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Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: We intend to bring Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 into force on 1 April 2004, and to issue guidance to local education authorities, schools, and further education institutions about child protection arrangements to coincide with that. We plan to issue a draft of that guidance for consultation in November 2003.

Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The order to commence Section 176 of the Education Act 2002 in

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September 2003 was made on 30 June 2003 (SI 2003/1667 (C.69)). Two advisory groups, working in parallel—a group of adults and one of young people—are helping the department to develop the draft guidance. We plan to launch the public consultation process before the summer recess.

Schools: Consultation

Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the one-month consultation period on the draft guidance and regulations on greater collaboration between, and federation of, maintained schools meets government guidelines on consultation.[HL3659]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The Cabinet Office code of practice on written consultation sets a standard period of 12 weeks for UK national public consultations. We take the view that the consultation on the draft guidance and regulations on greater collaboration between, and federation of, maintained schools, is not a national consultation, but a more limited exercise consulting only local education authorities, dioceses, national bodies and those schools which have told us of their interest in federation. The content is largely technical, puts into place provisions discussed by Parliament during the passage of the Education Act 2002, and follows principles already consulted on widely in other recent governance consultations. The consultation period will give respondents the opportunity to make their views known before the summer holidays—our experience is that extending education consultations into the summer holidays is not particularly helpful—and enable the regulations and guidance to be put in place from September this year.

Medical Schools: Teaching Grant

Lord Baker of Dorking asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the teaching grant paid to St George's Hospital Medical School and to Queen Mary's Medical School in each of the last five years.[HL3722]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The total recurrent teaching grants paid by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to St George's Hospital Medical School and to Queen Mary, University of London are shown in the table below:

£ million

1999– 20002000– 012001– 022002– 032003– 04
St George's Hospital Medical School7.88.49.410.511.7
Queen Mary, University of London(2)31.833.035.036.938.8

Source:

HEFCE recurrent grants publications for the years in question.

(2) Prior to 2001–02, Queen Mary and Westfield College.

The funding for Queen Mary, University of London covers all of the funding for that institution, which includes Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. It is for the institution to decide how much of its funding is allocated for medical education and there are no figures held centrally showing the amount spent on the medical school.


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Hyde Park

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 7 May (Official Report col. 1086) that the "Star Trek" promoters were contributing "an extra £10,000 or so" to improve the ground on which the exhibition was held in Hyde Park, what this improvement comprised over and above the reinstatement of grass. [HL3591]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): The work goes beyond simply reinstating the grass. The ground has become compacted as a result of events and rallies that have been held there over a number of years and this has broken down the soil, affecting drainage and the ability of the grass to recover. The repairs involve removing the old soil, introducing new drainage and irrigation points, building up the surface with new soil to the required level as well as repairing damage to the footpaths.

The amount spent by the promoters on reinstatement was quoted in the Official Report as £10,000 in error. The figure should have been around £100,000 and the Official Report has been corrected for the Bound Volume.

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What area of grass in Hyde Park had been allocated to "Star Trek" since early December 2002; and when this area will be restored to public use. [HL3592]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The area allocated to the Star Trek exhibition was approximately 2 hectares. The area was returned to public use on Friday 27 June although it will be necessary to carry out further reinstatement in September.

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which events planned for Hyde Park in 2003 will restrict public access; what are the dates of such restrictions; and what are the approximate areas involved.[HL3593]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The major events being held in Hyde Park this year are:


    Bon Jovi concert—28 June (approximately 14.5 hectares)

"Party in the Park"—6 June (approximately 14.5 hectares)

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Shania Twain—12 July (approximately 12 hectares)

"Pride in the Park"—26 July (approximately 12 hectares)

Erection of the site for the Bon Jovi concert took seven days. Restrictions were kept to a minimum—for instance, access was maintained for those wanting to play games within the enclosure until the last day or so when movements of site traffic made it unsafe.

The enclosure for Party in the Park, although reduced in size, will remain in place for both the Shania Twain concert and Pride in the Park. This will reduce the amount of disruption caused by building and dismantling infrastructure. However, between each event a footpath will be opened through the site to save pedestrians having to make a detour around the site.

The site will be dismantled after 26 July, taking about seven days, and a separate site built for Proms in the Park.


    BBC Proms in the Park—12 September (approximately 10 hectares)

CBBC Proms in the Park—14 September (approximately 10 hectares)

There are a number of other minor events taking place in the course of the year which may restrict access to small areas of the park for short periods at a time.

Food Supplements

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to have a dialogue with the European Union Scientific Committee for Food or the European Food Safety Authority about the information requirements for dossiers submitted for the purpose of permitting the continued use beyond July 2005 of nutrients missing from the annexes of the Food Supplement Directive.[HL3444]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The Government are firmly committed to the view that, in the interests of consumer choice, the law should allow food supplements that are safe and properly labelled to be freely marketed.

The Government, represented by the Food Standards Agency, are pressing the European Food Safety Authority for an urgent, substantive meeting with relevant parties to discuss dossier requirements and expect a positive response soon. The European Commission supports this move. The objectives of such a meeting would be to explain problems faced by the United Kingdom food supplements industry resulting from the omission of nutrients and nutrient

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sources from the annexes to the Food Supplements Directive; and to explore the potential for simplified dossiers to be presented for vitamin and mineral sources with a long history of safe use and the potential for read-across between dossiers for substances which are likely to have similar toxicological profiles.

Integrated Community Equipment Services

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made in developing integrated community equipment services.[HL3707]

Lord Warner: Of the 150 areas in England where there are expected to be integrated community equipment services, 111 (74 per cent) are indicating currently that they will achieve local integration by the target date of April 2004. The Integrating Community Equipment Services Team are supporting the remainder to achieve integration as soon as possible. Removal of the power of councils to charge for community equipment, which came into effect 9 June 2003, will further help integration by aligning councils' equipment charging regimes with the National Health Service.


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