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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): If the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill is passed into law, it is intended that the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU), which is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), will recover National Health Service (NHS) charges on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health in accordance with the relevant sections of the Act.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Chart 5.1 was produced using HM Treasury's tax-benefit simulation model, based on Family Expenditure Survey data for 1998 to 2001, uprated to 200304 levels of prices and earnings. The baseline position for this chart reflects the system of taxes and benefits that was in place in 199798.
The income deciles are determined according to the distribution of household's equivalised net income before housing costs. The process of equivalisation takes account of variations in size and composition of households, using the McClements' before housing costs scale.
Households are then ranked and split into deciles according to levels of equivalised net income before housing costs. It is then possible to estimate the number of children living in households with equivalised incomes below 60 per cent of contemporary median income. It would also be possible to estimate the number of children in households with equivalised incomes below any other point in the distribution, including those below 40 per cent of average earnings.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Chancellor announced on 27th February that Chris Allsopp will undertake a review of regional information and the statistical framework needed to support the Government's key objective of promoting economic growth in all regions and reducing the persistent gap in growth rates between regions. The review will cover a full range of regional statistics, and price information is clearly an important part of this. Mr Allsopp will produce a first report by the time of this Autumn's Pre-Budget Report.
The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is produced for all EU countries as a requirement under EU legislation. It is constructed to be internationally comparable, which requires a standardised methodology. Thus the HICP is defined and governed by the European Commission. This means that although it is produced in consultation with statistical agencies from member states, it is outside the direct control of national authorities.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): We have made no such estimates. The regulatory limits on effective dose for workers and the public set out in Directive 96/29/Euratom are based on the internationally accepted recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). The basis of the ICRP recommendations, which it is not envisaged will change, is to assume the linear no-threshold model.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Directors' remuneration is a matter for companies and their shareholders. The Government have recently legislated to improve transparency, accountability and performance linkage for directors' pay in quoted companies. We will also consult on issues relating to directors' contracts shortly.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): The British Veterinary Association is represented on the TB Forum, which brings together experts and stakeholders to consider measures to control bovine tuberculosis, and to express their views about the disease.
The TB Forum has already considered a range of policy options. Further discussion with key stakeholders, including the British Veterinary Association, will take place ahead of public consultation later this year.
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