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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for the Environment and Transport (Baroness Hayman): In January 1995 the Department of the Environment issued a consultation on extending Part M of the building regulations, covering access and facilities for disabled people, to dwellings. The proposals include a number of the provisions suggested for lifetime homes. The analysis of the responses to the consultation is complete, and active consideration is now being given to issues identified in the responses. These issues include technical points raised and also the cost of some of the measures proposed.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): In 1991, the European Commission's Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) evaluated monosodium glutamate (MSG) and, on the basis of the available data, considered that MSG is safe to use at current levels in food.
Baroness Jay: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development international database shows that, in 1994, total health-care expenditure in the United Kingdom amounted to the equivalent of £790 per person, compared to £1,220 per person in Germany. Both public and private health-care expenditures are included in the figures, which are adjusted to take account of differences in purchasing power between the two countries.
Baroness Jay: We are aware of the difficulties which the homeless experience in registration with general practitioners, which are referred to in the Shelter Report Go Home and Rest. We believe that a number of mechanisms to help the homeless to receive primary care exist in Section 56 of the National Health Service Act 1977 (or Section 33 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978), and are considering how the provisions of the Primary Care Act 1997 might be able to offer a variety of other solutions for health authorities.
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