of Ireland to show that levels of dental fluorosis were unacceptable when water supplies were fluoridated at 1 part per million. We cannot see any relevance between the use of more fluoride supplements by the population in the United States and the incidence of dental fluorosis in the United Kingdom. We are awaiting publication of a research study into the prevalence and aesthetic acceptability of dental fluorosis before considering whether the use of a 1 part per million concentration here should be reviewed.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Earl Howe: The authority for our judgment is the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) view that fluoride added to drinking water is not a medical product. We consider that, where there is no physical contact, surgical or otherwise, made with the patient, the critical factor in judging whether a medical treatment is occurring is whether a medical product as defined by the MHRA is involved.



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Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Earl Howe: The department has no current plans to commission a further study on the bioavailability of fluoride in drinking water. The department's National Institute for Health Research welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including water fluoridation. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.

Gendercide

Question

Asked by Lord Patten

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): Further to the Answer given on 7 December, our permanent representative to the United Nations, high commissioner in New Delhi and ambassador in Beijing will assess in 2012 suitable opportunities to raise concerns about sex-selective abortion and infanticide in a way that is most likely to be effective.

Government Departments: Historical Sections

Question

Asked by Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: The Cabinet Office has an official histories team, which runs the Government's official history programme on behalf of the Prime Minister and is the only department to produce official histories. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is the only other major department of state that employs

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full time professional historians. The Ministry of Defence have historians in their army, naval and air historical branches.

There are other departments that contract historians to write specific departmental histories, for example the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service,

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which have recently published their own histories, but information is not held centrally on any other department that might be commissioning its own departmental histories. The following list shows which official histories have been commissioned by the Cabinet Office since 2000 and which of those have been published:

Official History Title/AuthorCommissionedDate of Publication

SOE in France (revised edition)/Professor M R D Foot

2000

2004

Secret Flotillas (revised edition)/Brooks Richards

2000

2004

The Channel Tunnel/Dr Terry Gourvish

2001

2006

Civil Service (Volumes I & II)/Professor Rodney Lowe

2002

Volume I-2011

Churchill's Man of Mystery: Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence/Gill Bennett

2002

2009

Privatisation (Volumes I & II)/ Professor David Parker

2004

Volume I-2009

Secrecy and the Media, the D-Notice System/Nicholas Wilkinson

2005

2009

Mission Accomplished, SOE and Italy/Professor David Stafford

2005

2011

Cabinet Secretaries/Ian Beesley

2007

Joint Intelligence Committee (Volumes I & II)/Dr Michael Goodman

2007

UK Accession to the European Community (Volumes II & III)/Sir Stephan Wall

2007

Chevaline/Professor Matthew Jones

2008

Criminal Justice System/Professor David Downes, Professor Tim Newburn and Paul Rock

2009

Government Departments: Staff

Questions

Asked by Lord Marlesford

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): In the past five years there have been 29 convictions of Home Office staff in connection with their official activities. All the officers listed were subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures and were ultimately dismissed as a result of their conviction. The following table shows the breakdown of convictions and dates.



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NameChargesConviction dateSentence

Collins OKELLO

Facilitation, Misconduct in Public Office

2006

2 years

Abid HUSSAIN

Misconduct in public office

26 March 2007

31/2 years imprisonment

Breaches of Immigration law

Possession of a false instrument

Alvaro FIGUEIREDO

Misconduct in Public Office

1 October 2007

21/2 years

Aisha Tokunbo AJIA

Misconduct in Public Office

12 February 2008

31/2 years

Mofeyishola Olabamigbe Uzoma JOHN-AYO

Misconduct in Public Office

14 March 2008

9 years

William SHUNGU

Misconduct in public office

01 May 2008

16 months imprisonment

Fraud

Jahangir ALAM

Misconduct in Public Office

6 June 2008

14 months

Shareen Naomi PATTERSON

Forgery

29 August 2008

21/2 years

Babs CAREW

Bribery

17 October 2008

3 years

Eme ESUA

Misconduct in Public Office+ Section 25 of the ID Cards Act

24 April 2009

3 years + 2 x 16 months concurrent

Shannon FRANCIS

Fraud

12 May 2009

12 months community order

Aliya ALI

Misconduct in Public Office

25 September 2009

5 years

Olawunmi Rashidat MATTHEWS-AKUEMONKHAN

Fraud

08 December 2009

21/2 years imprisonment

Unlawfully obtaining personal data contrary to Data Protection Act

Misuse of computers

David HART

Fraud

30 December 2009

18 months

Dilip MORAR

Fraud

04 February 2010

Sentenced to two custodial sentences of 12 months, each to run concurrently on 25 March 2010 and ordered to pay £6,469.84 compensation and £3000 costs.

