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we have secured binding agreements to expand availability of credit with Lloyds Banking Group (£11 billion in net business lending) and Royal Bank of Scotland (£16 billion in net business lending) both over the 12 months from March 2009. In total, UK banks have made public lending commitments to increase lending by an additional £50 billion;we have brought together the banks and small business representative bodies at the Small Business Finance Forum chaired by Peter Mandelson. The forum, which meets regularly, monitors the overall availability, sector impact and price of lending. We have found this to be a very useful real-time feedback mechanism;we also launched the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) in January this year. Designed to lend to viable businesses at the margins of commercial lending, EFG continues to facilitate lending that would otherwise not be available. Latest figures show that over £706 million of eligible applications from 6,217 firms have been granted, or are being processed or assessed.

Cabinet Office

Question

Asked by Lord Wallace of Saltaire

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The Prime Minister is supported in making decisions about the allocation of ministerial responsibilities by the Cabinet Secretary. The Cabinet Secretariat provide advice to the Cabinet Secretary on this issue. There is no set number of staff devoted to this issue and those involved have other duties in the Cabinet Secretariat.

Asked by Lord Wallace of Saltaire

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Cabinet Office has not recently prepared or commissioned reports into machinery of government changes. A report was published in 2002 on the creation of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. A copy of this has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Channel Islands: Food Supplements

Question

Asked by Earl Howe

Baroness Thornton: Jersey has advised that its Health Protection Department continues to work on drafting instructions for law to implement the European Food Supplements Directive and Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, although drafting time for this law has yet to be allocated in their legislative programme. A timetable for implementation of the legislation in Jersey has not been supplied.

Guernsey has advised that the board of its Health and Social Services Department has directed officials in that department to investigate the effect of implementing the European Food Supplements Directive and Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. This work has begun and is ongoing.

The private nature of the mail order transactions involved in the personal importation of health food products from the Channel Islands means that it is not possible to collate the information necessary to assess the impact on United Kingdom businesses or consumers of products containing ingredients, or making health claims, which would be illegal in the UK. Health food products imported commercially from the Channel Islands into the UK must comply with relevant UK food law and non-compliance may result in enforcement action.

No meetings have recently taken place between officials of the department and representatives of the health food industry to discuss the impact of the trade in health food products from the Channel Islands on United Kingdom businesses and consumers and there are no plans for such a meeting.

In September 2008, an official of the Government of Jersey sought the view of the Food Standards Agency as to the status of businesses trading in foodstuffs which never physically fall into their possession. In its response, the Food Standards Agency advised that as the definition of "food business" in Regulation (EC) 178/2002 (General Food Law) refers to "activities related to any stage of production, processing and distribution of food", this would not preclude businesses of the type mentioned from falling under the definition and, hence, being subject to relevant food law.



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EU: Complementary Medicine

Question

Asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch

Baroness Thornton: Directive 2001/83/EC, as amended by Directive 2004/24/EC, requires each European Union member state to establish a simplified registration scheme for traditional herbal medicinal products. The provisions of Directive 2004/24/EC were transposed into United Kingdom law principally through the Medicines (Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products for Human Use) Regulations 2005.

Article 13 of Directive 2001/83/EC, as amended, also requires EU member states to set up a special simplified registration procedure for homeopathic products. Products registered under this long-standing scheme are not permitted to have specific therapeutic indications on their labels. Homeopathic medicinal products in the UK may also be authorised under Article 16, which permits a member state to introduce specific rules for pre-clinical and clinical trials of homeopathic medicinal products in accordance with the principles and characteristics of homeopathy as practised in that member state. Such products may be labelled with a range of strictly limited therapeutic indications. This scheme was introduced to the UK through the Medicines for Human Use (National Rules for Homoeopathic Products) Regulations 2006.

The European Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC sets down requirements for food supplements marketed in the EU. The directive is implemented in England by the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, as amended.

A draft European Commission regulation, intended to effect amendments to the Food Supplements Directive to add vitamin and mineral substances to the list of those permitted for use in food supplements, received a favourable vote at the meeting of the general food law section of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 15 July 2009. The draft regulation will now be considered by the European Parliament and European Council.

Work on setting maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements is ongoing at European level and the timing for finalising any proposals is uncertain.

Flu

Question

Asked by Lord Moonie



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Baroness Thornton: The spend to date on drugs is over £500 million and additional committed spend on further drugs will take the amount to over £1 billion. We are not able to break down this number due to confidentiality clauses in our contracts with the various manufacturers.

The costs of consumables and the National Pandemic Flu Service are also subject to confidentiality clauses.

On publicity, the department has spent about £8 million to date and committed to purchase £2.4 million on public health publicity in respect of the illness.

Government Initiatives: Advertising

Question

Asked by Baroness Thomas of Winchester

Baroness Thornton: The following table shows the department's advertising expenditure over the last five completed financial years. A further breakdown of these figures is available in the Library.

All departmental advertising listed as follows was carried out via the Central Office of Information (COI), with the exception of those initiatives highlighted with an asterisk. To identify other ad hoc expenditure not carried out via the COI would incur disproportionate cost.

Department of Health Advertising spend in £ millions1 2004-05 to 2008-09



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Campaign2004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092

Alcohol (from 2006-07 Department of Health contribution to campaign run jointly with Home Office)

0.00

0.00

0.56

0.61

4.77

Antibiotics

0.00

0.38

0.00

0.39

1.15

Change4Life

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

7.69

Drugs (Department of Health contribution to campaign run jointly with Home Office)

0.91

0.18

1.34

0.67

1.45

Flu (Immunisation)

1.45

1.83

1.11

0.98

1.42

Hepatitis C

0.00

0.00

0.52

1.34

1.30

HPV Vaccination

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

2.80

Immunisation

0.00

0.00

1.66

0.00

0.32

National Health Service including nurse recruitment

5.96

0.22

0.00

0.00

0.00

NHS Injury Benefits Scheme

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.40

0.00

NHS Choices*

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.03

0.55

Patient Choice*

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.53

Respiratory and Hand Hygiene

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.32

1.53

Sexual health/teenage pregnancy

1.40

0.00

2.88

3.11

2.83

Social care/worker recruitment

1.80

2.42

2.31

2.22

2.03

Smoking - Tobacco Control

20.05

20.80

13.17

10.79

23.38

Stroke

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

4.52

Tobacco Legislation

0.00

0.00

0.32

5.38

0.00

Winter (Get the right treatment/ask about medicines day)

0.54

0.59

0.00

0.00

0.00

5 a Day

0.06

0.05

0.05

0.00

0.00

E111/EHIC

0.24

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.16

Department of Health outdoor campaign

0.32

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

TOTALS (£ millions)

32.73

27.47

23.92

26.24

56.43

1 Advertising spend is defined as covering only media spend (inclusive of agency commissions but excluding production costs, COI commission and VAT). All figures are rounded to the nearest £10,000. These figures do not include departmental recruitment/classified advertising costs and ad hoc spend under £10,000. These figures may include occasional minor spend through COI by NHS organisations, to supplement national campaigns in their area. While this expenditure has been excluded as far as possible so that this chart reflects central departmental spend, it would incur disproportionate cost to validate that every item of NHS expenditure has been removed.

2 Provisional figures.

Asked by Baroness Thomas of Winchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Given the wide range of advertising activity carried out by the department, it is not possible to provide a full list of initiatives covered. Activity ranges from national advertising campaigns-for example, pension credit, winter fuel payments, employability and benefit fraud-to local activity, such as advertising in local directories and promoting jobs fairs.


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