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Lord Whitty: The UK Government are committed to abiding by the principles set down in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development of 1992 and are satisfied that the provisions of the Hunting Bill are compatible with the declaration.
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): The home sports councils deal with applications from organisations seeking recognition as United Kingdom or home country governing bodies. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews is the international governing body for golf (with the exception of the United States of America) and as such the sports councils have no authority over the body. The body therefore would not need to, and has not applied for, recognition by the Sports Councils. It is not possible to say if all requirements are met without a detailed application.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The quarterly headline figures appearing on the Department of Health's website provide a high level summary of performance against a wide range of measures. Quarterly information to primary care trust level on delayed discharges is made available to the Library in response to Parliamentary Questions. lynne
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We are publishing the Diabetes National Service Framework Delivery Strategy today, just 13 months after publishing the Diabetes National Service Framework Standards. An implementation group of outside experts has helped us to develop the delivery strategy. This is an important NSF and the first to be published under the Shifting the Balance of Power reforms. As such, it needed to be developed in a new way.
The delivery strategy confirms the targets in Improvement, Expansion and Reform: the next 3 years, putting in place registers, education and advice to support systematic treatment regimes and ensuring a systematic eye-screening programme to national standards.
These are the first steps in reaching national diabetes standards for services which lead to fewer people developing diabetes and better care for those who have it; are centred around the needs of people with diabetes, developed in partnership with health care staff, equitable, integrated and focused on delivering the best outcomes for the person with diabetes; and offer care that is structured and pro-active, providing people with the support they need to manage their own condition.
The delivery strategy offers a framework for the NHS to build capacity to put in place building blocks for the NHS to reach the national service framework (NSF) standards over the next 10 years. In addition to the two targets, key elements are setting up a local diabetes network, or similarly robust mechanism, which involves identifying local leaders and
As announced in the delivery strategy, we plan to appoint a national clinical director for diabetes this spring to provide both national leadership and support to localities in delivering the national service framework.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: When new tax credits start from next Aprilworking tax credit and child tax creditthe arrangements for entitlement to help with health costs via tax credits will continue largely the same as now. Families (single people or couples) who get working tax credit and child tax credit or working tax credit with a disability addition and whose income is below a certain limit will be entitled to full help with health costs.
In addition, families who cannot get working tax credit because they do not work 16 hours per week but get child tax credit and whose income is below the same limit will also be entitled to full help with health costs. This will include families whose income support stops when they start to get child tax credit.
The income limit will be based on the family's gross annual income; that is, income for the year before tax and national insurance are taken off. For tax credit awards, which start from April 2003, the income limit will be £14, 200 gross per year. This is around the same income level as now after taking account of inflation and 2002 Budget changes to tax and national insurance. lynne
Currently the Inland Revenue sends out a tax credit exemption certificate to families who are entitled to full help with health costs. For awards of the new tax credits, the Prescription Pricing Authority (in Newcastle) will send out exemption certificates on behalf of all the health departments. Families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland getting new tax credits who are entitled to full help with health costs will all be sent their exemption certificates by the Prescription Pricing Authority on the basis of information provided by the Inland Revenue.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The mandate of this interdepartmental committee is to examine how best to develop the historic Battle of the Boyne. The committee is making progress on this historic project, which has unique symbolic significance for the Unionist tradition in Ireland. Membership of the committee is made up of representatives of the Departments of Foreign Affairs, the Taoiseach, arts, heritage, Gaeltacht and the island, environment and local government as well as the Office of Public Works and Bord Failte.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The parties to the Belfast Agreement are those political parties represented in the negotiations that took place between 1996 and 1998 who remained at the conclusion of the talks and made clear their support for the agreement, along with the British and Irish Governments. The obligations of the Irish Government are as set out in the agreement
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