Anthony Davis QUARCO

Misconduct in Public Office

2 March 2010

9 years 6 years;

Proceeds of Crime Act Offences

5 years

Facilitation

6 year

ID Cards Act Offences

4 x 4 years; 3 x 2 years

Bridget EWORTH (nee IDIGBE)

Misconduct in Public Office

16 April 2010

6 years

Arthur THALLAPALLY

Misconduct in public office

10 August 2010

4 years imprisonment

Fraud

Subsequent confiscation order to the value of £3,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Atma SAWH

Misconduct in Public Office

1 September 2010

5 years

Peter CRUMBIE

Facilitation

19 November 2010

12 Months

Maryam JAVAID

Misconduct in Public Office ID Cards Act offence

22 November 2010

2 years

Latesha POLSON

Fraud, Using a False Instrument

20 January 2011

100 hours community service + costs + compensation order

Karanjit MAND

Fraud, Misuse of Computers

4 April 2011

80 hours community service

Shezad MUSSA

Misconduct in Public Office

3 June 2011

12 months

Somayeh RAHIMI NEJAD TAFRESHI

Misconduct in public office

22 July 2011

4 years imprisonment

Subsequent confiscation order to the value of £25,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Benjamin Aghogho ORORORO

Misconduct in Public Office

26 August 2011

5 years

Samuel SHOYEJU

Misconduct in public office

10 November 2011

7 years

Radhakrishnan KITTOOR RAMMAKRISHNAN

Misconduct in public office and money laundering

05 December 2011

8 years

Wayne DAVIS

Misconduct in public office

07 December 2011

pleaded guilty not yet sentenced.

Asked by Baroness Byford

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: The salary bands and the employer pension contribution percentages for 1997 and 2011 are as set out below. The mechanism for calculating the contribution percentages changed on 1 April 1998 and moved from a grade-based approach to a salary-banded approach.

01.04.1997

Grades

Administration Officer and below

11.0%

Executive Officer to Senior Executive Officer

13.5%

Grade 7-6 and Senior Civil Service Pay Band1+2

17.5%

Senior Civil Service Pay Band and above

19.5%

Industrial Staff

13.0%

Prison Officers (PO)

21.0%

01.04.2011

Band 1

£21,000 and under

16.7%

Band 2

£21,001 to 43,500

18.8%

Band 3

£43,501 to 74,500

21.8%

Band 4

£74,501 and over

24.3%

PO

Pre-Fresh Start Prison Officers (ie in post before September 1987)

25.8%

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: The Cabinet Office did not collect centrally the information requested for the past financial year. This is a matter for individual departments to determine.

Government: Collective Responsibility

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: The Government's position on collective responsibility is set out in section 2 of the Ministerial Code.

Health and Safety: Prosecutions

Question

Asked by Lord Lucas

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): The numbers of prosecutions heard in court in the previous five years, and the number of convictions in each year, is presented below. These figures are based on the year in which the prosecution was completed.

Table 1 gives the number of prosecution cases instituted by HSE in England and Wales together with the number of cases where there was a conviction on at least one charge brought over the period 2006-07 and 2010-11. It also gives the total costs awarded by the courts for prosecution cases brought by HSE heard in that year.

Table 1: HSE prosecution cases in England and Wales (2006-07-2010-11p)1
Year 1Number of cases for which legal proceedings have been institutedNumber of cases resulting in conviction for at least one offenceTotal costs awarded

2006-07

539

517

£5,762,253

2007-08

501

484

£3,640,309

2008-09

500

469

£3,827,763

2009-10

470

439

£5,051,332

2010-11p

518

484

£6,495,285

1 The figures represent prosecution cases, in the year actually heard, and where a result has been secured. A year is from 1 April to 31 March.



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In Scotland all prosecutions, including those for health and safety, are taken by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). COPFS makes the final decision whether to institute legal proceedings and which offences are taken following a report submitted by HSE. Additionally, unlike England and Wales, no legal costs are awarded by the courts in Scotland.

Table 2 gives the number of prosecution cases instituted in Scotland and the number of cases where there was a conviction on at least one charge brought between 2006-07 and 2010-11 p.

Table 2: Prosecution cases instituted by COPFS in Scotland (2006-07-2010-11p)1
Year1Number of cases for which legal proceedings have been institutedNumber of cases resulting in conviction for at least one offence

2006-07

45

43

2007-08

66

61

2008-09

80

66

2009-10

35

34

2010-11p

33

33

1 The figures represent prosecution cases, in the year actually heard, and where a result has been secured. A 'year is from 1 April to 31 March.

p = provisional

Health Protection Agency

Question

Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The Government are committed to fostering and embedding a culture of research and innovation in Public Health England (PHE). It is vital that PHE is able to conduct high quality research and that it is an organisation of the highest scientific quality.

It has always been the intention of the Government that PHE will be able to continue the income generating activities of those organisations coming into it-including the Health Protection Agency and through contract research.

Health: Anthrax Vaccine

Questions

Asked by Lord Jopling

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): A stockpile of anthrax vaccine is maintained as part of the United Kingdom's national emergency preparedness strategy. Details about the quantities of stock held are not shared publicly owing to security considerations.



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Asked by Lord Jopling

Earl Howe: Decisions about vaccination are made on the basis of a risk assessment of the potential threat.

