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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Office for National Statistics, along with the two other UK Census Offices (the General Register Office for Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency), has conducted a lengthy programme of consultation with all main census users on their requirements for questions to be considered for inclusion in the 2001 census. Earlier this year the consultation process culminated in the users submitting business cases, setting out the uses and value of census information for each particular topic.
The case for a question on religion is amongst those which are still being considered by Ministers. The Government's proposals for the 2001 census, including the topics to be covered, will be published in a White Paper later this year or early in 1999.
Current legislation, the 1920 Census Act, does not permit a question on religion to be asked in Great Britain. If a question on religion were to be proposed for inclusion in the 2001 census, a change in legislation would be necessary.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Although the vast majority of police officers are honest and dedicated, the Government recognise that the corrupt activities of even a small number of officers can have a corrosive effect on the integrity of the service and how it is perceived by the public. That is why we fully support the proactive approach of Sir Paul Condon and those other chief officers who are seeking to identify officers whose integrity may be in doubt, and to root out those who are corrupt. We also welcome the establishment by the Association of Chief Police Officers of a working group on the prevention of corruption, and look forward to the outcome of continuing work by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary on the wider issue of integrity in the police service.
When standards of police behaviour fall below those which should be tolerated, either because of lapses in integrity or the way in which an officer carries out his or her duty, it is clearly essential that there are effective ways of dealing with that behaviour. That is why we are
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Her Majesty has expressed the intention of marking both the millennium and the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne by grants of city status. Towns which have expressed an interest in this honour will be contacted in due course and invited to submit formal applications.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): Following an open competitive tendering exercise, four individual research teams have been commissioned by the Department of Health to undertake a three-year evaluation of Personal Medical Services (PMS) pilots in England and Scotland. (PMS pilots, the first wave of which began on 1 April 1998, are currently being carried out by family doctors, nurses and community trusts). The different studies will focus on specific aspects of the pilots, thus comprising a wide-ranging programme
Within the National Health Service Executive regional office areas, the PMS pilots network with each other, both on a formal and an informal basis. The NPCRDC at Manchester University has established regular national networking meetings. Recently issued guidance on the second wave of PMS pilots, due to begin on 1 October 1999, suggested that "Health Authorities and potential pilot sites may also wish to discuss potential proposals with existing pilots and their Health Authorities".
Lord Whitty: In common with all rivers in the UK, the River Ure must comply with any statutory water quality objectives set to meet our European obligations. Water quality for the majority of the River Ure is high and, at present, there are no plans to establish domestic statutory water quality objectives under Section 83 of the Water Resources Act 1991. However, as part of the current periodic review of water company price limits for the period 2000-2005, the Environment Agency has identified candidate schemes which are to ensure that the existing non-statutory river quality objectives continue to be met. Decisions on company investment programmes will be taken by Ministers early next year.
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