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Written Parliamentary Questions: 17th January 2007

Court Information

Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's policy is on the provision to courts of information regarding the inclusion on list (a) 98 and (b) 99 of people giving evidence.

A:'List 98' is not a list maintained by the Department for Education and Skills. Some educational establishments and authorities have introduced and maintained such lists under local arrangements, but they are not a requirement under education or employment law.

Requests from courts for information about people giving evidence who are on List 99 are not received routinely. Any request or order by a court, or for the purpose of court proceedings, would be considered in accordance with the law on a case by case basis. (Jim Knight, Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills)

Predictive Dialling Technology

Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which contractors his Department employs who use predictive dialling technology; how many calls using predictive dialling technology were made on behalf of his Department by each such contractor in each of the last five years; and what proportion of those calls were abandoned.

A:holding answer 20 November 2006

Within DWP the only business area that uses predictive dialling is Debt Management. The following debt collection agencies have been contracted to Debt Management: Eversheds, Commercial Collections Services Ltd. (CCSL), Legal and Trade and the Lewis Group.

Please see the following table, which includes available data: (please follow link to see data...) (James Purnell, Minister of State (Pensions Reform), Department for Work and Pensions)

Myasthenia Gravis

Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 30 November 2006 to the hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell), Official Report, column 919W, on myasthenia gravis, what proportion of the 25 per cent. of her Department's expenditure on health research that is not devolved to and managed by NHS organisations was spent on research into myasthenia gravis in the latest period for which figures are available.

A:None in the financial year 2005-06. (Ivan Lewis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health)

Comments

Bob Piper said…
John,

Has your blog site moved to another address as the title (and content) of this one seems to have changed away from a blog site for general consumption to a sort of aide memoire to yoursel. The old provocative John Hemming blogger seems to be no more, as evidenced by the total absence of comments.

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