Results 21–40 of 2000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lord Warner

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: Most recently, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health) at the Department of Health (Ms Hazel Blears) met representatives of the Health Food Manufacturers' Association to discuss the Food Supplements Directive on 9 June 2003. Issues covered in discussion fell under four main headings: nutrients and nutrient sources missing from Annex I and II in the Food Supplements...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: Food supplements, like other foods, are not required to demonstrate their efficacy before marketing, nor are they subject to prior approval unless they are genetically modified or are "novel". Therefore, the Food Standards Agency does not hold detailed information about food supplements on the United Kingdom market. According to information provided by industry, Annex I of the Food...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: Food supplements, like other foods, are not required to demonstrate their efficacy before marketing, nor are they subject to prior approval unless they are genetically modified or are "novel". Therefore, the Food Standards Agency does not hold detailed information about food supplements on the United Kingdom market. According to information provided by industry, Annex II of the Food...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: The Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals (EVM) consulted widely on a draft of its report in 2002. It carefully considered all responses before finalising its report. Although the Government have no plans to review the report of the EVM at this stage, the evidence base on issues relating to vitamin and mineral supplements will be monitored closely as it develops.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: The Government's view is that these maximum limits should be based on consideration of safety rather than supposed nutritional need so as to not unnecessarily limit consumer choice or unduly restrict trade. The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is responsible for negotiations on this issue, takes every opportunity to press this case bilaterally with member states and with other interested...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive sets out principles for setting maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements. The Government's view is that these should be based on consideration of safety rather than supposed need or other considerations, so as to neither unnecessarily limit consumer choice nor unduly restrict trade. The Food Standards Agency, which is...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: The Food Standards Agency formally consulted on the draft Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 from 23 October 2002 to 15 January 2003. A summary of responses received is on the Food Standards Agency's website with all comments clearly attributed. In amending the draft regulations, the Food Standards Agency carefully considered all responses received, including the comments from...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: The Government are firmly committed to the view that, in the interests of consumer choice, the law should allow food supplements that are safe and properly labelled to be freely marketed. The European Commission has not yet proposed maximum limits for nutrients in food supplements. The view expressed at this meeting was that many European Union member states would prefer a more restrictive...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: "University Hospitals" (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: There are no defined criteria, functions or facilities required for any National Health Service hospital to use the title "University Hospital". The term has traditionally been used to denote an affiliation between a hospital and a university where a significant amount of teaching is carried out within the hospital. A hospital would be expected to reach agreement with its associated...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Healthcare Audit and Inspection (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: The only body that undertakes a full inspection and investigation of National Health Service hospitals is the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), which undertakes a rolling programme of clinical governance reviews. The Health Act 1999 requires the CHI to undertake local reviews (known as clinical governance reviews) to examine the quality of care provided by NHS bodies; CHI comment on...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS Commissioning (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: It is up to primary care trusts (PCTs), as member of specialised services commissioning groups, to decide whether they wish to form purchasing consortia for specific specialised services. PCTs overall arrangements for commissioning specialised services are performance managed by strategic health authorities (SHA). It would be up to an individual SHA to decide whether to advise on the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU Directive on Good Clinical Practice (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: The European Union Directive on Good Clinical Practice (Directive 2001/20/EC) contains within it an implementation date of 1 May 2004. The draft United Kingdom legislation to transpose this directive, the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2003, has been out for a period of public consultation. The responses to this consultation are being evaluated. The Medicines and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Clinical Negligence (30 Jun 2003)

Lord Warner: We are pleased to announce the publication today of a report for consultation by the Government's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, outlining proposals for reform of the National Health Service clinical negligence system. The report, entitled Making Amends: a consultation paper setting out proposals for reforming the approach to clinical negligence in the NHS, has been...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Vaccine Stocks (1 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: We have a substantial strategic stock of smallpox vaccine, which would be rapidly deployed to contain any outbreak. We have taken steps to considerably increase our supplies. We are planning for every eventuality and this includes the ability to vaccinate the entire population if necessary. With regard to anthrax and other biological agents that could be used as deliberate release weapons for...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (2 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: According to information provided by industry, around 300 nutrients and nutrient sources presently used in food supplements in the United Kingdom market are currently missing from the lists of permitted substances in the annexes to the Food Supplements Directive. Industry representatives have informed the Food Standards Agency that safety dossiers are currently being prepared to support the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, Manchester (2 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: There is no direct National Health Service involvement in the funding of the Wolfson Centre. The centre is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the Christie Hospital Trust Charitable Fund and the University of Manchester. The centre has received funding from National Translational Cancer Research Network (NTRAC) Manchester to appoint three core posts: radiochemist,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pulmonary Disease and Rehabilitation (2 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is currently developing a guideline on the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary and secondary care. It is due to publish the guideline in 2004. In January 2003 the Respiratory Alliance published its guidance Bridging the Gap which aims to help primary care trusts to commission and deliver high quality allergy and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health Inequalities (2 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: We are today publishing details of the Government's implementation plans for tackling health inequalities in England. The plans set out how our strategy (published on 15 November 2002) to narrow the health gap between disadvantaged groups, areas and the rest of the population will be delivered. Copies of the publication, Health inequalities; a programme of action, have been placed in the Library.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (3 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: The agency has received some representations on this publication. The agency supports a safety-based approach to regulation of food supplements, and is committed to promoting informed choice. Prior to the publication of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals (EVM) report the agency held two press conferences to brief the media with the chairman of the EVM. The agency was careful to present...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food Supplements (3 Jul 2003)

Lord Warner: The Reference Nutrient Intake for Vitamin B6 is 1.2 mg/day for adult females and 1.4 mg/day for adult males. Government advice remains that people limit their intake of vitamin B6 from dietary supplements to no more than 10 mg per day unless acting on the advice of their GP or health professional. Reports of suspected adverse reactions to medicines are collated by the Medicines and Healthcare...


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