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Hospital Discharges

Baroness Barker asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: It is our intention to issue official guidance to coincide with the implementation of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc) Bill. The guidance will include a number of the principles underlying the good practice guidance contained in Discharge from Hospital: Pathway, Process and Practice.

Protection of Vulnerable Adults List

Baroness Greengross asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The protection of vulnerable adults list has yet to be introduced.

Ebixa

Lord Ashley of Stoke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath : The Government are currently considering whether the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should appraise memantine (Ebixa) as part of its eighth wave of work.

The Alzheimer's Society has put its views to the Government about the use of memantine for people with Alzheimer's disease.

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Nursing Care Homes

Lord Ashley of Stoke asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will ensure that payments of nursing care money to patients with dementia are made directly to them and their carers rather than to the nursing home; and[HL1546]

    What steps they are taking to prevent nursing home owners from failing to pass on nursing care payments to residents; and[HL1547]

    What results have emerged from the National Care Standards Commission's regulations that nursing care homes are obliged to provide a breakdown of fees.[HL1548]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Regardless of the condition someone has, the National Health Service makes payments to care homes as a contribution for the registered nursing care that they provide to eligible residents. The NHS either provides itself or pays others to provide them on its behalf. Many providers have adjusted the fee payable by the resident to take account of the additional state funding. A model contract, issued by the Department of Health in March 2002, requires that these be accounted for separately.

Following a separate consultation in June 2002 on amending the Care Homes Regulations, a revised draft was included as part of a wider consultation on NHS funded nursing care on 20 December 2002, the closing date for which was 31 January. The comments on this are being considered at the moment.

The findings of the National Care Standards Commission's monitoring of National Minimum Standard 2 since April 2002, which requires care homes to provide service users with a contract and statement of terms and conditions, will be available at the end of this financial year. The commission will, of course, be responsible for monitoring service providers' compliance with any amendments to the Care Home Regulations.

Belfast Agreement

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9 January (WA 230), who were the "political parties ... who remained at the conclusion of the talks and made clear their support for the [Belfast] agreement".[HL1318]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The political parties who remained at the conclusion of the talks leading to the Belfast agreement and made clear their support for it were Alliance, Labour, the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, the Progressive Unionist Party, Sinn Fein, the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the Ulster Democratic Party and the Ulster Unionist Party; though in some cases their support on the day was subject to subsequent consultation with party colleagues.

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Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9 January (WA 230), who are the legal parties to the Belfast agreement.[HL1319]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Belfast agreement is a political agreement between the British Government, the Irish Government and those Northern Irish political parties represented at the talks concluded on 10 April 1998. Certain provisions within it are given legal force by the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and by the British-Irish Agreement.

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Who appointed the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to act as human rights advisers to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; when this was done; and why.[HL1389]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Section 69(6) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission shall promote understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights in Northern Ireland.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) consults a range of bodies with expertise in human rights and equality issues on the preparation of key documents from time to time; this includes the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

PSNI has not appointed a human rights adviser, although a lawyer with specific expertise in the field of human rights was appointed to the staff of the police legal services, as recommended in the Patten report in October 2001.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was unrepresented at the graduation of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 23 August 2003.[HL1390]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I understand that no commissioner was available to attend the Police Service of Northern Ireland graduation ceremony.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will place in the Library of the House any letters that they have sent to Northern Ireland Members of Parliament concerning 50:50 recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.[HL1614]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Correspondence between Government Ministers and individuals is considered private and in confidence unless the recipient chooses to release it to the public.

It would therefore be inappropriate to place the letters requested by the noble Lord in the Library of the House.

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Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is developing a strategy for the United States; what is its statutory basis; and whether the commission has consulted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[HL1391]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. The Chief Commissioner has been asked to write to the noble Lord. A copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House. Click here to view the letter.

Dungannon: Schools and Pupil Numbers

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many of the pupils at Dungannon Integrated College are designated as (a) Protestant; (b) Roman Catholic; and (c) other.[HL1521]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested is as follows:

Number
Protestant166
Roman Catholic261
Other34
Total461

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many pupils and boarders there are enrolled in the Royal School, Dungannon; and what were the equivalent numbers five years ago.[HL1522]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested is as follows:

EnrolmentBoarders
1997–9864635
2002–0364843

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many pupils are enrolled at each primary school in the local authority area of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council; and what were the equivalent numbers five years ago. [HL1523]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested is as follows:

School NameEnrolment 1997–98Enrolment 2002–03
Aughamullan PS6250
Augher Central PS5142
Aughnacloy PS97108
Ballygawley PS6849
Benburb PS4132
Bush PS98169
Carntall PS6678
Castlecaulfield (No 2) PS9995
Churchill PS4645
Clintyclay PS2937
Clogher Regional PS4131
Derrylatinee PS11288
Donaghmore PS4044
Dungannon PS184173
Edendork PS288285
Eglish PS3123
Fivemiletown PS151171
Gaelscoil UI Neill2184
Granville PS4119
Howard PS313241
Innismagh PS5843
Killyman PS8485
Laghey PS6741
Lisfearty PS3753
Minterburn PS4836
Newmills PS10273
Primate Dixon PS561491
Roan PS4964
St Brigid's PS, Augher7953
St Brigid's PS, Coalisland167125
St John's PS, Moy172180
St John's PS, Coalisland148102
St Joseph's PS, Caledon5241
St Joseph's PS, Galbally154164
St Macartan's PS8784
St Mary's PS, Aughnacloy5360
St Mary's PS, Ballygawley10594
St Mary's PS, Lisnagowan, Dungannon5567
St Mary's PS, Whites Road, Dungannon177168
St Mary's PS, Fivemiletown6641
St Patrick's PS, Killyman Road, Dungannon604542
St Patrick's PS, Augher6760
St Patrick's PS, Coalisland244218
St Patrick's PS, Pomeroy Road, Dungannon230177
St Malachy's PS, Glencull7052
Tamnamore PS5746
Walker Memorial PS9570
Windmill Integrated PS153196

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