Those most at risk from a non-malicious release of anthrax are typically workers in the wool and hide industries and laboratory staff working with the live virus. A stock of anthrax vaccine is available to treat those infected due to accidental exposure. Infection is not typically transmissible person to person, and for this reason emergency workers are not routinely vaccinated against anthrax.

A stockpile of anthrax vaccine is maintained as part of the United Kingdom's national emergency preparedness strategy.

Asked by Lord Jopling

Earl Howe: Regular reviews are undertaken of the Porton Down anthrax manufacturing facility and works scheduled accordingly to ensure that it continues to comply with the relevant regulatory standards. Action taken to ensure compliance includes a planned ongoing capital improvements programme involving as part of this, the introduction of isolator barrier technology. Improvements to the manufacturing plant began in the 2009-10 financial year and are expected to be completed over a five-year period at a cost of £5.27 million.

Asked by Lord Jopling

Earl Howe: A stockpile of anthrax vaccine is maintained as part of the United Kingdom's national emergency preparedness strategy. Details about the quantity of stock held being produced and the remaining shelf-life of such items are not shared publicly owing to security considerations.

The delay in the production of anthrax vaccine mentioned in the Health Protection Agency Board's 25 May 2011 report lasted from October 2009 until March 2011, when production recommenced. The shortfall in supply planned for 2010-11 is expected to be made up in the 2011-12 financial year.

The shelf-life of licensed anthrax vaccine is 36 months.



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Asked by Lord Jopling

Earl Howe: The Government are not aware of any conferences on preparedness and response to an outbreak of anthrax planned for May 2012, nor have any notices or invitations been received for such an event.

The United Kingdom participates in many major international conferences and provides significant input to international bodies such as NATO, the European Union and the Global Health Security Action Group.

Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Questions

Asked by Baroness Eaton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The classification of products as medicines is made on a case-by-case basis by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA does not hold information on how many herbal medicines have been presented as food supplements but investigates all products referred to it. Fifteen black cohosh products are currently under investigation and any that are in breach of legislation will be subject to regulatory action. The MHRA is currently considering how effective, proportionate enforcement action can best ensure that the intended benefits of the legislation for consumers and for companies compliant with the legislation are achieved.

Health: Costs

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 28 November 2011 (Official Report, col. WA 21), which sets out details of the Government's publication plans for a new agreement with Ireland.

Asked by Lord Laird

Earl Howe: The Government agreed a 1.13 per cent year on year reduction in the number of pensioners that the United Kingdom is liable for until 2014 as this is in line with the trend analysis of previous years showing an average 1.13 per cent reduction in UK liability per year since 1974. Account was taken of all survey results. The Government are now working on a pensioner registration scheme that will provide a more robust and comprehensive basis for payments from 2014.

Health: Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The estimate of 1:1,000,000 given in the previous answer refers to the observed world-wide incidence of all human prion diseases. Of these, the majority of cases are sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), which was first described in the 1920s and has no identifiable cause.

The wide range of estimates that have been made about the potential number of future cases of variant OD, the form first identified by the United Kingdom National Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease Research and Surveillance Unit (NCJDRSU) in the mid-1990s and associated with consumption of BSE infected meat and meat products, are separate from the observed number of sporadic cases.

Monthly data on UK cases are available from the NCJDRSU at: www.cjd.ed.ac.uk/figures.htm.



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International data can be found at the European CJD Surveillance Network site at: www.eurocjd.ed. ac.uk/surveillance%20data%202.htm.

Health: Dermatology

Questions

Asked by The Earl of Sandwich

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the National Health Service Commissioning Board will be responsible for supporting clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in their commissioning decisions. This will include publishing commissioning guidance to which CCGs must have regard. This will be based on the quality standards that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has developed on the board's behalf. The board will also develop a commissioning outcomes framework to help hold CCGs to account for the quality of the healthcare services they commission.

Asked by The Earl of Sandwich

Earl Howe: The organisation of departments teaching and practising medical specialties is the responsibility of service providers, supported by deaneries who are responsible for ensuring there is appropriate capacity to train the required numbers of specialists.

Under proposed reforms to the education and training system, healthcare providers will be able to shape the education and development of the people they employ, working together with those who provide education. Health Education England will be established to provide national leadership and oversight.

Health: Orthopaedics

Question

Asked by Lord Jones of Cheltenham

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): We have asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to assess the suitability of fractures

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(excluding head and hip) as a topic for a quality standard. This assessment will look at the availability of accredited evidence to underpin the development of a quality standard. Further information on the development of quality standards is on NICE's website at: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/quality standards/qualitystandards.jsp.

Health: Statutory Bodies

Question

Asked by Lord Mawhinney

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The Government are committed to effective consultation. National Health Service bodies, including strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs), have a legal obligation under Section 242 of the NHS Act 2006 to make arrangements to involve patients and public in the planning of services, the development of proposals for service change and the operation of services where there is an impact on the range of services or the manner in which those services are provided.

SHAs and PCTs are subject to the above legislation, but since their clustering has no impact on the range of services or manner in which services are provided, the need for statutory involvement and consultation with patients and public is not triggered.

