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Baroness Amos: The Report of the Board of Auditors to the General Assembly on the Accounts of the Voluntary Funds Administered by UNHCR for the year ended 31 December 1999 was presented to the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee on 27-28 September 2000. The Standing Committee concluded that UNHCR had taken forward the major recommendations of the 1998 audit report.
Baroness Amos: We have no such specific data for 1972 and 1982. We have not provided any assistance to higher education and scholarships since bilateral aid to Sudan was suspended in 1991. We provide assistance for humanitarian emergencies through the United Nations and international non-government organisations.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The Runnymede Trust received a grant of £16,778 from the Home Office Race Equality Unit in 1999 to set up a website to provide information of use to the minority ethnic voluntary sector. A list of the trust's funders can be found on its website at: www.runnymedetrust.org.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: My honourable friend the Minister of State for the Home Department (Mrs Roche) has received seven replies to the consultation paper. These were from the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, the Law Society, Maria Fyfe MP, Jenny Jones MP, Sports Network and a member of the public. Copies have been placed in the Library.
The responses raised no fundamental objections to the proposals set out in the consultation paper. My honourable friend the Minister of State for the Home Department therefore intends to implement these, taking account of the comments received so far as possible. The relevant amendments to the Immigration Rules will be laid before Parliament for approval in due course.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has been chairing a Fuel Task Force which comprises Ministers and representatives of the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, the oil industry, the police, the trade unions and others. Members of the task force signed a memorandum of understanding on 29 September. This establishes more robust systems to avoid disruption of fuel supplies. It commits signatories to establishing practical arrangements aimed at maintaining continuity of oil supply. In particular, it commits relevant signatories to establishing joint early warning systems and co-ordinated contingency plans; to joint emergency management systems; and to reducing the potential for intimidation of tanker drivers. Copies of the memorandum of understanding have been placed in the Library.
The task force is continuing to oversee work in support of the memorandum. As this concerns planning to respond to any future disruption, it would not be appropriate to give further details of this work.
Additionally, preparations are being made to ensure that properly trained and qualified military drivers would be available if required to help distribute fuel to essential users. If called upon, this would be provided
The events of last month demonstrated the importance of oil supplies to our economy and to our society. The economy relies on just-in-time supply chains. It benefits from their efficiency, but is vulnerable to disruption. It is not possible to eliminate all risk to oil supplies. Our aim has been the practical one of reducing the risk to the minimum.
My honourable friend the Minister of State for the Home Department (Mr Clarke) understands that Liverpool City Council will give priority access, which he supports, to the families of those who died in the disaster and to the survivors. The Lord Mayor made an announcement to this effect last Thursday during a conference organised specifically to discuss outstanding issues.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): Letters formalising the bilateral concordat between this department and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales were exchanged on 17 October 2000. The concordat, which is an agreement on the working relationship between the National Assembly for Wales Agriculture Department (NAWAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, establishes for all matters relating to the Welsh Assembly's responsibilities for agriculture, fisheries and food, an agreed framework for co-operation between the administrations.
The Government are looking forward to continuing the close and constructive relationship that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has developed with NAWAD following the introduction of devolution on 1 July 1999.
Copies have been lodged in the Library of the House and the document is on the Internet at http://www.maff.gov.uk/aboutmaf/devolve/devolve.htm. The Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales is placing copies in the Library of the Welsh Assembly.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): "Smoking Kills" committed all government departments to review their internal office smoking policies. The Department of Health has written to departments asking for progress reports. However, the precise policy to be adopted in each case is a matter for the department concerned.
What comparative information they have from other countries on differences in the rates of incidence of, and mortality from, prostate cancer in differing racial groups.[HL4198]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Office of National Statistics publishes data on cancer mortality and incidence. These data cannot however be broken down by ethnic group. Centrally collected Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data only provide information about treatment, and the data on ethnic groupings are unreliable.
At the Government's request, the Cancer Research Funders Forum (CRFF) made prostate cancer one of its first priorities. The CRFF commissioned a review of prostate cancer, which was published in October 2000. The review refers to research on variations in incidence and mortality from prostate cancer among ethnic groups. Work on United Kingdom ethnic minority groups shows that mortality is raised in Caribbean and West African migrants. In North America the mortality rate in African Americans is twice as high as in white Americans. Asian immigrants to the United States of America have a low incidence of prostate cancer, whilst Asians raised to adulthood
The Government are committed to increasing their funding for cancer research and by 2003 will be investing an additional £20 million each year in the infrastructure for cancer research, and an extra £4 million on prostate cancer research.
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