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Lord Campbell-Savours asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Filkin: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has provided the following information about compensation awards made for non-consensual vaginal or anal intercourse in the last three financial years:

Financial YearNumber of Awards
1999–20001,437
2000–011,390
2001–021,336

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will refer to the police any case where it suspects that a false claim has been made and co-operate in the police investigation of any such allegation. I understand that the authority has identified two cases in recent years where following an application for compensation for rape there was a prosecution on the grounds that the claim was false.


Turkey: Imrali Island Prison

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will ask the Turkish Government to respond to the Council of Europe's Committee on the Prevention of Torture concerning conditions in Imrali Island Prison and any other relevant outstanding issues raised by the committee. [HL1102]

The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Her Majesty's Government have no plans expressly to ask the Turkish Government to respond to the Council of Europe's Committee on the Prevention of Torture concerning conditions in Imrali Island Prison. There are already encouraging signs of closer co-operation between the new Turkish Government and the Council of Europe, including the Committee on the Prevention of Torture, most recently in Prime Minister Gul's speech to the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 January 2003; but also in a pattern of co-operation with the Committee on the Prevention of Torture.

We do, however, raise human rights issues with Turkey at regular intervals, for instance during an ongoing human rights dialogue, the last round of which took place in London on 26 November 2002.

Household Waste

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs contribution will be to the recycling and composting of household waste. [HL1406]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for the policy framework within which local authorities manage household waste, including recycling and composting. The department has a number of functions associated with that policy framework. These include:


    setting statutory performance standards for recycling and composting which individual local authorities must deliver by 2003–04 and 2005–06;


    sponsoring the Waste and Resources Action Programme—a company established by government to help to promote sustainable waste management through tackling market barriers to recycling and removing barriers to waste minimisation, reuse and recycling;


    administering funds that are designed to assist local authorities in delivering sustainable waste management solutions over and above the general revenue support grant that is provided in the Local Government Finance Settlement. These funds include a waste minimisation and recycling challenge fund (£140 million for 2002–03 and 2003–04) and £355 million of local private finance initiative (PFI) resources.

Farming Subsidies

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the proposals for changes to the system of farming subsidies announced on 22 January, how many farms which have an income above the threshold for a cut in subsidy of 12.5 to 19 per cent do not have a profit level sufficient to absorb the subsidy cut without making a loss.[HL1509]

Lord Whitty: The proposals announced on 22 January form a complex package of measures. A significant part of the package is the proposal to decouple the majority of the subsidy payments from production and to create a "single farm payment". This decoupling will permit farm businesses to restructure in order to achieve business profitability exclusive of the new income payment. In addition, the proposals allow for the recycling of a share of the modulated funds to producers for rural development.

The specific nature of farm business restructuring as a result of decoupling will depend on producers' preferences and their responses to market signals. Furthermore the modulation rates of 12.5 and 19 per cent will not be reached until 2012, around a decade hence. For these reasons it is not feasible to give reliable estimates of the effect on farm profits.

Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilot

Lord Graham of Edmonton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In which location the job retention and rehabilitation pilot will operate.[HL1700]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The Department for Work and Pensions together with the Department of Health and appropriate Scottish Executive officials are currently preparing for the implementation of job retention and rehabilitation pilot in April 2003 in Birmingham, Greater Glasgow, Sheffield, Tyneside, Teesside and West Kent.

This research pilot will evaluate the impact of innovative strategies involving health and workplace interventions. The aim is to help employed and self-employed people who have been off work sick for over six weeks return to and remain in work. Pilot service providers will market the pilot throughout local communities including health professionals and employers to raise awareness and encourage people to volunteer. The pilot will operate in the following post code locations:

Birmingham

For people who live and work in:


    ALL B codes (except the following: B80 7, B95 6, B49 6, B49 5, B50 4)


    CV1–CV13


    CV31–CV32


    CV34–CV35


    DY1–DY3


    DY5–DY13


    DE11–DE15


    ST16


    ST17


    ST18 9


    ST19


    TF1–TF5


    TF7


    TF11


    WR1 1


    WR1 2


    WR1 3


    WR2 4


    WR2 5


    WR2 6


    WR3 7


    WR3 8


    WR4 9


    WR4 0


    WR5 1


    WR5 2


    WR9 0


    WR9 7


    WR9 8


    WR9 9


    WS all codes


    WV1–WV15

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Glasgow

For people who live and work in:


    G1–G83


    ML1–ML9


    PA 1–PA 14


    FK1


    FK4


    FK6

Sheffield

For people who live in S1 to S81 and work in:


    S1–S81


    LS1–LS29


    BD1–BD23


    WF1–WF17


    HD1–HD9


    SK1–SK23


    NG1–NG34


    DE1–DE73


    DN1–DN22

Teesside

For people who live and work in:


    TS1–TS29

Tyneside

For people who live and work in:


    NE1–NE13


    NE15–NE17


    NE21


    NE23


    NE25–NE40

West Kent

For people who live and work in:


    BR all codes


    CR0


    CR2


    CR3 0


    CR4


    CR6–CR8


    DA all codes


    ME6


    ME14–ME16


    ME18–ME20


    TN1–TN4


    TN8–TN11


    TN12 5


    TN12 6


    TN12 7


    TN13–TN16


    E1 6


    E1 7


    E1 8

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    E1W 1


    E1W 2


    EC1–EC4


    SW1–SW6


    SW8–SW20


    W1


    W4


    W6


    W8


    W14


    WC1–WC2


    SE all codes


    SM1–SM6

Hospital Infections

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What statistics they have for the number and types of hospital infections in each of the past seven years for hospital staffs and patients respectively.[HL1313]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): National data on hospital infections are limited and it is for this reason that we are developing a new national compulsory surveillance system for healthcare associated infection. The first phase of this new surveillance system, on methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus blood stream infections, was introduced in April 2001. All acute trusts now collect this information and it is the first time that baseline data have been available. The results for the first year of this scheme (April 2001 to March 2002) for every National Health Service acute trust in England were published in the Communicable Disease Report (CDR) Weekly on 20 June 2002. These are available on the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) website www.phls.co.uk/publications/ccdr/PDFfiles/2002/cdr2502.pdf.

The second phase of compulsory surveillance will be introduced shortly and will collect information on other micro-organisms and incidents such as outbreaks of infection.

The PHLS has voluntary reporting systems for a range of pathogenic organisms but as these systems do not distinguish between cases acquired in hospital and those acquired elsewhere they cannot be used to look at trends in hospital acquired infection.

The PHLS also has a voluntary reporting system for gastro-enteritis that identifies outbreaks in hospital and a report General outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in hospitals, England and Wales, 1992–2000 was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection (2003) 53: 1–5.

Information from the Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Service (NINSS) on hospital acquired bacteraemia and surgical site infections is available in

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the following reports: Surveillance of surgical site infection in English hospitals 1997–2001 NINSS PHLS 2002; Surveillance of hospital acquired bacteraemia in English hospitals 1997–2001 NINSS PHLS 2002. http://www.phls.co.uk/publications/ninss.htm

The PHLS collects and publishes data on occupational exposure to blood borne viruses. The results of the surveillance from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2002 have been published on the PHLS website. http://www.phls.co.uk/topics az/bbv/pdf/5year analysis.pdf A total of 1,550 intial reports of occupational exposures to one or more blood borne viruses were received. One case of seroconversion to HIV and three cases of seroconversion to hepatitis C (one reported retrospectively) have been reported so far.


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