House of Lords: Grand Committee

Question

Asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The following additional costs were incurred as a result of the Grand Committee on the Welfare Reform Bill in Committee Room 4A. They reflect the costs incurred on the 17 days on which the Welfare Reform Bill was considered in Committee Room 4A, as well as the costs from two other Grand Committee sittings that were held in Committee Room 4A as a result. These were in addition to the usual costs that are incurred when the Grand Committee meets in the Moses Room. All costs are inclusive of VAT.

Wireless microphone system and additional microphone: £10,776.

Broadcasting: £10,320.



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House of Lords: IT

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): Twenty iPads have been purchased for use by Members and staff of the House of Lords to evaluate how handheld devices can facilitate core parliamentary work.

Houses of Parliament: Members' Remuneration

Question

Asked by Lord Jacobs

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: There are currently no plans to amend the legislation that limits the number of ministerial and office-holder salaries.

Houses of Parliament: Scrutiny Override

Question

Asked by Lord Roper

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The Government will always seek to avoid breaching the scrutiny reserve resolutions of either House of Parliament where this is possible. Where overrides are required the Government will continue to account for their actions in writing to the chairmen of the scrutiny committees in each House. The figures for January-June 2011 are higher when compared against corresponding periods in earlier years, but this can be attributed to the number of urgent measures needed particularly to address the evolving political situation in north Africa and the Middle East. Nineteen of the Foreign Office's 29 overrides in the House of Lords relate to restrictive measures on Tunisia, Libya and Syria. Ten of the 32 government overrides in the House of Lords occurred when Parliament was in recess. The figures requested are set out in the table below.



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Department(1). House of Lords Override(2). House of Commons override(a). No. of overrides in both Houses(b). Total no. of overrides

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

0

1

0

1

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

2

2

2

2

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

30

28

26

32

HM Treasury

1

1

1

1

33

32

29

36

Housing

Questions

Asked by Baroness Thomas of Winchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): All secure tenants have a statutory right under the Housing Act 1985 to take in lodgers and, if their landlord consents, to sublet part of their home. This consent cannot be unreasonably withheld.

For assured tenants, if there are terms in the tenancy agreement regarding lodgers and subtenants then these terms will apply. If the tenancy agreement is silent on the matter, an assured tenant does not need the landlord's consent to take in a lodger, but the Housing Act 1988 implies into a periodic tenancy agreement that the tenant does need consent to sublet. Where a need for the landlord's consent is implied into the tenancy by the Act in this way, there is no need for the landlord's refusal to be reasonable.

Asked by Lord Patten

Baroness Hanham: Details of DCLG Ministers' meetings with external organisations are published on a quarterly basis and are available at: www.communities. gov.uk/corporate/transparencyingovernment/ministerialdata/.

Landscaping of new developments is a local matter. The draft national planning policy framework asks local authorities, through local plans and any neighbourhood plans, to develop comprehensive policies that set out the quality of development that will be expected for the area. The consultation on the draft framework has closed now and we are considering all the responses.



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Asked by Lord Patten

Baroness Hanham: Details of DCLG Ministers' meetings with external organisations are published on a quarterly basis and are available at: www.communities. gov.uk/corporate/transpareneyingovernment/ministerialdata/.

Lighting levels in new developments are a matter for local decision. The draft national planning policy framework asks local authorities, through local plans and any neighbourhood plans, to develop comprehensive policies that set out the quality of development that will be expected for the area. The draft framework states that, by encouraging good design, planning policies and decisions should limit the impact of light pollution from artificial light on local amenity, intrinsically dark landscapes and nature conservation. The consultation on the draft framework has now closed and we are considering all the responses.

Asked by Lord Patten

Baroness Hanham: The draft national planning policy framework states that sustainable development means development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, as set out in the Brundtland Commission report. When taken as a whole, the policies of the draft framework set out the Government's view of what constitutes sustainable development in practice and how the planning system is expected to deliver it. The consultation on the draft framework has now closed and we are considering all the responses.

Immigration

Question

Asked by Lord Avebury

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): The UK Border Agency does not provide medical care and treatment directly but does liaise regularly with other expert agencies such as the Department of

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Health and Health Protection Agency in order to ensure that any necessary safeguards as to health are followed.

Individuals who are liable to enforced removal or who are proposing to leave voluntarily are generally expected to make their own health protection arrangements. All known medical issues and travel health are discussed with individuals leaving the UK under an assisted voluntary returns scheme and with families as part of the new family returns process. Parents are advised that it is their responsibility to take reasonable steps to cater for their and their family's health needs as they plan to leave the UK.

Individuals leaving the UK under an assisted voluntary returns scheme would discuss protection against malaria, yellow fever, measles and meningitis with Refugee Action and arrange inoculation in the UK where required. In addition, the UK Border Agency provides mosquito nets, free of charge, to at-risk groups of immigrants being removed to malaria risk countries. At-risk groups are defined as all individuals being removed to malaria risk countries who are pregnant, under the age of 18, or whose immune system is compromised.

