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Lord Rooker: I am satisfied with the level of dental provision in Northern Ireland both in terms of availability and accessibility. The Health Service provides a full range of dental services through general dental practitioners, the community dental service and the hospital dental service.
A new Primary Dental Care Strategy has been developed which sets the oral health agenda for the next 10 years. It identifies the oral health needs of the Northern Ireland population, determines desired outcomes and identifies areas where oral health can link into the wider health agenda.
The strategy has been developed around the local commissioning of services, where commissioners would be responsible for the delivery of primary care dental services to their population in keeping with local needs. One of the main recommendations is that access to appropriate dental care should be available to everyone.
Lord Rooker: The number of dentists who have resigned from providing health service dentistry is not exclusively available. However, the count of dentists who had been providing health service dentistry within Northern Ireland but who have ceased doing so in (a) 2005 and (b) the first three months of 2006 is provided below. The reasons for ceasing to provide health service dentistry will include retirement, death, moving out of Northern Ireland or moving to private practice.
How many non-European Union doctors are currently training in (a) the United Kingdom as a whole; and (b) Northern Ireland; and what steps are being taken to ensure that they are able to complete their training, in view of new Department of Health immigration rules for non-European Union doctors. [HL5615]
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The following table shows the number of doctors working in the National Health Service in England, who qualified in a non-European Union country. Information relating to Scotland and Wales is the responsibility of the devolved administrations.
|England as at|
30 September 2005
|All Countries of|
|All Doctors in Training||45,965||17,078|
|All HCHS Medical Staff2,3||83,073||27,371|
|Senior House Officer||21,109||9,157|
|House Officer & Foundation Programme Year 1||4,635||562|
Doctors from outside the European Economic Area who have graduated in the United Kingdom will have up to three years to complete their foundation training. Once the foundation course has been completed, doctors will need to meet the normal requirements of the immigration rules.
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Lord Rooker: The Government are seeking to explore the potential to develop the entire site and commissioned a masterplan on this basis. Any expenditure incurred to date at the Maze/Long Kesh relates to the regeneration of the whole site rather than to any specific project.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 10 May (WA 139) concerning the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival in 2007, what Ulster-Scots activities have been offered for inclusion in the festival by the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure. [HL5754]
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Learning and Skills Council has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman. [HL5697]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Mark Haysom, the LSC chief executive, will write to the noble Lord with this information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
What is the reason for the delay in answering the Question for Written Answer by the Lord Lester of Herne Hill tabled on 28 March (HL4991) about confidentiality clauses in loan agreements to political parties. [HL5728]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The noble Lord's Question tabled on 28 March [HL4991] was answered on 17 May 2006. The reason for the delay in answering was because the issue of confidentiality clauses in loan agreements to political parties was one which was still under consideration by the Government, in the context of new provisions relating to the regulation of such loans which were subsequently tabled to the Electoral Administration Bill on 26 April.
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