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In England, there are currently no agencies comparable to the development agencies for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Government spending on economic development in England is disbursed through a number of organisations and departments. Total expenditure figures are not held centrally.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Progress continues to be made. The National Health Service Executive is in discussion with a number of health authorities on the scope for bringing forward target dates for eliminating mixed sex hospital accommodation. I will write to the noble Lord with more detailed information, which will be made publicly available shortly.
Baroness Jay of Paddington: Government officials attended the symposium on 8 September and received an edited transcript of the proceedings. The Government have noted these recommendations. However the Government have every confidence in the advice of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment and the Food Advisory Committee that retail sale of Vitamin B6 be limited to 10mg.
Baroness Jay of Paddington: The terms of reference of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment are set out in the 1995 Annual Report, which has been placed in the Library. The COT considered the safety of Vitamin B6 under the term of reference "to assess and advise on the toxic risk to man of substances which are...produced in industry".
Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) recommended that the maximum daily intake of Vitamin B6 as a dietary supplement should be restricted to 10 milligrams. It did not recommend doses of 50mg a day. The COT based its conclusions on evidence which showed the lowest dose to have adverse effects in humans is 50mg per day.
The COT has not had occasion to identify the lowest doses of zinc, potassium or Vitamin D at which clinical symptoms of toxicity would occur in humans. Therefore it is not possible to make calculations equivalent to those used in its consideration of Vitamin B6.
Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Government have no information as to which pharmaceutical companies would benefit, or be adversely affected by, restrictions on the retail sale of Vitamin B6 supplements. Such information was not relevant when the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment considered Vitamin B6 dietary supplements.
Whether, in considering the advice of the Committee on Toxicity (COT) on Vitamin B6 supplementation, they noted the assessment by Dr. Ian Munro (presented at the symposium on the safety of Vitamin B6 at the Royal College of Physicians on 8 September) that the study conducted by Dr. K. Dalton "lacked any detailed neurological assessment of the individuals who were consuming Vitamin B6" and "was not done under clinically blinded conditions"; and
Whether, in considering the advice of the Committee on Toxicity (COT) on Vitamin B6 supplementation, they noted the assessment by Dr. Allan Bernstein, Chief of Neurology at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre (presented at the symposium on the safety of Vitamin B6 at the Royal College of Physicians on 8 September) that the paper by Dr. K. Dalton referred to symptoms which were "not typical of neuropathy, but were typical manifestations of hyperventilation and anxiety."
Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Government are aware of the assessments made by Professor McLean, Dr. Munro and Dr. Bernstein. The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) made its recommendation to the Government after considering over 100 scientific papers from national and international journals; the study by Dalton and Dalton was just one of this number.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): A draft measure on conditions for the reception of asylum seekers was proposed under the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in 1996. This was not progressed by the Dutch and Luxembourg Presidencies this year. We have no plans at present to seek agreement on such a measure under our Presidency next year.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Five hundred and forty-five responses were received, most of them warmly supportive of the Government's proposals. A summary of the main points raised can be found in the Library.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: One hundred and eighty-five responses were received. A list of the respondents and a summary of the main points raised can be found in the Library in a document entitled "Responses to the Home Office Consultation Document on Community Safety Orders".
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