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NHS Walk-in Centre (Clapham Junction)

Mr. Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish an NHS Walk-in Centre at Clapham Junction; and if he will make a statement. [151152]

Mr. Denham: We have not received an expression of interest from the local health committee to set up a walk-in centre at Clapham Junction.

We are considering the roll-out of additional walk-in centres in the wider context of improving access.

Ambulance Services (Work Injuries)

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of litigation are being considered by the ambulance service relating to work injuries sustained by employees; and what has been the cost of such litigation in each of the last five years. [150679]

Ms Stuart: Since 1 April 1999, the National Health Service Litigation Authority has indemnified National Health Service trusts against employers liability claims.

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There have been 312 such claims against ambulance trusts. Fifty five of these cases have been closed without any payment being made. Two cases were settled during 2000-2001 at a total cost of £4,700. All other cases remain outstanding.

Figures in respect of employer's liability claims brought before 1 April 1999, and in respect of cases settled by National Health Service ambulance trusts without the involvement of the NHS Litigation Authority, are not held centrally.

Patient Referrals

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce new incentives for patients referred to consultants by their general practitioners to keep their appointments. [151319]

Mr. Denham: In 1998 we launched our National Booked Admissions Programme under which growing numbers of patients are being given the opportunity to agree a date and time for their outpatient appointment, or a date for admission to hospital. Booked dates enable patients to plan ahead and make any necessary work, childcare or other arrangements. Patients who have a say in their appointment date are much more likely to keep it. Under the NHS Plan all patients will be able to book their outpatient appointments and admission to hospital by the end of 2005.

Clinical Waste Disposal

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the National Health Service of clinical waste disposal. [151318]

Mr. Denham: From year end figures for 1999-2000 we are able to identify that the total annual cost to the National Health Service in England for clinical waste disposal was £29.2 million.

To help the NHS reduce the cost and environmental impact of incinerating clinical waste, we issued Health Technical Memorandum 2065 "Healthcare in waste management--segregation of waste streams in clinical areas" (1997). This document advocates a change of focus from simply disposing to managing waste throughout the production process.

Planning Permission

Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the occasions since 3 May 1997 (1) when an NHS hospital trust applied for outline planning permission before public consultation was initiated on the proposed development concerned; and which NHS hospital trusts were involved; [151456]

Mr. Denham: Information is not held centrally on planning applications made by National Health Service trusts and health authorities.

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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

EU Pavilion

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of the EU pavilion at the Hanover World Fair was; what its purpose was; what the UK share of financing the Euro-Kiosk was; what the cost of the EURODISC was; and if he will make a statement on the purpose and future use of the latter. [147465]

Mr. Wilson: The EU pavilion and associated structures at Expo 2000 in Hanover were financed and managed by the European Commission. Detailed information requested is available from the London office of the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom.

Lord Levy

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) cost to public funds and (b) purpose was of Lord Levy's visit to the Middle East in January. [146518]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 26 February 2001]: I refer to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) on 5 February 2001, Official Report, column 390W.

Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries visited by Lord Levy on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, and the purposes of each visit together with the cost to public funds in each case. [148308]

Mr. Wilson: I refer to the answers given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) on 5 February 2001, Official Report, columns 390-91W, and to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) on 20 December 2000, Official Report, column 236W.

Lord Levy also visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority as the Prime Minister's personal envoy on 21-23 February, to exchange views with leaders on regional issues.

Srebrenica Massacre

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests he has received from the French National Assembly to provide evidence to their inquiry into the Srebrenica massacre. [148554]

Mr. Vaz: The British Government have received no requests from the French National Assembly for written material relating to the Srebrenica massacre. However, we understand that the inquiry are interested in speaking to senior British officers who were serving in UNPROFOR at the time.

Special Advisers

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Special Advisers working for him will relinquish their posts when the next General Election is called. [149317]

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Mr. Robin Cook: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 13 February 2001, Official Report, column 130W.

Press Releases

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many press releases were issued by his Department in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000; how many have been issued in the current financial year; and what his estimate is of the total number for the current financial year. [149251]

Mr. Robin Cook [holding answer 8 February 2001]: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issues a daily bulletin of ministerial engagements and announcements. We do not keep records of the number of additional press releases issued each year.

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. [149772]

Mr. Vaz: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has no immediate plans to visit the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Kosovo Albanian Prisoners

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what actions have been taken by (a) UNMIK, (b) the EU, (c) the International Committee for the Red Cross, (d) the International Commissioner for Human Rights and (d) his Department to secure the release of the Kosovo Albanian prisoners detained in Serbia. [149778]

Mr. Vaz: UNMIK and the EU regularly raise the issue of Kosovo detainees with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) authorities. The International Committee of the Red Cross visit and provide humanitarian assistance to all Kosovo Albanian prisoners in Serbia and report regularly too on their findings. Representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visit Kosovo Albanians in Serbian prisons, monitor trails and lobby the authorities in cases of sick, juvenile and women prisoners.

We have stressed to the FRY authorities that it is unacceptable that people should be held for a prolonged period without trial. We have repeatedly made clear the importance we attach to the rapid resolution of this issue. We welcome the draft Amnesty law on political prisoners and call on the FRY and Serbian Governments to release all Kosovo Albanian prisoners held without charges or on political grounds.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Kosovo Albanian prisoners are detained in Serbia. [149777]

Mr. Vaz: According to Special Representative Mr. Henrik Amneus, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), 673 Kosovo Albanians are imprisoned in Serbia.

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