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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Health Protection Agency is responsible for both health protection and medical inspection services at Heathrow Airport. It is currently reviewing how these are provided, and no decisions have been taken yet.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The department commissioned an independent review on the effects of alcohol pricing and promotion from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. The phase one systematic review of the evidence and phase two Independent Review of the Effects of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion were published in full in December 2008.
Full details of the review and a copy of the publication are available on the Department's website at www.dh. gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Healthimprovement/Alcoholmisuse/DH_4001740.
Lord Darzi of Denham: Information on prevalence of alcohol-related liver problems among people aged 13 to 18 is not available. However, information on the number of hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease for people aged 13 to 18 is available.
The table below provides the number of admissions to hospital of patients aged 13 to 18 with a primary or secondary diagnosis for alcoholic liver disease and uses the ICD-10 codes K70, K73 and K74, which are the codes for liver disease that is wholly or partially attributable to alcohol. Estimates are not available for years prior to 2002-03 and 2007-08 is the latest year
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|Year||Number of hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease, 13 to 18 year-olds|
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women are qualified to pilot combat jets in the Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force; how many are qualified to pilot other fixed-wing aircraft; how many are qualified to pilot rotary-wing aircraft; and how many are qualified to fly as aircrew in each of those categories. [HL3558]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The following tables give the number of women who are currently qualified as either pilot or non-pilot aircrew in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
|Qualified Pilots (Female)|
|Service||Fast Jet||Fixed Wing Aircraft||Rotary Wing|
|Non-pilot Aircrew (Female)|
|Service||Fast Jet||Fixed Wing Aircraft||Rotary Wing|
To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the costs of setting and printing all reports of the Audit Commission in the latest year for which figures are available; how many people are on the commission's distribution list; and how often the list is reviewed. [HL3584]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): In 2008-09, publications by the Audit Commission for distribution outside the commission cost £212,570 to design and print (these costs include proofreading, language and Braille translation). The commission has 60,000 entries on its database for the distribution of reports and distribution lists are adjusted and reviewed for each publication. The average distribution for a national report is 2,281.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether prison programmes or procedures are in place to assess prisoners with communication difficulties; whether there are prison programmes or procedures to identify those who may be on the autism spectrum; and what are the contents of such programmes. [HL3713]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): There are no specific departmental national programmes to assess and identify people in prison with communication difficulties. This is a Prison Service responsibility in line with their Disability Discrimination Act policy.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMs) Prison Service Order (PSO) 3050 looks at managing continuity of healthcare for prisoners and emphasises the importance of continuity in the success of clinical interventions and treatment. PSO 2855 Prisoners with Disabilities gives guidance on the management of prisoners with disabilities of which autism is referenced.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which prisons have full-time specialists employed to provide services for prisoners on the autism spectrum; and what services are provided by such specialists. [HL3715]
Lord Darzi of Denham: The department does not hold information on the services provided for prisoners on the autism spectrum. This is a Prison Service responsibility in line with their Disability Discrimination Act policy.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they accept the decision by the Office for National Statistics announced on 19 February 2009 to classify the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group as public corporations; and, if so, why Lord Myners said on 20 April that the UK banks in which the public, through the Government and UKFI, have significant shareholdings remain in the private sector (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1259). [HL2963]
The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Decisions on the statistical classification of organisations are a matter for the independent
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The Government own 70 per cent of the voting shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and 43.5 per cent (which may increase to 65 per cent) in Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds), as a consequence of the recapitalisation scheme and the conversion of the preference shares. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has made clear that both institutions will remain in the private sector. Pension funds and private investors may continue to invest in RBS and Lloyds. The companies will be run to the benefit of all shareholders and will have independent boards.
The Government will not be a permanent investor in UK financial institutions. It will over time seek to dispose of the investments in an orderly way, through sale, redemption, buy-back or other means, in accordance with UKFI's objectives, which are to protect and create value for the taxpayer as shareholder with due regard to the maintenance of financial stability.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether loans made by banks under the small firms loans guarantee scheme and the recently announced loan scheme must have matching funds provided by the firms. [HL2161]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera): Neither the small firms loan guarantee nor the enterprise finance guarantee, which replaced SFLG in January, requires borrowers to provide match funding. These are straightforward loan arrangements between a borrower and a lender. Lenders may require business to offer security in respect of a loan offered.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the decision by the Legal Complaints Service, the independent complaints handling body of the Law Society of England and Wales, promulgated on 20 April, to again suspend investigation into the complaints of retired miners and widows concerning the handling of their cases under the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation and British Coal Vibration White Finger Litigation by Raleys Solicitors; and, if so, whether they have any plans to meet the Board of the Legal Complaints Service to discuss such matters. [HL3346]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): We understand from the Legal Complaints Service that a decision was taken that from 1 April 2009 all complaints against Raleys Solicitors, either already in the office or received after that date, would be suspended to await confirmation of the intention of Raleys with regard to any appeal against previous Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal adjudications.
Ministers will be meeting the Legal Complaints Service and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in June to review their progress on this important issue. Both the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Energy and Climate Change continue to support the Legal Complaints Service in their programme to highlight the issue with coal health compensation claimants.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): From April 2006 to March 2009 a total of 393 organisations were funded through the Connecting Communities Grants programme. Three different types of grants were paid.
Project grants: paid to voluntary organisations to deliver outcomes set out in the Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society strategy. In all, 68 projects were funded over three years. A total of £10,519,235 was paid to the project partners from 2006-09.
Community grants were flexible grants to voluntary and community organisations. They were one-off grants of up to £12,000. Three rounds of funding were held; one in each year of the programme. The number of organisations funded and the total amount paid in each year were as follows:year one£1,313,426.49 paid to 138 organisations;year two£987,691.04 paid to 108 organisations; andyear three£663,441.26 paid to 68 organisations.
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