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Cancer Research: Lottery Awards

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: To date, the 12 National Lottery distributors have given out a total of £5.1 billion.

The National Lottery Charities Board has awarded over £2 million to 11 cancer research projects. This accounts for 0.04 per cent. of the National Lottery awards. The board also made a further 52 awards to cancer related projects totalling £4 million.

Organisation Project TypeAward £
Imperial Cancer Research FundTo establish a cancer registry in West Yorkshire and to study the medical and social factors causing delay in diagnosis of breast cancer.Breast103,916
Radiotherapy Action Group ExposureA project to test whether high pressure oxygen therapy will reverse paralysis caused by radiotherapy in breast cancer treatment.Breast117,620
TENOVUSTo investigate the role of a particular gene in the growth and progression of breast cancer.Breast264,056
Women's Cancer Detection SocietyA research project to develop a means of identifying key features of cells as an aid to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.Breast159,052
Cancer Research CampaignA project to create a national centre for research into common cancers. The grant, over two years, will cover the cost of refurbishing and fitting out the Strangeways Laboratory in Cambridge. General476,973
Cancer Treatment and Research TrustThis project is to develop a new anti-cancer therapy which would work by cutting off the blood supply to tumours.General178,787
Gray Laboratory Cancer Research TrustA project to test the potential of new radiotherapy techniques on very resistant types of cancer.General138,328
Marie Curie Research InstituteA project to help correct malfunctioning genes by developing a method for introducing new genetic material into cells.General183,410
Yorkshire Cancer Research CampaignA research project to determine the structure of a protein that contributes to the spread of cancer.General86,502
Leukaemia Research FundA project to examine whether developments in blood-banking will contribute to safer and more successful transplants.Leukaemia90,465
The Barts Foundation for Research Ltd.A research project to determine whether screening for ovarian cancer will save lives.Ovarian335,592
Total Amount2,134,701

The table has been constructed using information provided by National Lottery Charities Board.

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Somerset House

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When, and on what terms, the recent lease for Somerset House was agreed between the Inland Revenue and the government agency concerned.[HL3048]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government assigned the whole of Somerset House to Somerset House Limited on a 128 year lease on 25 November 1997. Somerset House Limited has been established under the chairmanship of the right honourable Sir Timothy Sainsbury with the objective of restoring it fully, increasing public access and turning part of the building into an improved centre for art and culture.

Under the terms of the lease, Somerset House Limited will pay no rent to the Government for five years; after five years, it will pay 25 per cent. of the income receivable from its tenants; and after 10 years, 50 per cent. Also on 25 November 1997, Somerset House Limited leased the East, West and New wings of Somerset House to the Inland Revenue for 25 years at an annual rent of £2.1 million. The Courtauld Institute will continue to occupy the North Wing as a tenant of Somerset House Limited. A further lease was signed on 25 November 1997 under which the Lord Chancellor's Department would continue to occupy the South Wing until 1 June 1998. That department has now vacated South Wing, part of which is being renovated and adapted to house the Gilbert Collection.

Forestry Commission

Lord Hughes of Woodside asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What effects the Comprehensive Spending Review has had on the Forestry Commission.[HL3142]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): Following the Comprehensive Spending Review, we have allocated an additional £94½ million to the Forestry Commission over the next three years. This has enabled us to put an end to the programme of large scale sales of Forestry Commission woods and forests, as promised in our manifesto. If we had merely rolled forward the budgets set by the previous government, the commission would have had to sell about 80,000 hectares, or 10 per cent., of our forests. The commission will now be able to safeguard public access to these woods for walkers, cyclists, horseriders and many others who use the commission's forests for recreation and enjoyment.

The Forestry Commission will also develop and increase the opportunities for woodland recreation in our forests, entering into partnerships with the private sector where this is appropriate. For example, the commission's holiday cabins will be refurbished and expanded in association with the private sector, so that more people can enjoy holidays in the forests.

The Forestry Commission will also continue to enhance the economic value of our forests, while at the same time conserving and improving their biodiversity, landscape and cultural heritage. In addition, the commission will work to increase public understanding and community participation, and will target its support for the private forestry sector to secure a wide range of public benefits.

The Forestry Commission manages over 800,000 hectares of woods and forests--about 4 per cent. of the land in Britain. This is a valuable resource, and the Comprehensive Spending Review has ensured that the commission can continue to manage these woods and forests sustainably, for the benefit of future generations and in line with our international commitments.

Infectious Salmon Anaemia: Control Measures

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What actions they are taking on fish farm sites in the same area as sites which have had an attack of infectious salmon anaemia.[HL2949]

Lord Sewel: Farms sharing the same water catchment or coastal area as those where the presence of infectious salmon anaemia has been confirmed are subject to similar controls which require approval to:

    bring on to or remove from the farm any fish, whether alive or dead, eggs or gametes;

    dispose of any dead fish or their offal except under the supervision of the official service;

    bring on to or take from the farm any equipment, material or substance liable to transmit disease;

    enter on to or exit from the farm;

    bring a vehicle on to or take a vehicle from the farm.

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Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have banned the movement of live salmon from any fish farm sites as a precaution against the spread of infectious salmon anaemia; and if so, how many sites have been affected by the ban.[HL2950]

Lord Sewel: The controls placed on fish farms in the areas affected by Infectious Salmon Anaemia require official approval for any proposed movements of live fish. To date no movements have been banned.

All movements of live salmon from fish farms sharing the water catchment or coastal area or from farms within the wider coastal area subject to a higher level of monitoring require departmental approval. There are 106 farms affected by this requirement.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How long they intend a site which has had an outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anaemia to remain fallow before new smolts are introduced.[HL2987]

Lord Sewel: No final decision has been taken yet, but we are considering a requirement to fallow for a period of not less than six months following clearance and disinfection of all sites in a water catchment or coastal area where infectious salmon anaemia is found to be present.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in the light of the outbreaks of infectious salmon anaemia, they intend to ban the import into Scotland of live salmon at any stage in their life cycle; and[HL2986]

    Whether they intend to ban the import of salmonid parr and smolt in order to prevent the spread of Gyrodactylus salaris into the salmonid population in the United Kingdom.[HL2989]

Lord Sewel: The importation into Great Britain of live salmonid fish other than from Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland is prohibited. Salmonid eggs may be imported from certain parts of the EU because they have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Commission that they are free from serious fish diseases.

Consignments of eggs must be certified as having been thoroughly disinfected. Salmonid eggs may be imported from outwith the EU under licence, but only when they come from a source with equivalent fish health status. There are no plans to change these arrangements in the light of the outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia.

In order to prevent the spread of Gyrodactylus salaris within the European Community, European fish health requirements will be strengthened by the introduction of a system of health certification for movements of fish into areas which are free from the disease. In the meantime Great Britain has specific safeguard measures

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in place to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris from other areas.

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