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Smoking near Children

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The most effective way to address the issue of smoking in close proximity to children is through public health education. Government media advertising will continue to draw attention to the dangers of second-hand smoke, particularly around children. In addition, cigarette packs now carry a range of new warnings, including "Protect children: don't make them breathe your smoke". Health visitors and other health professionals will address the dangers of smoking around children in their work with families. The Government will continue to keep this issue under review.

Income Contingent Student Loan Scheme

Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The total amount of income-contingent loans outstanding at the end of financial year 2001–02 in the United Kingdom was £5,909.9 million. This includes loans not yet due for

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repayment. The fixed rate loans of £500 to part-time students are included, as well as hardship loans.

Information on student loans in financial year 2002–03 will be published during November 2003 in the Statistical First Release: Student Support: Statistics of Student Loans for Higher Education in the United Kingdom—Financial Year 2002–03 and Academic Year 2002–03.

Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What estimates they have made of the increase in the total debt outstanding under the income-contingent student loan scheme in the first three years after the proposed introduction of increased tuition fees; and how such estimates are calculated.[HL5074]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The increase in the amount of student loan in the first three years after the introduction of variable fees will depend on the following factors: the numbers of students entering higher education institutions (HEIs) in those three years; the level of fees charged by each HEI; and the proportion of students who choose to take out loans to cover the cost of their fees, and the value of such loans.

SchlumbergerSema

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Cabinet Office.[HL4942]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: SchlumbergerSema provides the Cabinet Office with system integration services for the Government Gateway.

Speed Cameras

Viscount Simon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are the number of (a) fixed and (b) mobile cameras funded by each of the safety camera partnerships in each year of operation.[HL5121]

Lord Davies of Oldham: This information is not held centrally. However those areas that net off must identify within their operational cases the sites at which they intend to enforce using cameras and this information is available in the Library of the House.

Viscount Simon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many (a) fixed and (b) mobile cameras were already in use immediately prior to the implementation of additional funding through the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 listed by police force areas.[HL5122]

Lord Davies of Oldham: This information is not held centrally.



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