Individuals in detention returning to malaria risk countries who are not in the at-risk groups may purchase a mosquito net from the immigration removal centre's shop. In addition, those in detention who may be particularly vulnerable to infection (e.g. pregnant women) will be prescribed malaria prophylaxis by healthcare staff in line with Health Protection Agency guidance. Immigration removal centres are not specialist centres for yellow fever vaccination. The possibility of requiring vaccination is reduced for families entering the pre-departure accommodation as it is specifically considered as part of the family returns process before they enter the accommodation. A child entering the pre-departure accommodation would receive immunisations for measles and meningitis if he/she was scheduled to receive one in the community from their GP.

Immigration: Gatwick Airport

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): The UK Border Agency does not routinely require passengers arriving from Northern Ireland to supply photographic identification.

Passengers arriving from the Republic of Ireland, which is part of the Common Travel Area (CTA), are currently, as a limited risk-testing measure, being asked to present a form of photographic identification to ensure that only eligible passengers are using the CTA channel.



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International Monetary fund

Question

Asked by Lord Myners

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): As set out at the Cannes G20 summit, the UK is ready to look positively at strengthening the International Monetary Fund's (IMF's) capacity to help countries in difficulty across the world alongside non-European G20 countries.

The UK strongly believes the IMF must have adequate resources to fulfil its systemic responsibilities. This is particularly important given the current vulnerabilities in the global economy.

However, as yet, there is no international agreement about the timing, extent, or exact method through which any increase to IMF resources would be delivered.

Iraq

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We are concerned at recent political developments in Iraq, including an unwelcome increase in sectarian tensions. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my honourable friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Mr Burt), discussed the political situation with the Iraqi Foreign Minister on 20 December and urged all sides to engage in political dialogue to resolve their differences. We are also urging Iraqi political leaders to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric, and to ensure that, where necessary, due legal process is followed in a full and transparent manner, consistent with the Iraqi constitution. We have condemned the appalling attacks that took place in Baghdad on 22 December.

Israel

Questions

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), the Parliamentary Under-Secretary

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of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my honourable friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Mr Burt) and our ambassador to Tel Aviv have all raised the issue of settlements with the Israeli authorities.

We have repeatedly made clear, publicly and privately to the Israeli Government, that Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal under international law and deeply counterproductive to efforts to bring a lasting peace to the Middle East conflict.

On 20 December, the Foreign Secretary issued the following statement condemning the announcement by the Israeli Government to publish tenders for 1,028 additional housing units in the settlements of Har Homa, Beitar Illit and Givat Ze'ev and of their plans to expand the settlement of Efrat:

"I condemn the latest Israeli announcements of plans to expand its settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are only the most recent in a steady drip of announcements of new or expanded settlements-all of which are illegal under international law and which make it ever harder to achieve the common goal of international efforts: a contiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side in security with Israel with Jerusalem as a shared capital. I strongly urge the Israeli Government to revoke these decisions which are wrong and deeply counterproductive."

Asked by Lord Hylton

Lord Howell of Guildford: We are not aware of the quartet making such an assessment. The objective of the quartet is to promote an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict and bring stability to the Middle East.

Israel's compliance with the United Nations convention of 1951 goes beyond this objective. Therefore, the Government are unable to encourage the quartet to make such an assessment.

Asked by Lord Hylton

Lord Howell of Guildford: Officials at our embassy in Tel Aviv and our consulate-general in Jerusalem are aware of the fire that broke out at an industrial factory on 9 December near the West Bank village of Tulkarm, and of reports that this was caused when explosives were thrown in the area. They are also aware of concerns raised over the environmental impact of the

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factories. We understand that the Israeli authorities are investigating the fire. Our officials have not discussed the issue with the Israeli authorities at this stage, but will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Lord Howell of Guildford: We have not raised these specific comments with the Israeli Government. However, our officials in our embassy in Tel Aviv have discussed Palestinian reconciliation and Gaza with Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon on a number of occasions, most recently on 28 November.

The UK will judge any future Palestinian unity Government by their actions and their readiness to work for peace. We have been clear that the Palestinian Authority should be composed of independent figures, uphold the principle of non-violence, be committed to a negotiated two-state solution, and accept previous agreements of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Israel and Palestine

Question

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Lord Howell of Guildford: The Government firmly believe that Israel's treatment of its minorities is a core issue.

The rights of minority citizens in any country are fundamental. We are concerned that Israel's minority Arab population, including Bedouin Arab minorities, are suffering institutional, legal and societal inequality and discrimination.

We continue to monitor legislation that could have negative repercussions on Israel's minorities. We have lobbied the Israeli Government at a senior level on the potential discriminatory repercussions of these Bills.

