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Lord Filkin: Policing methods such as interviewing techniques are the responsibility of individual member states of the European Union and are not the subject of approximation measures. Furthermore, the differing systems of policing in place within individual member states would make any such harmonisation difficult. Different approaches are however no bar to the effective police co-operation which is already in place across the European Union, including the exchange of information obtained during police
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): My right honourable friend, the Minister for Rural Affairs (Alun Michael) has considered all of the evidence submitted to him as part of the consultation exercise, including the three days of public hearings held in Portcullis House in September.
The key purpose of the Bill is to prevent cruelty associated with hunting with dogs. To that end it establishes a process which will ensure that hunting is permitted only where it is to be undertaken for a specified pest control purpose and where no other method of achieving that purpose that would cause less suffering is reasonably available. However, the Bill is only about hunting. It does not seek to control all methods of pest control, and does not prevent people using any other method of pest control that is legal including the use of shotguns or other kinds of gun.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Disclosure of criminal records through the Criminal Records Bureau is either required or enabled by legislation for very many occupations
There is no requirement for nannies to be vetted through the bureau. However, agencies which supply nannies may register with the bureau and, in that way, they may be vetted in the same way as other childcare workers.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The issues considered by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, were very complex. There was a need for extensive consultation and review of the relevant published literature and reports. The review focused on clinical negligence. At present, compensation or other financial help to patients is only given when the NHS has been at fault. Ministers do not believe that an exception should be made to that general rule in the case of people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C. The CMO is working up a comprehensive report for the Government outlining options for reforming the present system for handling clinical negligence claims, which aims to make the system fairer for all those who suffer injury through negligent National Health Service treatment. These proposals are under consideration by Ministers.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The new financial flows system for the National Health Service, which introduces a national price tariff, will be phased in from 200304. From 200506 when over 90 per cent of NHS activity will be covered by the national tariff, we will introduce the rule that a readmission within a specified time period will count as part of the same hospital episode and will not attract additional funding. This will act as a disincentive upon the NHS to do anything that might lead to a patient's readmission.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Those who provide the services which claims management companies organise are regulated by a range of bodies, including the Law Society, the General Council of the Bar, the Financial Services Authority and the General Insurance Standards Council. The Government are currently undertaking a scoping study for a review of the regulatory framework for legal services which will consider whether the review should cover claims management activities.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Provided claims management companies and similar organisations act responsibly and with probity they can expand access to justice for people with good claims. While improper approaches to vulnerable people must be a concern, it is of equal importance that people who may have been injured by others' negligence should have access to help in seeking compensation. If individuals are to enforce their rights they need to be aware of the ways in which they can enforce them. Marketing approaches, including advertising, provided it is not misleading or dishonest, assist in raising awareness.
The Government are keeping under review the emerging market and working with a range of organisations to encourage high and common standards in accident compensation. We would welcome the establishment of a single voice for the claims management sector, particularly one which encompasses common standards.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not record details of the religion or ethnicity of the owners of assets within the UK's balance of payments estimates. The financial account (which contains the UK's investment flows) presents a sectoral breakdown of transactions, which includes information relating to private corporations. No details concerning the religion of the owners of these corporations are recorded.
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