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Lord Gilbert: The current redundancy compensation terms for officers and soldiers of the non-regular permanent staff (NRPS) are published in the Territorial Army Regulations 1978. Redundancy payments are determined individually and are calculated on the basis of length of service, rank and rate of pay. Members of the NRPS who are made redundant and are subsequently re-employed in civilianised NRPS posts are not required to repay their lump sum compensation payment provided they have applied for the post in open competition.
The Royal Military Tattoo 2000 will be a flagship contribution by the Armed Forces to the country's Millennium celebrations. Within the setting of Horse Guards' Parade, the theme will be Defence of the Realm: Past, Present and Future, portraying a 1,000-year story. The event will take place between 10 and 15 July 2000, with one performance each evening.
From 2001 onwards, the spirit of the Royal Tournament will be carried forward in a showcase event in London. This will be a military tattoo at Horse Guards Parade, involving ceremonial, massed bands and pageantry. It will be held each summer inside a week.
In addition, a military festival will be held annually outside London at different military locations, also in the summer. In 2001 this will be Portsmouth, based on the Royal Navy's Festival of the Sea.
Baroness Hayman: In the absence of reliable up-to-date figures we have commissioned a detailed study of the costs directly and indirectly associated with delivery of caesarean section from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU). This includes comparative analysis of costs associated with other modes of delivery. The NPEU report is due in the autumn and will be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Baroness Hayman: This information is not collected centrally. Responsibility for the organisation of maternity services lies with individual National Health Service trusts, taking into account the needs of the local population, evidence of effectiveness and available resources. We would however expect that an appropriately qualified practitioner would be in attendance at the time of delivery and support the Audit Commission's recommendation that clinicians and managers in NHS trusts should ensure that women are not left without professional support in labour when they need or want it.
Baroness Hayman: Since 1994 the Department of Health has provided funding of £1.5 million for 33 development projects. A final report Changing Childbirth Development Projects Summary Report, which highlights achievements and lessons learnt and provides contact details, was published in August 1998. Copies have been placed in the Library. The report sets out the position as at mid-1998 and no further action to follow up the projects has been taken since then.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): Queries on operational matters concerning the War Pensions Agency are for its chief executive, Mr. Gordon Hextall. I have asked him to write to the noble Countess.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the number of appeals relating to Gulf War illnesses which are currently outstanding at the War Pensions Agency and the comparative figure at 30 June 1999.
The most recent figures available relate to 30 June 1999. At this date there were 203 appeals outstanding at the War Pensions Agency from Gulf War Veterans. 54 of these are from veterans who have made reference to "Gulf War illness" and the remaining 149 relate to other conditions such as injuries etc.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The Government are working hard to improve the lot of London Underground's passengers. We have just announced extra resources for London Transport of over £500 million for this year and next, in addition to the £365 million extra grant it received under the Comprehensive Spending Review. This extra funding will bring investment in the Underground system to £1.6 billion over two years.
We have also put in place a new management structure for London Transport, with a new non-executive chairman for London Transport and a new managing director for London Underground Ltd, earlier this year.
Lord Whitty: Improvements to this underpass are a matter for the highway authority, the London Borough of Lambeth. We understand that the council is shortly to start an assessment of the maintenance needs of the underpass with the intention of carrying out remedial works in the near future.
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