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Oil Production Equipment Exports to Sudan

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: One application was received in 1997 but no ECGD cover was provided.

British Telecom

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: DTI officials have discussed BT's plans for its ADSL rollout with it on a number of occasions, but the details of the rollout are a commercial matter for BT. The independent telecommunications regulator, OFTEL, has been working to ensure effective competition in the provision of ADSL and other broadband services. Once BT has installed ADSL on local lines, it will be required to give service providers access to its upgraded system on non-discriminatory terms. OFTEL is also requiring BT to open up its local loop to other operators so that they can compete in the provision of broadband access. The Government believe that competition, both from other ADSL providers and other high speed services such as broadband cable, is the best way to ensure that access to broadband services is affordable for both consumers and small businesses.

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Companies are entitled to seek to establish and enforce patent rights in the interests of their shareholders. British Telecom is a

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private company and its actions in this area are a matter for itself.

Factortame Judgment: Payment of Claims

Lord Merlyn-Rees asked Her Majesty's Govenrment:

    How they intend to meet expenditure relating to payment of claims following judgment against the UK in the Factortame case.[HL3160]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): Parliamentary approval to expenditure arising from the Factortame case is being sought in the Main Estimate for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Class X, Vote 2). Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £9,735 million is being met by repayable advances from the Contingencies Fund.

Tuberculosis Cases in London

Lord Harris of Haringey asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What were the numbers of cases of tuberculosis notified in each of the London health authorities in each of the last five years.[HL2981]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The information requested is provided in the table.

Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre--London Tuberculosis Notifications 1995-1999

District Health Authority19951996199719981999
Barking and Havering4330414344
Bexley and Greenwich4359728781
Brent and Harrow272257259236286
Camden and Islington135138182187171
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow241287290350351
East London and The City398402427438442
Enfield and Haringey140154190167198
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster128162156124153
Kingston and Richmond2725193131
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham198235226241242
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth104103132106104
Redbridge and Waltham Forest131131194163164
London Region Total2,0422,1902,4112,4442,509


Public Health Laboratory Service.

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