The UK attaches the highest importance to the values set out in Israel's Declaration of Independence and basic laws guaranteeing equal treatment to all its citizens, regardless of religion or background. We are concerned by anything that detracts from these. Nothing should be done to prejudice Israel's non-Jewish citizens or to discriminate against people on the basis of their race or religion

Our ambassador in Tel Aviv has repeatedly raised our concerns about the treatment of the Arab minority in Israel and the signals that various measures including

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the treatment of demonstrators send. We have also allocated £225,000 in support of projects which aim to redress this marginalisation.

Israel and Palestine: West Bank

Questions

Asked by Baroness Tonge

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We regularly raise our concerns over access issues in and around East Jerusalem with the Israeli authorities. Officials from our embassy in Tel Aviv discussed the Shu'fat checkpoint with the Israeli authorities in December.

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Lord Howell of Guildford: Officials in our Embassy Tel Aviv have raised our concerns regarding settler violence with the Israeli authorities. We have called on all sides to do all that they can to prevent loss of innocent life, to bring the perpetrators of crimes to justice and to reduce current tensions.

As the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my honourable friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Mr Burt) said in his statement of 17 December:

"I condemn the burning of the Nebi Akasha mosque in West Jerusalem and the Burqa mosque in the West Bank. These are deliberately provocative attacks on places of worship, designed to aggravate tensions.

"We welcome the clear condemnation of the attacks by Israeli leaders, and the stated intention of the Israeli government to bring the perpetrators to justice. The package of measures announced by Prime Minister Netanyahu in response to settler violence is a welcome step forward. We look forward to seeing the results of these measures, and to seeing those behind the violence punished under law".

Justice: Defence Costs Orders

Questions

Asked by Lord Lucas



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The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): No central records are kept on the information requested and an answer could only be provided at disproportionate cost. To obtain the information requested would involve the manual examination of thousands of case files.

Asked by Lord Lucas

Lord McNally: Prior to the financial year 2009-10 central records were not kept on payments from central funds in the magistrates' courts. However, for the last two complete financial years the distribution of total expenditure in all courts was as follows:

2009-102010-11

Less than £2,000

12.0%

12.0%

£2,000-less than £5,000

17.1%

14.3%

£5,000-less than £ 10,000

8.4%

8.4%

£10,000-less than £15,000

4.0%

4.2%



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Asked by Lord Lucas

Lord McNally: Prior to the financial year 2009-10 central records were not kept on payments from central funds in the magistrates' courts. However, for the past two complete financial years, the distribution of total cash expenditure was as follows:

2009-102010-11

Magistrates' Court

49%

42%

Crown Court

41%

57%

High Court

10%

1%

Justice: Legal Fees

Questions

Asked by Lord Lucas

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The amount paid for this particular defendant was £426,000. The defendant was one of a number of individuals and companies prosecuted in the case known as Operation Holbein. The total cost of Operation Holbein from the central funds budget was £17.8 million.

Asked by Lord Lucas

Lord McNally: The total amount paid was £2.6 million.

Kazakhstan

Questions

Asked by Viscount Waverley

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We were very concerned to hear of the recent unrest in western Kazakhstan. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. The source of the unrest is at present unclear. We have urged Kazakh authorities to undertake a thorough and transparent investigation of the events and welcome their commitment to do so.

Reports and information continue to emerge, including a video posted on the internet on 20 December. The continued lack of clarity reinforces the need for a full and open investigation. We await the results of this investigation.



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Asked by Viscount Waverley

Lord Howell of Guildford: There have been conflicting reports as to what has triggered the recent unrest in western Kazakhstan and to date the source of the unrest remains unclear. We have urged Kazakh authorities to undertake a thorough and transparent investigation of the events and welcome their commitment to do so.

Kimberley Process

Question

Asked by Lord Chidgey

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The Kimberley Process, established in 2003, is an important conflict prevention mechanism that brings increased transparency, regulation and accountability to the global rough diamond trade and reduces the role of rough diamonds in financing conflict. The Kimberley Process now has 50 members representing 76 countries and accounts for over 99 per cent of the global production and trade of rough diamonds. Kimberley Process experts estimate that conflict diamonds have fallen from around 15 per cent of the global rough diamond trade in the 1990s to less than 1 per cent today. The UK is committed to ensuring that the Kimberley Process remains an important and credible mechanism for the prevention of conflict. We are therefore working with international partners to reform the Kimberley Process to help it better address the challenges facing the global diamond trade, in particular in relation to human rights abuses, which the Kimberley Process does not explicitly address.

I am pleased that agreement was reached on Zimbabwe diamonds at the Kimberley Process Plenary in Kinshasa in November. The agreement is robust but fair. It allows Zimbabwe only to export diamonds from the Marange region that comply with Kimberley Process standards, whilst establishing a credible independent monitoring mechanism to ensure those standards are respected, including a role for civil society. The agreement commits Zimbabwe to take action to bring all mining in Marange into compliance with Kimberley Process minimum standards. The agreement also increases the likelihood that revenues from the export of Kimberley Process-compliant diamonds will benefit the Zimbabwean people. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond appropriately to any future developments. We urge all Kimberley Process partners, including Zimbabwe, to firmly uphold Kimberley Process principles and standards in the future.



