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Somerset House

Lord Houghton of Sowerby asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): My department is still considering a range of options for the future use of Somerset House in conjunction with the departments currently occupying the building.

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Civil Enforcement Agents

Lord Cochrane of Cults asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made on the review of the organisation and management of civil enforcement agents.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): I have considered carefully the responses to my public consultation paper on this subject and I am now considering how the regulation, licensing and control of those who enforce judgments of the courts in England and Wales might best be effected, so as to ensure that both debtors and creditors receive a proper, efficient and professional service. I am anxious that those parts of the established system which work well should be preserved, and I intend to undertake detailed consultation with the Under Sheriffs' and Sheriffs' Officers' Associations and

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other relevant bodies in order to determine how best this might be achieved within a new statutory framework. I will announce the outcome of these deliberations by the end of the year.

Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act 1960: Review

Lord Stallard asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How their plans to review the Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act 1960 are progressing.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): On 6 February I announced our plans to commission an independent review of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act 1960. I can now report that JM Consulting Ltd, of Bristol, have been appointed to undertake the review. It is anticipated that the consultants will report their findings by the end of the financial year.

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