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Bank Notes

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Bank reintroduced the £50 note in 1981, following its withdrawal during the Second World War. Adjusting for inflation, the purchasing power of £50 in 1981 would be equivalent to the purchasing power of around £125 today.

At present there are no plans to introduce a £100 note.

Statistics Commission: Recommendations

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government welcome the publication of the Statistics Commission report, that was commissioned in the June 2000 Framework for National Statistics, which acknowledges the progress made since the launch of the framework.

The Government look forward to the wide-ranging public debate that the commission's proposals are likely to engender and are discussing the recommendations of the report with the Statistics Commission and National Statistician.

Sports Programmes: Department of Health

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The Department of Health has a service level agreement with Sport England, England's national sports development agency, to fund and support the local exercise action pilot programme.

The department is also in the process of concluding a funding agreement with the Federation of Disability Sports Organisations under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968.
 
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At a local level, the National Health Service works in partnership with Sport England and the New Opportunities Fund as part of the Active England programme to test out innovative ways of increasing activity levels. Sport action zones also provide an opportunity for local health organisations to work in partnership with sports bodies to bring the benefits of sport and physical activity to deprived communities.

National governing bodies for sport are in the process of developing a "whole sport" plan for sport, which sets out how the sport will seek to encourage people to start, stay and succeed in that particular discipline. A number of the sports, such as swimming and rowing, are seeking to increase participation levels by working with the health sector.

The department does not record details of contractual arrangements between local NHS organisations and sports bodies.

Dental Treatment: Pensioners

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The number of courses of National Health Service dental treatment provided to men aged 65 years or over and women aged 60 years or over, who did not have to pay a patient charge, is given in the table. The patient charge that would have been payable is also shown.
Number of courses
of treatment
Patient charge
(£ million)
2002–03914,40040.3
2003–04949,20041.9

The patient charge accounts for 80 per cent of the total cost of the treatment up to a maximum charge to the patient of £372.

Jarvis Plc

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: The table shows the private finance initiative schemes on which Jarvis is the contractor and/or a shareholder in the contracting consortium's project company with the information on each as requested:

SchemeInvolvement of JarvisPeriod of Contract (from date of opening) YearsTotal Value (sum of annual payments by trust over contract period £ million)
Ambulatory Care Centre for Birmingham Hospitals NHS TrustConstruction contractor, FM services and 50 per cent shareholder in consortium project company30 98 (at 2002 prices)
Redevelopment of Whittington Hospital site for Whittington NHS TrustConstruction contractor, FM services and 50 per cent shareholder in consortium project company3095 (at 2001 prices)
Community Hospital for Newbury PCTConstruction contractor and FM services only 3080 (at 2002 prices)

Information is not held centrally on subcontractors which are not subsidiaries of the prime contractor or shareholders in the project company.

Hearing Aids

Baroness Howe of Idlicote asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: There are a number of nationally contracted hearing aid products available to the National Health Service dependent on the specific requirements of patients such as level of hearing loss. The range includes two models of moderate power hearing aids with an average price of just under £70 each including value added tax, five models of higher power hearing aids with an average price at around £150 each including VAT, and a specialised very small child's aid at around £120 including VAT.

Food Supplements

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Warner: It is the United Kingdom's practice not to disclose pleadings before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Therefore the Government do not intend to publish in the Official Report their observations in respect of this case.

In responding to the ECJ, the UK Government's aims are to maintain that Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements is valid as a matter of EC law.

Badger and Deer Carcasses

Lord Rotherwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Since 1 March 2004, when the Wildlife Unit took over collection of badger carcasses from the roadside as part of the road traffic accident survey in Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Dorset, 403 carcasses have been collected, of which 331 have been tested.

The Wildlife Unit does not collect deer carcasses.


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