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Hospital Construction Costs

Lord Jacobs asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Each hospital development is unique, reflecting local requirements and circumstances. We are therefore unable to give an approximate cost. A 1,000 bed hospital would almost certainly be procured through the Private Finance Initiative route. The capital value would be dependent on many factors such as location, with the land and construction costs varying considerably, with inner London prices at over 25 per cent, higher than in many other parts of the country. Other factors include the geography and nature of the site chosen, and whether it is new build on an existing hospital site a greenfield site or a major refurbishment project.

Hospital Running Costs

Lord Jacobs asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: All hospitals are unique, reflecting local service requirements and circumstances. We are therefore unable to give a meaningful approximate cost for running a 1,000 bed hospital. Costs are dependent on many factors, such as location, with the premises and transport costs in particular varying considerably. Costs will also vary to reflect the type of services being delivered by the hospital, with some specialities making a much greater demand on running costs and maintenance than others.

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Medical Staff and Hospital Beds: Additional Requirements

Lord Jacobs asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In order to satisfy their requirements for an improved performance by the National Health Service, what is their estimate of the number of additional (a) nurses; (b) doctors; (c) specialists; and (d) hospital beds needed.[HL3330]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Extra money made available from the Comprehensive Spending Review will enable the National Health Service to take on up to 7,000 more doctors and 15,000 more nurses by March 2002 to improve frontline care. We intend to ensure there are the right number of the right sort of beds in the right places in order to meet patient needs. As a result we set up the National Beds Inquiry, which was published for consultation earlier this year.

The requirements for nurses, hospital and family doctors and hospital beds in the NHS will be reviewed as part of the National Plan for Health, which is due to be published shortly.

Advisory Panel on Works of Art

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked the Chairman of Committees:

    (a) who are the members of the Advisory Panel on Works of Art;

    (b) how often the panel meets; and

    (c) when the panel last met.[H3286]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham):


    (a) The members of the Advisory Panel on Works of Art are: Lord Freyberg Lord Gavron Baroness Hilton of Eggardon (Chairman) Lord Jacobs Lord Lloyd-Webber Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Lord Mancroft Lord Palmer Baroness Rawlings Lady Saltoun of Abernethy together with the Clerk of the Parliaments.


    (b) The Panel usually meets around five times per year.


    (c) It last met on 17 July.

New Deal Jobs

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their estimate of the number of new jobs created by the New Deal in 1998 and 1999; and what is their estimate for the year 2000.[HL3297]

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The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The precise information asked for is not available.

The New Deal is not a job creation programme. It aims to help unemployed people to find jobs as quickly as possible, and to stay in work by improving their skills, experience and self confidence in the competition for jobs. The New Deal will however lead to some extra jobs being created by firms because of its positive impact on the numbers, skills and other qualities of employable people who are looking for work.

Asylum Seeker Children: School Places

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What information they hold on the proportion of asylum seekers' children who have been found school places.[HL3320]

Baroness Blackstone: We do not keep information centrally on numbers of asylum seeker children who have found school places. However the Refugee Council recently estimated that 63,000 of the 65,000 children of asylum seekers in this country have found school places. This is a tribute to schools and LEAs who work so hard to find places for these children.

We want schools and LEAs to make sure all children of asylum seekers get school places. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State announced that an extra £1.5 million would be available to secure places for all children of asylum seekers dispersed under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Asylum Seeker Children: School Uniforms

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Who is responsible for finding money for the purchase of school uniforms for asylum seekers' children.[HL3322]

Baroness Blackstone: Local education authorities have a discretionary power to provide school uniform or clothing, or to assist with the cost of providing it, for pupils in schools they maintain.

Examination Results: Publication

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether analyses of schools' examination results produced by the National Consortium of Examination Results (NCER) are currently available to members of the public under the code of practice or other arrangements; and whether they will be available under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Bill from (a) the NCER, or (b) local education authorities; and, if not, why not.[HL3304]

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Baroness Blackstone: The National Consortium of Examination Results (NCER) is an informal association of local education authorities in England, the purpose of which is to make arrangements on their behalf for the provision of information on pupils' examination and National Curriculum assessment results and associated services. The consortium does not itself hold such data and does not, therefore, make information available to members of the public.

Since it has no separate legal status, the NCER would not be considered a public authority under the terms of the Freedom of Information Bill currently before Parliament. As public authorities, the Bill's provisions for the statutory rights of access to information will apply to local education authorities when enacted.

Marine Anti-fouling Paint

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What action they are taking to encourage the International Maritime Organisation to introduce a total prohibition on the use of tributylin (TBT) anti-fouling paint on commercial vessels; and when they expect such a ban to come into effect.[HL3279]

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): Her Majesty's Government supported the International Maritime Organisation's Assembly Resolution A.895(21), which states that a legally binding instrument should be developed to ensure a global prohibition of the application of organotin compounds acting as biocides in anti-fouling systems on ships by 1 January 2003 and a complete prohibition of the presence of such compounds on ships by 1 January 2008. The aim is for the draft international convention to be adopted at a diplomatic conference in October 2001.

Immigration Advisers: Regulation

Lord Rea asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress is being made by the Immigration Services Commissioner in establishing the scheme of regulation for immigration advisers and service providers.[HL3432]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): As my honourable friend the Minister of State for the Home Office, Mrs Roche, indicated in another place on 22 May, Official Report, col. 370W, the Immigration Services Commissioner took up post on that date. The commissioner is in the process of consulting widely within the advice sector in order to formulate the rules and standards which will govern the regulatory scheme. The commissioner expects to have published

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the documents required by Part V of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and to be ready to consider exemptions and applications for registration from 30 October 2000. We expect the full regulatory scheme to come into force in April 2001.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the written answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 26 June (WA 61-63) on the type and make of cars used by the Home Office, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Home Office by the Government Car Service for the use of Ministers and senior officials.[HL3163]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The information requested is not held by the Home Office. I refer my noble friend to the Answer given to him by my noble friend the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, on 6 July (Official Report, WA 148).


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