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Baroness Amos: We provided funding to the British Red Cross (£100,000) and Medicins Sans Frontieres (£250,000) during the epidemic in 1999. This year the situation is improved, but we are ready to consider additional support should we receive requests.
Baroness Amos: We oppose the Sudan People's Liberation Army's Memorandum of Understanding and the unacceptable conditions imposed by it. We have made it clear that it is for the humanitarian organisations themselves to decide whether or not to sign up, and that those who do not, should be allowed to continue their work unhindered. Humanitarian organisations in Sudan must be allowed to operate with neutrality and independence. We will continue to support those that do so.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Instructional standards at the Defence School of Transport (DST) conform to all current testing requirements set by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Instructors on the Defence Driving Instructor course have been trained by the DSA and there are three instructors trained by the DSA as Large Goods Vehicle Driving Instructor Assessors for the purpose of testing MoD personnel to the required standard for entry to the DSA Voluntary LGV Driving Instructor register. The school has also achieved ISO 9001 accreditation for Quality Assurance. The MoD is therefore confident that the standards at the DST are satisfactory.
|Vehicle Maker||Vehicle Model||Vehicle Type|
|Defence Driving Instructor (DDI) Training||Leyland||DAF||4 tonne Crew Cab|
|Defence Driving Examiner (DDE) training||Vauxhall||Astra||Diesel Estate Car|
|DDE training||Ford||IVECO||11/15 tonne cargo (dual control)|
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) does not conduct driver training, but is the authority for setting standards for all driving tests and offers guidance to civilian and military training organisations to achieve these test standards through whatever means are appropriate--for example, reference manuals and policy. The Defence School of Transport meets fully all DSA criteria.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: A potential student on the Defence Driving Instructor Course at the Defence School of Transport will be expected to have: held a category B licence for a minimum of three years; held a category C licence for a minimum of two years; and held a category C+E licence for a minimum of three months.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Defence Driving Instructor (DDI) Course runs for 15 training days (commonly three weeks). Students are required to pass a written theory test, a driving assessment, an instructional assessment, a cross-country instructional assessment and a recovery instructional assessment. Students are subject to continual assessment throughout the course. There are no training requirements for civilian instructors that are additional to these requirements; the civilian course requires a touch screen theory test rather than a written test, and does not require success in cross-country or recovery instructional assessments. Additionally, DDIs are given the result of their test at the end of the course, whereas civilian Approved Driving Instructors are given the results of each of the qualifying tests shortly after taking them.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): In March 2000 the Department of Health announced £1 million additional new funding for urgent research studies into prostate cancer as a mark of its concern over this disease.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The Government intend to make an announcement on this issue on 3 October. Full details of our proposals will be available in the Library of the House then.
The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Guidance given on page 82 of the Companion to Standing Orders states that "it is considered undesirable to incorporate statements of opinion or the demonstration of a point of view" into the text of Questions on the Order Paper. The purpose of the Questions on the Order Paper should be to elicit information, and not to make an argument.
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