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Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Government have not commissioned any research into the costs and implications for product characteristics of reformulation of food supplements in those cases where nutrient sources currently used are not on the list of permitted sources. Information gathered by the Food Standards Agency in preparing the regulatory impact assessment for the draft Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 provides estimates of the costs of reformulation up to £3,000 per product.

NHS Quarterly Review

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The National Health Service (NHS) quarterly review has been superseded by the Chief Executive's report to the NHS so there is no intention to publish for the period to September 2002. This new report is a more detailed publication

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bringing together information and data, some of which were previously included within the NHS quarterly review, to summarise the performance of the NHS. The most recent of these reports, published on 20 December 2002, is available on the Department of Health's website

North Staffordshire NHS Trust: Report of Review of Research Framework

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Griffiths report of 2000 reviewing the research framework in the North Staffordshire National Health Service Trust was published in full; and, if not, why not.[HL2099]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Report of a Review of the Research Framework of the North Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was published in full in May 2000. A copy of the report is available in the Library and on the Internet at

Halon Fire Extinguishers

The Duke of Montrose asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Answer by Lord Whitty on 4 March (HL Deb, cols 702–03), whether they have an assessment of how many halon fire extinguishers are in the hands of private individuals or one-man businesses who are not subject to an annual fire system assessment for insurance purposes.[HL2056]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): A fire-protection industry representative estimated that by the mid-1990s around 7.5 million to 8 million hand-held, halon 1211 fire-extinguishers were in circulation in the UK. No more should have been manufactured since then. Allowing for their use or disposal since that time, there was a possibility that around 2.5 million were still located at domestic and commercial premises in the UK.

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