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The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The projections published on 20 January in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 1/99 already include an estimate of around 4,000 added to the prison population over 10 years as a result of the implementation of Section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): All hearing aids are defined as medical devices under the European Medical Devices Directive. This directive has been enacted in United Kingdom legislation as the Medical Devices Regulations 1994. The regulations require medical devices to meet appropriate standards of safety, quality and efficacy. The manufacturer has to demonstrate compliance with these regulations. Depending upon the potential risk posed by a device, compliance may involve a self-declaration of conformity, independent type testing or quality auditing of the manufacturing facility.
Baroness Hayman: The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) advises that there is no evidence that fluoridation adversely affects the immune system. BSACI and the American Association for the Study of Allergies agree that there is no evidence of allergy or intolerance to fluoride as used in the
Baroness Hayman: A useful summary is contained in the "Findings and Conclusions" section of Review of Fluoride: Benefits and Risks (Department of Health and Human Services USA 1991). We have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.
Baroness Hayman: The derivation of estimates of fluoride intakes is explained in Chapter 36 of the sixth (1994) and later impressions of the Department of Health Report on Health and Social Subjects 41 "Dietary reference values for food energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom". The 1994 report included an estimate that adults had a mean intake of 1.82 mg per day in non-fluoridated water areas and 2.90 mg per day in fluoridated areas, assuming an average consumption of 1.1 litres of water daily. We are considering how we might supplement this information by testing systemic levels of fluoride in a sample of the population.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Simon of Highbury): Some chemicals are prohibited under the Classification, Package and Labelling of Dangerous Substances Directive, while others are not allowed for use in consumer products under the Restrictions on the Marketing and Use of Certain Substances and Preparations Directive.
The safety of chemicals not prohibited under these directives and intended for use in consumer products is regulated by the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 1994, which require
Lord Simon of Highbury: Organophosphorus compounds are found in consumer products such as flexible polyurethane foams, resins and coatings, PVC, rubber, paint and cellulose acetate and coatings. The organophosphorus compounds used in such consumer products should not be confused with the highly toxic pyrophosphates, such as tetraethyl pyrophosphate, which are used in insecticides.
Whether they will set up a single government procurement agency; and[HL732]
Whether they are satisfied that their policy towards procurement by government departments and agencies produces a good value for money.[HL731]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: On 17 November 1998, Peter Gershon, Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems, was asked to review civil procurement in the light of the Government's objectives on efficiency, modernisation and competitiveness. He will report to the Prime Minister within a few weeks.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
In the absence of the Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch, I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to reply to your parliamentary Question about the closure of North Carriage Drive while concerts are held in Hyde Park.
We shall have to close North Carriage Drive at the time of the concerts, although we have not yet decided for how long we will need to close it. We have done this for a number of years when major events are being held in Hyde Park to allow contractors to install and dismantle the event site safely. I can assure you we will arrange the closures so that they cause the least possible disruption.
We are not required to carry out environmental or traffic impact assessments. Nor, since park roads are Crown roads, maintained and policed by the Agency, are we required to seek the agreement of the relevant local traffic authority. When planning the concerts we will inform the Metropolitan Police about the proposed road closure so that they can arrange to give adequate advance warning to motorists.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): In Session 1997-98 there were 228 sitting days. The average attendance record of Life Peers during that period was 98 attendances per Life Peer. This is calculated by dividing the total number of attendances by Life Peers during the Session (52,213) by the total number of Life Peers who were eligible to attend at least part of the Session (535). The average attendance record of active hereditary Peers (defining "active" as those who attended at least one-third of sitting days) was 163 attendances per active hereditary Peer. (Source: House of Lords Information Office).
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