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The HFEA has advised that since its document on discipline policy was issued in January 2007, no employees have been suspended from duty and there have been five cases of misconduct. In accordance with information collected since October 2007, none of its employees has been suspected of fraud or corruption. The HFEA has also advised that the interim chief executive has not been approached by anyone wishing to make a disclosure, as described in its document on Public Interest Disclosure produced in September 2006.

Energy: Wind Generation

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The cost estimates made by the Government for onshore and offshore wind generally assume a working life of 20 years. This is used as an average figure, around which there will be a range and which itself is uncertain. Longer working lives may be achieved through a more intensive operations and maintenance programme.

Energy: Wind Turbines

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The effects of wind intermittency will increasingly be mitigated through a range of options. These include:



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the geographical dispersion of wind farms across the country, including a potentially huge upscaling of our offshore capacity following the recent Crown Estate announcement on round 3 offshore wind zones;the increasing deployment of predictable forms of renewable energy, such as biomass;the availability of a spinning reserve (the electricity system always has more generating capacity available than the expected demand-known as spinning reserve-as no electricity generator, whether conventional or renewable, is 100 per cent reliable);the increasing use of energy storage;greater demand-side management;we are also exploring a number of other ways in which to manage the deployment of increasing amounts of variable wind power in the future. These include greater levels of interconnection to mainland Europe; and energy storage and other forms of flexible supply and demand are likely to have a very significant role to play in our future low carbon electricity network, particularly in facilitating the integration of intermittent renewable technologies.

We are currently looking at what our energy pathways to 2050 may be, as indicated in our recently published low carbon transition plan, and the outcome of this work will help us define the role for energy storage within our future low carbon electricity network.

Equality Bill

Question

Asked by Lord Rooker

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The reasonable adjustment duty in the Equality Bill requires employers, those providing services and exercising public functions to make reasonable adjustments when disabled people are placed at a substantial disadvantage. The duty applies in respect of all disabled people including people with sensory impairments who are at a substantial disadvantage when accessing information.

This is not a new duty, having been introduced incrementally between 1996 and 2004, and is carried forward from the Disability Discrimination Act with one substantive change. The Equality Bill introduces a common threshold of "substantial disadvantage" for the duty; this is the threshold which currently applies in the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act. The threshold which currently applies in respect of services and public functions is higher.



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The impact assessment for the Equality Bill, copies of which are available in the Library, includes the costs of new policy or changes to policy. It does not cost existing polices being imported into the Bill. Accordingly it costs the introduction of the lower "substantial disadvantage" threshold. The costs, which are aggregated and are not broken down by type of impairment, are estimated in the range of £2 million to £6 million per year.

EU: Non-compliance

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government have been very clear that no decisions by the new European supervisory authorities should impinge on the fiscal responsibilities of the UK. The Government will oppose any proposal of the European Parliament that seeks to undermine this principle.

Finance: Savings

Question

Asked by Lord Dykes

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The gross household saving ratio is currently 8.6 per cent (2009Q3), up from an average of 4.4 per cent between 2000-06. Estimates of the saving ratio can be revised quite heavily as new data on income and spending become available. The pace and extent of the adjustment currently reported are therefore subject to uncertainty. However, it seems clear that a significant adjustment is underway.

The Government's savings strategy focuses on developing a range of savings opportunities suitable for each life stage, and providing incentives for saving through the tax and benefit system. In support of this, the Government have introduced ISAs and the Child Trust Fund, and will introduce the Saving Gateway in 2010 to encourage saving amongst working-age people on lower incomes. Private pension reform will enable and encourage more people to build up a private pension income.

Fire and Rescue Service

Question

Asked by Lord Moonie

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): No disciplinary action has been taken.

Gaza

Question

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Lord Brett: UN agencies and non-governmental organisations have published a number of reports on the health of children in Gaza. According to these reports. infant mortality rates in Gaza have stagnated in the past few years, following a long period of sustained decreases. There are high levels of diarrhoeal disease and anaemia among young children. Children's diets have deteriorated due to restrictions on imports, leading to growing levels of acute and chronic malnutrition. At the same time, an increase in overweight children has been recorded, due to reductions in the quality of available food and lack of physical activity. The trauma and stress experienced during last winter's conflict also appear to have resulted in increasing mental health problems in children.



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Government Departments: Consultancy Services

Question

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): This information is not held centrally and to collect it would incur disproportionate costs.

Health: Cancer

Question

Asked by Lord Bradley

Baroness Thornton: The following table shows the number of patients seeing a cancer specialist within two weeks of diagnosis at National Health Service trusts in the Greater Manchester and the north-west strategic health authority area.



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Patients Seeing a Cancer Specialist within Two Weeks of Diagnosis (number and percentage compliance)
2008-09 Q32008-09 Q42009/10 Q12009/10 Q2
Numberas %Numberas %Numberas %Numberas %

North West Strategic Health Authority

26,478

99.9%

26,858

96.5%

28,623

95.2%

30,598

94.8%

Trusts in the Greater Manchester area

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

1

100.0%

*

*

1

100.0%

*

*

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

870

99.8%

882

98.5%

1087

97.1%

1047

96.8%

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

788

100.0%

781

98.9%

832

98.7%

902

97.4%

Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust

273

100.0%

303

97.4%

309

96.9%

306

97.5%

Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

925

100.0%

1001

98.9%

1000

99.2%

1075

98.5%

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

923

100.0%

855

98.1%

873

96.4%

1073

96.1

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

811

100.0%

946

99.2%

897

99.4%

980

99.4%

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

*

*

21

100.0%

*

*

*

*

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

325

100.0%

461

98.3%

476

93.7%

437

94.0%

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

2,065

99.9%

2275

96.3%

2217

95.1%

2236

93.2%

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

1,280

100.0%

1368

97.9%

1574

97.5%

1509

96.9%

Other trusts in the North West

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1,265

99.9%

784

96.9%

1334

95.2%

1619

94.2%

St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust

1,237

99.9%

1194

95.7%

1403

98.5%

1235

95.9%

Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust

74

100.0%

41

100.0%

99

100.0%

96

100.0%

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

*

*

1

100.0%

*

*

*

*

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

714

100.0%

659

94.5%

494

94.6%

843

91.1

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1,302

99.8%

1332

95.1%

1397

94.0%

1228

94.0%

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust

*

*

*

*

1

100.0%

*

*

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

274

100.0%

313

96.3%

304

93.8%

338

92.3%

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

18

100.0%

3

100.0%

9

100.0%

20

100.0%

East Cheshire NHS Trust

753

100.0%

780

98.1%

881

97.5%

863

98.3%

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

1,127

99.9%

1067

98.3%

743

95.4%

1267

96.7%

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

1,688

99.9%

1542

96.4%

1661

91.2%

1599

91.7%

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

1,842

99.7%

2100

93.7%

2048

89.9%

2314

89.9%

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

1,082

99.9%

1675

95.1%

1749

98.9%

1828

98.9%

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

1,154

99.9%

770

94.7%

1231

92.4%

1323

92.5%

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1,113

100.0%

1093

96.4%

1085

93.7%

1070

95.1%

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1,523

100.0%

1537

95.8%

1684

94.6%

1695

95.0%

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1,427

100.0%

1511

96.1%

1601

93.0%

1737

93.0%

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

1,624

99.6%

1563

96.8%

1633

95.2%

1958

95.0%

England

185,924

99.8%

181,038

94.5%

208,265

94.1%

216,177

94.4%

Health: Contaminated Blood Products


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