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Baroness Hayman: Referrals under the Abortion Act are part of the general medical services provided by general practitioners. Guidance issued by the British Medical Association states that practitioners with a conscientious objection to abortion who fail to refer on to another practitioner quickly could be alleged to be in breach of their terms of service. In these circumstances public statements about the GP's personal views on abortion are neither necessary nor appropriate.
The White Paper The New NHS outlines a number of steps which the Government will be taking to improve the consistency of service provision throughout the NHS. Health improvement programmes (HIPs) will be drawn up by health authorities in consultation with NHS trusts, primary care groups, primary care professionals, the public and other partner organisations such as local authorities. The HIP will set out the strategic direction on improving health and on delivering better health and social care as well as setting out the framework for action on commissioning services. We will aim for maximum consistency while still allowing appropriate local and individual responsiveness.
Baroness Hayman: Aggregate information for 1992-94 on food vehicles associated with outbreaks for this period can be found in a review of general outbreaks published in the Public Health Laboratory Service's (PHLS) Communicable Disease Review, vol. 6,
Baroness Hayman: The Government's decisions on banning the sale of beef on the bone and on the extension of leucodepletion for all blood for transfusion were both taken in the light of advice from the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC), taking account where appropriate of the views of the Chief Medical Officer. This advice together with the Government's response is published and copies are available in the Library.
Baroness Hayman: The Government currently fund smoking education campaigns for both adults and teenagers, which includes information on the dangers of addiction to nicotine, at a cost of £6.5 million per annum.
Baroness Hayman: We are setting up a review of the Mental Health Act 1983. The aim of this review will be to ensure that mental health legislation supports the safe and effective delivery of modern patterns of clinical and social care for people with a mental disorder and to ensure that we achieve a proper balance between individual rights and the requirements of the safety of both the individual and the wider community.
As a first step in this process, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health is going to appoint a small team of experts to advise me on the areas of the current legislation which need to be revised or supplemented to support effective, modern mental health services. The group will comprise representatives from the legal profession, professional groups involved in the delivery of mental health services and user/public interests, and it will report to me next spring. We will specifically want their advice to include consideration of possible measures such as compliance orders and community treatment orders.
We aim to ensure that the legal framework that we will put in place for the new millennium is appropriate to deliver a full range of services in line with our proposals for a national service framework for mental health services and will provide a prompt and effective legal basis to ensure individuals get supervised care if they fail to comply with their medication or if their condition deteriorates for any other reason.
Baroness Hayman: We have received the report and accounts of the Medical Devices Agency and copies were laid yesterday before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Section 5(2) and 5(3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.
Baroness Hayman: We have approved the report and accounts which has been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Section 5(2) and 5(3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Responsibility for determining the composition of the House of Lords in its judicial capacity, and of Appellate and Appeal Committees, lies with the Lord Chancellor. However, for many years it has been the policy of successive Lord Chancellors in practice to delegate this responsibility to the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Thus it will be for him to determine which Lords of Appeal sit in the House of Lords to hear cases under the Human Rights Bill.
The Lord Chancellor: Responsibility for determining the composition of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council lies with the Lord Chancellor. However, for many years it has been the policy of successive Lord Chancellors in practice to delegate this responsibility to the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Thus it will be for him to determine which members of the Judicial Committee sit in the Privy Council to hear cases under the provisions of the Scotland Bill and the Government of Wales Bill.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs): It is planned to publish three reviews: the Elections Review; the Review of Strategic and Financial Management arrangements in respect of the Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards; and a consultation paper on the Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland.
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