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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM), an independent advisory body, has provisionally concluded that it is unable to advise Health Ministers that the drug
The drug still remains available for use in the United Kingdom, because doctors who identify a need to treat patients with an unlicensed drug can do so on a "named patient" basis. A doctor prescribing an unlicensed medicine does so entirely on his or her own responsibility.
Lord Inglewood: It remains the Government's intention to extend the scope of the Health and Safety at Work etc. 1974 Act to the Houses of Parliament at a suitable opportunity. In the meantime, it is the policy of the authorities in both Houses to comply fully with the provisions of the 1974 Act as if they were binding on them in the same way as on the Crown.
Political agreement with unanimity was reached on a common position text of the draft directive on distance selling. When the directive is implemented, and subject to certain exemptions, suppliers of goods or services which are sold at a distance will be required to provide certain information and consumers will enjoy a seven-day cooling off period.
The Commission is consulting internally on a proposal to postpone the introduction for period of four years of an obligation to unit price products which are not sold in prescribed quantities. The Commission also gave a progress report on the draft directive on cross-border payments.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Viscount Astor): I am pleased to inform you that the Trustees of the Foundation for Sport and the Arts has agreed to dedicate up to £8 million a year for sports ground safety work in rugby league, rugby union, cricket and, where appropriate, non-league football, from 6 May 1995. This follows the Government's decision to reduce Pool Betting Duty by 5 per cent. which the pools companies have agreed should enable them to maintain their contributions to the foundation.
Grant aid will be distributed using the well established and effective machinery of the Football Trust. Further details will be announced shortly following consultation between the trust and the relevant sports governing bodies.
For smaller sports clubs with limited finances this is a significant development. For the first time clubs outside football will be able to apply to the Football Trust for a contribution to carry out important safety work. We have had many representations from other sports, and from football clubs in the Vauxhall Conference, who feel that they should be able to seek greater financial support from the trust for stadium redevelopment work.
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