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Lord Henley: Our defence links with Israel are kept under constant review, taking account of the wider bilateral relationship, and developments in the Middle East Peace Process. Military contacts which might give support to Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Golan Heights, and Southern Lebanon are avoided.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): We are currently awaiting further proposals from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and expect to receive them shortly.
Baroness Cumberlege: The contents of the revised and expanded Patient's Charter reflect the results of market research, which indicated that the public wanted the charter to deal inter alia with reduced waiting times, information about dental services and standards on mixed sex wards.
The Health Service Guidelines on implementing the charter standards, copies of which are available in the Library, explain the standards required. Rigorous monitoring of performance is undertaken locally through the contracting mechanism and, for key standards, centrally. Performance has improved consistently since publication of the charter, and the Government anticipate that the National Health Service Performance Tables, to be published on 4 July, will demonstrate further progress.
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