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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): A Bill to ban tobacco advertising and promotion will be introduced as soon as the Parliamentary timetable allows.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath; Much of the growth in the workforce will be delivered from the increase in doctors and nurses in training. There are over 6,000 more nurse training places and 820 more doctors in the registrar group than there were in 1997. Recruitment and retention initiatives and international recruitment will also contribute to delivery of the workforce increase. Targets have not been set for the number to be recruited from doctors and nurses who trained or are working abroad.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The need for further research work on the effects on health of air pollutants, especially on the effects of long-term exposure to pollutants, has been reviewed by the Department of Health. It is likely that a call for research proposals will be published later this year. The areas selected for study will be listed in the call for proposals.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The effects on health of exposure to indoor air pollutants will be included as some of the topics to be listed in a call for research proposals that is likely to be published later this year. Emphasis will be placed on particles and carbon monoxide.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We recognise the importance of detecting and treating diabetes as early as possible. We are exploring possible approaches to improving early identification of the condition, including public and professional awareness raising and are planning further work on the evidence for and feasibility of screening sub-groups of the population at high risk of developing diabetes.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The number of people being identified as having Asperger's Syndrome is increasing. Although more people are being diagnosed in childhood, improvements in diagnosis are also resulting in the initial identification of adults with this disorder. A recent analysis by the National Autistic Society of data from 450 parents of adults with autistic spectrum disorders suggested that 46 per cent of adults with Asperger's Syndrome were not diagnosed until after the age of 16.
Screening, diagnosis and early interventions in autism are being addressed by a group chaired by Professor Ann Le Couteur. We will consider what further action on diagnosis might be necessary in the light of that group's report.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The NHS and Community Care Act 1990 gave local authorities a duty to give a community care assessment to anyone who, in their view, might be in need of community care services. About 1 million clients in England had completed assessments during the period 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000. This figure is not broken down by client group.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Coal mine methane is a fossil fuel and this precludes its inclusion as a renewable form of energy as defined under the Utilities Act 2000. As a fossil fuel, it will not be eligible for support under the Renewables Obligation.
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): The Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 will be the biggest multi-sport event ever held in the United Kingdom. They will leave a lasting sporting, economic and social legacy.
The Minister of State at the Cabinet Office explained, in evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 20 March, that Manchester City Council, with the Government, had arranged a review of the finances and organisation of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester next year as a build-up to the games moves from the planning to the implementation phase.
Following the review, conscious of the benefits the games will bring to the nation as a whole, the Government announced on 2 July that they had agreed to provide up to £30 million to support the games. In addition, Sport England has also agreed to provide up to £30 million to support the games' costs in addition to its existing contribution to capital facilities. Manchester City Council will also make available a further £45 million. Twenty-five million pounds of these funds will be held jointly by the three parties as a contingency fund. Government's support is additional to the £10.5 million which the Government have already made available towards the costs of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games, and marks the full extent of the financial support the Government are prepared to make available.
The Government consider that this package should give the games' organisation sufficient certainty to deliver the games. Manchester City Council continues to retain financial responsibility for the games.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): The total number of persons of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was 22.3 million as of January 2000. Of these, 11.7 million were refugees, 1.2 million asylum-seekers, 2.5 million returnees and 6.9 million internally displaced persons or others of concern. UNHCR's core mandate is the protection of refugees' rights. The organisation may also provide humanitarian assistance to persons of concern according to need.
The Department for International Development (DFID) provided approximately £20 million to UNHCR during the year 2000-01 as part of a package of targeted assistance for humanitarian response and to improve the organisation's internal management and programme delivery. Contributions this year are likely to be at a similar level, although this will depend on specific appraisal of needs in response to particular cases affecting refugees.
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