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Asylum Appeals

Viscount Waverley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor: The number of adjudicator appeals determined between April 1997 and March 1998 was 22,184. My department does not collate information on how many appeals are successful and so could only provide the information requested at disproportionate cost.

Viscount Waverley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor: Rights of appeal against adverse asylum and immigration decisions are set out in the relevant legislation. Once an appeal has been lodged, it must be determined on merits. However, the Government are considering a number of proposals aimed at improving the appeals system. Our intention is to publish a consultation paper as soon as possible.

RAF Feltwell: Deep Space Tracking Facility

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): The Deep Space Tracking Facility at RAF Feltwell is under the command of the United States Air Force Space Command. It is not part of a particular NATO programme, although Her Majesty's Government and other NATO governments have access to data collected by the station.

Navigation Warfare Demonstration:UK Involvement

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Gilbert: Good progress is being made in establishing arrangements for UK involvement in the Navigation Warfare Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration, the purpose of which is to protect access to Global Positioning System signals.

Veterinary Drugs: Registration Fees for Merchants and Saddlers

Lord Graham of Edmonton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What fees are to be paid by merchants and saddlers for registration in 1998-99 with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain under the Medicines (Exemptions for Merchants in Veterinary Drugs) Order 1998.[HL1817]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The Schedule of Fees for Registration is given in the table:

Application in respect of each premisesPrevious fee £New fee £
Category 1 agricultural merchants
1. For registration under article 5234243
2. For retention of registration under article 5133138
3. For restoration of registration under article 5201209
Category 2 agricultural merchants
1. For registration under article 8145151
2. For retention of registration under article 88790
3. For restoration of registration under article 8129134
Saddlers not registered under article 5 or 8
1. For registration under article 12112112
2. For retention of registration under article 126565
3. For restoration of registration under article 129797

Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals

Lord Davies of Coity asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the membership of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals announced on 18 December 1997.[HL1816]

Lord Donoughue: Ministers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Department of Health and the territorial departments have approved the appointment of the following members to the Expert Group:


    Chairman


    Prof. H. F. Woods BSc BM BCh Dphil FRCP(Lon) FFPM FRCP(Edin) Hon FFOM

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    Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sheffield


    Members


    Prof. P. Aggett MB ChB FRCP Msc DCH


    Head of the Postgraduate School of Medicine and Health, University of Central Lancashire


    Prof. D. S. Davies BSc PhD BCh FRSC FRCPath HonMRCP


    Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital


    Prof. A. A. Jackson BA MBBCHIR MD FRCP


    Professor of Human Nutrition at the Institute of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton


    Dr. B. J. Kirby OBE MB ChB FRCP FRCPed


    Reader in Medicine and Consultant Physician, Post Graduate Medical School at the University of Exeter


    Prof. M. J. S. Langman BSc MD FRCP


    Professor of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham


    Prof. A. G. Renwick BSc PhD DSc


    Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Southampton


    Ms Barbara Saunders BA(Hons) FCP


    Freelance Consumer Consultant


    Dr. A. Thomas PhD FRCP MB ChB


    Consultant Physician with special responsibility for the elderly, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust


    Dr. A. Williams BSc LRCP MRCS MB BS MRCP (UK) D.Phil(Oxon) FRCP (London) FRCPCH


    Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics, St. George's Hospital, London

The observers to the group, selected from those nominated by interested parties, will be:


    Observers


    Prof. David Richardson BSc(Hons) MSc PhD FIFST FRSM


    Head of Nutrition Sciences and Communication, Nestle UK Limited


    Dr. Derek Shrimpton MA PhD F.I.Biol. C.Biol FIFST


    Consultant in Nutrition and Food Science


    Ms Sue Davies BSc(Hons)


    Senior Policy Researcher for the Consumers' Association


    Dr. Marilyn Glenville BEd MA PhD


    Chair of Foresight--the Association for Pre-Conception Care and Chair of the governing council for the British Association of Nutritional Therapists.

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Vitamin B6

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have received a copy of the Report Dietary Reference Intakes published by the Institute of Medicine of the American Academy of Sciences on 7 April; and whether they intend to take into account the conclusions of that report in the context of their consultation exercise on the proposed restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6; and [HL1732]

    Whether they accept the assertion in the recent letter to the Minister of Food Safety from Dr. John Hathcock that the American Academy of Sciences Report on Dietary Reference Intakes constitutes the most authoritative assessment of the safety of vitamin B6 in existence.[HL1735]

Lord Donoughue: We have received a pre-publication copy of the report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine on Dietary Reference Intakes. We have already made it clear that we will take account of the NAS report and any new scientific evidence submitted in response to the consultation exercise on its proposed restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6.

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to ask the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment to review its advice on the safety of vitamin B6 supplements in the light of the report by the American Academy of Sciences which concluded that there are no credible reports of adverse effects from intakes of vitamin B6 of 200 mg or less; and [HL1733]

    Whether they intend to respond to the conclusion of the recent American Academy of Sciences Report on Dietary Reference Intakes that the weaknesses of the study by Dalton and Dalton, which was relied upon heavily by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment in formulating its advice on vitamin B6 safety, "rule out the use of these data to base a UL [upper limit]".[HL1734]

Lord Donoughue: The Chairman of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) has already considered issues arising out of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on Dietary Reference Intakes and his initiated discussions on these with the chairman of the Institute of Medicine's sub-committee on upper reference levels of nutrients, Dr. Ian Munro. The NAS's views on the safety of vitamin B6 will be considered in more detail by the COT along with any new scientific data that may be submitted during the current consultation on the draft regulations required to implement the proposed controls on dietary supplements containing vitamin B6. The COT's response will be published.

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Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to meet any of those scientists involved in the writing and pre-publication review of the recent American Academy of Sciences Report on Dietary Reference Intakes to discuss the conclusions of that report in relation to the safety of vitamin B6.[HL1736]

Lord Donoughue: Arrangements are being made for a meeting between officials from MAFF and the COT Secretariat at the Department of Health with Dr. John Hathcock of the US Council for Responsible Nutrition--an association of the dietary supplements industry--and others who were involved in the writing and pre-publication review of the recent American Academy of Sciences Report on Dietary Reference Intakes.

Integrated Healthcare

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Following the welcome given by Ministers to the report Integrated Healthcare: A Way Forward for the Next 5 Years? published in October 1997, what discussions the Department of Health has now had with the chairmen of the groups who prepared the reports, to discuss:


    (a) the need for more research; and


    (b) the provision of healthcare services to patients.[HL1689]

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Professor John Swales, the director of research and development at the Department of Health, met Professor Stephen Holgate, who chaired the working group which prepared the research aspects of the Integrated Healthcare report, on 10 December to discuss its proposals. A meeting with Dr. David Peters, who chaired the working group which prepared the service delivery mechanisms aspects of the report, will be arranged following the Integrated Healthcare conference on 28 May which my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health is to address.

President of Armenia: Message of Congratulations

Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have congratulated the newly elected President of the Republic of Armenia on his election; and, if not, whether they intend to do so.[HL1742]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Her Majesty the Queen sent a message of congratulations to the newly elected President of the Republic of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, on 8 April 1998.



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