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The work to update the need element of the formula was carried out by a team of researchers led by the University of Glasgow and the Information and Statistics Division, Common Services Agency, NHS Scotland. They have published their report. It can be found at http:[email protected][email protected]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, a special health authority, which reports to the Department of Health, manufactures anthrax vaccine. The vaccine is licensed. The vaccine licence holder is the Secretary of State for Health.
The product licence summary of characteristics states that the vaccine should be used alone. This information is included in the product summary provided to doctors with the vaccine. The patient information leaflet also asks patients to inform their doctor if they are taking any other medicines.
How many men and how many women have (a) been treated for and (b) died from disease caused by passive smoking in each of the last five years for which figures are available.[HL984]
It is estimated that smoking causes 120,000 deaths in the UK each year. (Source: The UK Smoking Epidemic: Deaths in 1995, Health Education Authority). Comparable figures are not available for other years.
The Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health (SCOTH) in its 1998 report concluded that, "exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is a cause of lung cancer and, in those with long term exposure, the increased risk is in the order of 20-30 per cent". The committee repeated the explanation of this risk set out in the Fourth Report of the Scientific Committee on Smoking and Health, ie, "a 20-30 per cent increased risk in exposed non-smokers would be a rate of 12-13
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Sterilization by ionizing radiation is an industrial process and is particularly suited to the sterilization of large batches of similar products. Irradiation can cause serious physical deterioration of materials, particularly those subjected to a previous sterilization process. Advice received from the Microbiological Advisory Committee is that, because of issues around the validation of the process and the routine monitoring required for small batches of product, as well as the effect of radiation on the materials concerned, irradiation is not suited to health service use.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The agencies of the North/South Language Body may retain any income generated, subject to the approval of the departments and the departments of finance. Such income would be used to defray the cost of running the agencies. In the case of the Irish Language Agency, such income includes the commission generated from the sale of books through Aisinteacht Dailiuchan Leabhar and income from the sale of educational and other publications through An Gum. The agencies may also avail themselves of other opportunities to generate funding, inter alia, from European Union sources. Neither agency has generated additional funds from these sources.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: In July 2002 the Ulster-Scots Agency advised the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure that it wished the Business Development Service (BDS) to develop an organisational structure involving initially a review of four core administrative posts. BDS, on 2 October, recommended a structure involving four-and-a-half core administrative posts.
For the reasons explained in my Answer of 11 December 2002 (WA37), the timing of departmental approvals enabled the two posts for the Irish Language Agency to be considered at the North/South Ministerial Council meeting on 9 October 2002. NSMC approval of the posts in the Ulster-Scots Agency would have been sought at that meeting had the matter then been sufficiently far advanced.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has not employed a consultant from the Community Relations Council to examine the area of cultural traditions. The department in progressing its commitment to Face to Facea Vision for Arts and Culture in Northern Ireland has however engaged the services of the Community Relations Council from September 2001 to assist in developing a cultural diversity policy framework. The Community Relations Council assigned a consultant with the ability to provide specialist support for DCAL in taking forward Face to Face. To date, no formal reports have been completed. It is the intention of the department however to issue the proposed cultural diversity framework based on this work for consultation in line with Programme for Government. The contract with the Community Relations Council will be terminated with effect from 31 January 2003. The cost of the project to date has been £34,506.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The national museums and galleries of Northern Ireland have developed a draft linguistic diversity policy which treats Ullans on an equal footing with Irish. The policy continues to have draft status at present because the outgoing board of trustees did not have an opportunity to approve it before the end of its term of office. However, it is hoped that the new board will formally adopt the draft policy in time for it to be fully implemented by autumn 2003.
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