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We are disappointed that Global Witness has decided to leave the Kimberley Process. As one of the founder members of the Kimberley Process, Global Witness has been a key partner in raising standards in the global diamond supply chain. Despite leaving the Kimberley Process, we hope that Global Witness will continue to engage with international efforts to strengthen and reform the Kimberley Process, as well as efforts to raise standards in the diamond supply chain.

Loughall Incident

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Shutt of Greetland: With respect to the total amount of damages paid and to whom, I have nothing further to add to the answer provided on 15 December, (Official Report, col. WA 285).

The judgment in the case of Kelly and others v the United Kingdom and related cases did not prescribe the action to be taken by the Government but did require an overall effective investigation into killings by State agents. The previous Government proposed a package of measures designed to ensure this in March 2002. Regular updates have been provided to the Committee of Ministers on the implementation of this package. In the specific case of Kelly and others, an investigation by the Historical Enquiries Team has been the principal remedy which responds to the concerns set out by the Court.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The information requested is shown in the table. Further information is published on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) website at: www.nice.org.uk/media/64A/EE/NICETADecisionSummary November2011.pdf.



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YearNumber of drugs and other technologies appraised1,2Number not recommended1

2000

27

1

2001

31

2

2002

54

6

2003

33

3

2004

49

0

2005

18

0

2006

48

3

2007

30

7

2008

44

9

2009

31

9

2010

47

8

20113

32

8

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Notes:

1 Includes routine reviews of appraisals undertaken in previous years so a drug/treatment indication combination may be included more than once.

2 Excludes terminated appraisals

3 2011 figures cover the period January-November 2011.

National Insurance

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): I refer the noble Lord to the answers I gave on 13 July 2011 (col. WA 189), 2 December 2010 (col. WA 484) and 16 November 2010 (col. WA 196), which explained why non-EEA workers are allowed a 52-week exemption from national insurance contributions (which includes employer contributions). Information on the amount of NICs foregone due to this exemption is not available.

NHS: Clinical Databases

Questions

Asked by Baroness Thomas of Winchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The bodies that constitute the National Health Service create clinical databases in response to local needs, and no information

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is held centrally about either the number of such databases or their funding. The information held on these databases is also largely a matter for local determination and will relate to the specific purpose of each database, and again no information is held centrally.

NHS: Food

Question

Asked by Baroness Miller of Hendon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): This information is not collected in the format requested.

In 2010-11, the department collected data from National Health Service trusts for the average total daily cost for the provision of all meals and beverages fed to one patient per day. The average cost for all trusts in England for 2010-11 was £8.58, inclusive of all pay and non-pay costs, including provisions, ward issues, disposables, equipment and its maintenance. It is not possible to exclude the cost of preparing and delivering such food because only a total cost is collected.



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The available data for 2010-11 have been placed in the Library.

The information has been supplied by the NHS and has not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of the information is the responsibility of the provider organisation.

NHS: Foundation Trusts

Questions

Asked by Lord Warner

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The department does not hold information in relation to the average cost of establishing a National Health Service foundation trust.

Asked by Lord Warner

Earl Howe: The information up to November 2011 is provided in the following table.

Outcome of applications by NHS trusts for foundation trust status
2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-12

Applications passed from Department of Health to Monitor

28

34

22

7

12

3

Withdrawn (a)

0

1

3

1

0

0

Deferred (b)

3

8

2

1

1

0

Postponed (c)

10

6

11

4

6

5

Rejected (d)

1

1

1

0

0

0

Total of (b, c, d)

14

15

14

5

7

5

Notes: Some of the numbers in the table include trusts that may be counted twice, if they have been deferred or postponed twice.

The trusts passed to Monitor in any given financial year may not be the same trusts shown as either withdrawn, deferred, postponed or rejected by Monitor in that year.

Definitions:

(a) Withdrawn = An applicant trust has withdrawn its application to Monitor for foundation status. The trust will revert to the department and will need to be referred back to Monitor by Secretary of State before a new assessment can be made.

(b) Deferred = Monitor's Board has made a decision to defer (delay) the decision on a trusts' application for foundation trust status, usually for a period of not longer than 12 months.

(c) Postponed = An applicant trust has requested (and Monitor has agreed) that Monitor's decision on it its application for foundation trust status is delayed, usually for a period of not longer than 12 months

(d) Rejected = Monitor's Board has rejected a trust's application for foundation trust status. The trust will revert to the department and will need to be referred back to Monitor by Secretary of State before a new assessment can be made.

NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

Questions

Asked by Lord Mawhinney



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Peterborough Primary Care Trust (PCT) spent 2.5 per cent of its revenue resource limit on continuing healthcare in 2009-10, and 3.3 per cent in 2010-11.

Expenditure figures on continuing healthcare were first collected centrally in 2009-10, so earlier figures are not available.

In providing these figures, the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care has interpreted "budget" to mean the PCT revenue resource limit. This represents the total allocation for the financial year and is the control that measures the statutory duty imposed on PCTs to maintain revenue expenditure (on an accruals basis) within approved amounts.

