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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): We are not aware of any representations from a Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centre on prescribing responsibilities for nurses in haemophilia centres. The Government's proposals for the extension of prescribing responsibilities to more nurses are set out in a press release issued on 4 May 2001, a copy of which is available in the Library.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Her Majesty's Government are currently considering with other interested parties the best way to monitor action flowing from the recommendations made by the inspectors in the case of Mirror Group Newspaper plc.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: In February 2001 we issued the draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001, which will amend the existing legislative framework governing the private recruitment industry. The regulations will
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Government believe the necessary institutions and safeguards of a mature democracy extend well beyond those circumstances where it is appropriate for the will of the people to be paramount on every occasion and issue. For example, we must have clear laws and independent and objective means of administering them; anything else would risk lynch law and mob rule.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Two of the 51 nominees interviewed were seen twice to allow them to meet commission members who were unavailable on a previous occasion. As the commission's report on its website, houseoflordsappointmentscommission.gov.uk, sets out, nominees were not interviewed by the whole commission but by two or more members, including at all times the chairman. The same procedure and format were used for each interview.
Lord Bach: There are a number of costs allied to the provision of Wessex helicopters in Northern Ireland such as aircrew and engineer salaries, accommodation, fuel, logistics, spares, maintenance etc. This expenditure is not recorded centrally. However, based on the number of flying hours provisioned for Wessex in Northern Ireland, using an aggregate full cost of £7,487 per Wessex flying hour as at 1998 (the intermediate year) prices, the costs for each of the past five years are set out in the table below:
Lord Bach: The twenty-second and twenty-third aircraft from the RAF Chinook Mark 2/2a fleet are currently being fitted with cockpit voice and flight data recorders as part of the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) programme, which leaves 17 of the fleet still to be so equipped. Progress on this programme is of necessity slower than we would wish given that, as previously explained, the operational requirement for these helicopters is a first priority. It is now anticipated that the programme will be completed during the spring of next year.
Lord Bach: Progress on the A400M programme is highlighted by the significant step forward recently achieved when the Secretary of State for Defence, with several European colleagues, signed the A400M Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Paris Airshow on 19 June. This MoU commits the UK to buying 25 A400M aircraft in order to satisfy the UK's future transport aircraft requirement, alongside commitments from other partners. Signature of the A400M MoU paves the way for placement of the contract with Airbus Military Company, has the force of law for some partner nations, and is a significant step in securing the project. Signature of the contract is conditional on satisfactory completion of contractual negotiations. Officials are working hard to resolve these issues with a view to contract placement as soon as possible.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker): Eurojust is an initiative included in the Conclusions of the European Council in Tampere on 15 and 16 October 1999, and the draft decision is currently being negotiated. The objective of Eurojust is to improve co-operation between national prosecutors and aid national criminal investigations into serious organised crime. Eurojust's power of inquiry would go no further than to aid investigations and prosecutions carried out by national authorities. It will be able to facilitate, but not insist upon, cross-border co-operation. It would not have the power to order detention or to order extradition, nor would it have the power to prosecute.
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