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Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The details of the security arrangements proposed for the bid to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 are shown in Volume 3, Theme 12 of the Candidate File, deposited in the Library of the House on 19 November 2004. UK police and security agencies played an integral part in assisting Athens with security for the 2004 Games. They will play a major role in the security preparations should London host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Information Technology Projects: Oversight

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My Written Answers were consistent with the National Audit Office report.

The Office of Government Commerce welcomes the recommendations made by the NAO and the NAO's confirmation that "the Gateway process is improving the procurement of IT, and that this should increase the likelihood of successful delivery". The NAO noted the risk of projects entering the Gateway process too late or leaving too early which OGC has acknowledged and taken measures to address.

The NAO concluded that structures are in place to minimise the risk of future IT failure and that department and supplier behaviour is changing positively as a result of the OGC's work.

NHS Continuing Care

Baroness Greengross asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): Under the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act 2003, the process when arranging hospital discharges is to consider a patient for fully funded National Health Service continuing care and arrange an appropriate continuing care assessment before notifying social services.
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Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: We understand that the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) will use the evidence from its current knowledge review on the participation of carers in changing and improving social care, to produce a practice guide for local authorities. The practice guide will include advice on how to implement the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 and will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders. It is likely to be published in summer 2005.

In developing practice guides, SCIE consults extensively with a range of stakeholder groups. SCIE places particular emphasis on the participation of service users, carers and will also include a range of organisations with an interest in this area.

Multiple Sclerosis: Aimspro

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The treatment Aimspro is not licensed for use in the United Kingdom and, therefore, will not be widely used in the National Health Service. The Department of Health is aware that Aimspro is being used in limited trials in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, including a study at St George's Hospital, London.
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Modernising Rural Delivery Programme

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Direct support to the Chairs Group set up to help provide leadership to the Modernising Rural Delivery change programme is provided by English Nature. This amounts to a small part of one person's job. Officials may attend meetings to participate in the discussion but it is not a diversion from their main work. There has been no change in this approach now that we have moved from policy development to the implementation of the Modernising Rural Delivery programme as set out in the Rural Strategy 2004.


Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: The provision of detailed local information can assist in targeting the agri-environment schemes towards locally significant wildlife, thereby delivering greater benefits to biodiversity in that area. Defra has made a substantial investment over the years in the National Biodiversity Network, which is improving the access to biological records from many sources, including those held by local records centres. I understand that such data are increasingly being used in the targeting process for agri-environment schemes.

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