The number of people in receipt of continuing healthcare in Peterborough PCT is shown in the following table.

People in receipt of continuing healthcare in Peterborough PCT

2006-07

70

2007-08

71

2008-09

66

2009-10

152

2010-11

319

2011-12 quarter 2

409

Source: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care

Northern Ireland Office: Staff

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Shutt of Greetland: The Northern Ireland Office currently has 75 staff on secondment from the Department of Justice (NI). Each individual secondment has a separate start and end date, so it is not possible to provide information on each secondment without incurring disproportionate cost.

The revised environmental allowance is part of the terms and conditions of staff working for the Department of Justice (NI), and these terms and conditions continue to apply during secondment. Any assessment of whether or not this should continue is a matter for that department.



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Northern Ireland: Economy

Question

Asked by Lord Lexden

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The joint Ministerial Working Group on rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy met for the first time in Belfast on 15 December. The group is chaired by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke. The other members are the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson; the Northern Ireland Minister of State, Hugo Swire; First Minister, Peter Robinson; Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness; the Northern Ireland Minister for Finance and Personnel, Sammy Wilson; and the Northern Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster. The group is expected to conclude its discussions by summer 2012.

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Shutt of Greetland: One piece of correspondence concerning the NIHRC business plan for 2011-12 will be placed in the Library of the House: the letter dated 18 May 2011 from the NIO to NIHRC Director. The noble Lord may wish to note that the Commission's business plan for 2011-12 and strategic plan for 2011-2013 was placed in the Library of the House on 7 June 2011.

Nutrition and Health Claims (England) Regulations 2007

Question

Asked by Lord Gordon of Strathblane



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The conclusions drawn in the 2007 regulatory impact assessment were informed by data from the United Kingdom food industry. So far around 20 per cent of article 13 health claims have received a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), but many claims are pending further consideration (e.g. probiotics and botanicals) and so the final number of claims to be authorised is unknown. EFSA has undertaken rigorous scientific assessments of the highest possible standards in accordance with the requirements of the European Community regulation on nutrition and health claims.

OECD: Standards

Questions

Asked by Lord Chidgey

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint): The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises provide voluntary principles and standards that the UK Government encourage UK businesses to comply with wherever they are trading and operating. This includes OECD due diligence guidance for responsible supply chains of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Awareness-raising initiatives, staff training and guidance literature are used to highlight this guidance to businesses. However, government staff in-market are not qualified or resourced to carry out due diligence services on behalf of businesses; it is for those businesses to understand the guidelines and to ensure they operate in accordance with them, undertaking due diligence checks as required. Accordingly, if a business requests due diligence services it will be sign-posted to suitably qualified local legal firms. No records are kept on compliance with these guidelines, as compliance should be a matter for the local administration.



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The Export Control Organisation (ECO) provides advisory services in a number of areas. ECO is responsible for legislating, assessing and issuing export licences for controlled goods such as certain military and dual use goods, software and technology. The ECO operates an End-User Advice Service that enables exporters to request advice on whether ECO has weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or military end-use concerns related to the organisations or individuals they propose to ship goods to.

The UK Government are committed to securing a transparent and well-managed business environment for British companies overseas, including in regions of weak governance. Revenue generated by the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains a source of finance for armed groups and is a significant contributing factor to conflict. The UK, alongside other international partners, is working to ensure that the DRC's mineral wealth is under legitimate authority, as a source of revenue for the state and the local population, and to cut-off financial support to armed groups.

The FCO publishes information on its website about the various laws and mechanisms that may apply to businesses trading in conflict minerals, along with advice on where to obtain further information. The Government strongly urge all such businesses to seek independent legal advice and develop their due diligence accordingly.

Due to commercial confidentiality, it is not possible to provide the details of UK businesses that may be operating in any conflict-affected or high-risk markets.

Olympic Games 2012

Question

Asked by Lord Berkeley

Baroness Garden of Frognal: The Government have made no estimate of the costs of the firework displays in London planned for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Such displays will be the responsibility of either the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) or the Greater London Authority.

Parking

Question

Asked by Lord Patten

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): There have been no specific discussions with South Somerset District Council about on-street parking charges.



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Councils have a key role in promoting economic development, supporting local economic growth and local jobs.

This Government have already taken steps to support local high streets. Our plans for the local retention of business rates will mean that councils have a direct financial incentive in supporting business and retail growth in town centres.

We have also tackled flawed parking rules inherited from the last Administration. In January 2011, my department amended national planning guidance to:

remove Whitehall restrictions that imposed maximum numbers of parking spaces in new residential developments;change a policy that inhibited competition between council areas to one that said parking charges should not undermine the vitality of town centres;introduce a policy that parking enforcement should be proportionate;remove the policy that encouraged councils to set car parking charges to discourage the use of cars; andincrease support for electric car power-charging infrastructure in parking areas.

The draft national planning policy framework follows through on these changes by removing restrictions which impose maximum numbers of parking spaces in new non residential developments. This will relieve pressure on on-street parking.


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