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Bills: Suspension of Minimum Intervals between Stages

Lord Marlesford asked the Leader of the House:

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The information requested has been placed in the Library for Sessions 1991-92 to the present. The information requested is not available for any years before 1991-92. However, I have placed in the Library lists of Bills on which Standing Orders were suspended between 1980 and 1991 in order to allow more than one stage of a Bill to be taken in a day.

Organic Farming and Rural Economy Programmes: Administrative Costs

Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): The costs of Regional Service Centre administration of the Organic Farming and Rural Economy programmes are estimated to be:

2000-012001-02
(£000)(£000)
Organic Farming (RSC Administration) CP: 0409287
Rural Economy (RSC Administration) CP: 050765732

Table 10.5 and Annex 5 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's Departmental Report 2000 included scheme costs against these programmes in error. A corrigendum to the report will be issued shortly.


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Agricultural Wages Board: Annual Report

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are their future plans for the Agricultural Wages Board; and when they expect the 1999 report of the board to be published.[HL3212]

Baroness Hayman: The Agricultural Wages Board is subject to the Government's normal quinquennial review procedures. A review is currently under way. We have consulted widely. We have also commissioned independent research. We are currently considering the results and will make an announcement as soon as possible.

The annual report of the Agricultural Wages Board forms part of the Report on Wages in Agriculture. This publication includes reports on the Agricultural Wages Committees and the Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees as well as performance standards achieved by the Agricultural Wages Inspectors for the period 1 April to 31 March. The 1998 report was published on 29 October 1999. We hope to publish the 1999 report, which contains data up to the end of March 2000 to a similar timetable.

IACS: Complaints to Ombudsman

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many cases of complaint by farmers against the administration of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) have been referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration during each of the last five years.[HL3230]

Baroness Hayman: The PCA's office does not keep records in a form which enables us to respond to the question asked. Not all of the complaints made to the PCA proceed to a full investigation. However, records held by MAFF show that in respect of the schemes covered by the Integrated Administration and Control System there were a number of complaints that were fully investigated by the PCA during the period in question. The split by year is as follows:


    1995 3 complaints


    1996 4 complaints


    1997 2 complaints


    1998 1 complaint


    1999 6 complaints

Registered Homes Act 1984 and Protection of Children Act 1999: Tribunals

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which government agency or department is responsible for the selection and appointment of specialist members of tribunals established under

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    the Registered Homes Act 1984 and the Protection of Children Act 1999; what are the criteria for such appointments; and whether the qualifications and experience of appointees are available for inspection by the public.[HL3233]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Under the Registered Homes Act, the Lord President of the Council appoints the panel of expert members who can act as members on a Registered Homes Tribunal. The Act requires that panel members must have experience in social work, medicine, nursing or midwifery or such experience as the Lord President of the Council considers suitable. The Privy Council makes appointments to individual tribunal hearings on the basis of members' relevant experience in the type case which is the subject of the appeal.

For tribunals established under the Protection of Children Act, lay members will be appointed by the Lord Chancellor. The Act provides for lay members to be appointed after consultation with the Secretary of State for Health and no person may be appointed unless he or she satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed. The panel of lay members will include people with appropriate experience in social services, the National Health Service and education services.

The Care Standards Bill will mean a change to the current tribunal arrangements for registered homes. The Bill repeals the Registered Homes Act, under which the Registered Homes Tribunal is established, and provides for appeals brought in respect of regulated care services to fall to the tribunal established under the Protection of Children Act. The organisation and constitution of the Protection of Children Act tribunal will be expanded to accommodate all appeal cases resulting from the new regulatory arrangements.

We intend that appointments to the panels of chairmen and expert members under the new tribunal arrangements will be made by the Lord Chancellor. Such appointments will be prescribed and will include people with appropriate expertise within all the care services to be regulated.

Information about the qualifications and experience of expert members appointed to the Registered Homes Tribunal is publicly available from the Privy Council on request. No lay appointments have yet been made to the tribunal established under the Protection of Children Act. The Lord Chancellor's Department has no plans to publish information about lay members.

NHS Estates Executive Agency: Annual Report

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the Annual Report and Accounts 1999-2000 for the National Health Service Estates Executive Agency.[HL3406]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have received the report and copies have today been laid in accordance

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with the requirements of Section 5 of the Exchequer and Audits Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.

Drug-related Psychosis

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many cases of drug-related psychosis were diagnosed within the National Health Service in each year from 1990 to 1999 inclusive.[HL3248]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The information requested is given in the list.

Estimated finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of psychotic disorder due to psychoactive substance use (excluding alcohol and tobacco) 1989-90 to 1998-1999
England

Year
1989-90860
1990-011,200
1991-921,690
1992-931,660
1993-942,270
1994-952,530
1995-961,840
1996-971,850
1997-982,250
1998-99 2,030 (HES)

Notes:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Figures for 1998-99 are provisional as no adjustments have yet been made for shortfalls in data.

From 1995-96 ICD-10 codes have been used relating to psychotic disorder, (F11.5, F12.5, F13.5, F14.5, F15.5, F16.5, F18.5 and F19.5).

Prior to 1995-96, near equivalent ICD-9 codes have been used to map with ICD-10 codes

The equivalent ICD-9 codes relate to paranoid and/or hallucinatory states induced by drugs.

Pathological drug intoxication other and unspecified (292.1, 292.2, 292.8 and 292.9) as advised by the NHS Information Authority on the International Classification of Codes.

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The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many times Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Mental Health Act 1983 have been invoked in cases involving drug-related psychosis in each year from 1990 to 1999 inclusive.[HL3249]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Data on the use of Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in relation to cases of drug-related psychosis are not collected centrally. The Department of Health collects and publishes information relating to patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 on:


    admissions to hospital under the Act by section of the Act, sex, and category of disorder as defined and required under the Act. Psychiatric diagnoses are not collected;

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    changes in patients' legal status while in hospital;


    patients in hospital at the end of the year by sex and category of disorder as defined and required by the Act.

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider the resources and facilities available to the National Health Service to treat drug-related psychosis are adequate.[HL3250]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Currently provision of mental services varies widely across the country. The National Service Framework for Mental Health is aimed at improving both the quantity and quality of mental health services. This is being supported by substantial new investment to enable the development of an appropriate range of interventions and services which will meet the needs of patients.


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