28/06/2007 - Answers issued to Members on 28 June 2007

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Answers issued to Members on 28 June 2007

[R] signifies that the Member has declared an interest.
[W] signifies that the question was tabled in Welsh. Contents Questions to the Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language Questions to the Minister for Health and Social Services

Questions to the Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language

Nicholas Bourne (Mid and West Wales): Will the Minister make a statement on compulsory redundancies at the University of Wales, Cardiff? (WAQ50088) The Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language (Carwyn Jones): This is entirely a matter for Cardiff University. Higher education institutions are autonomous bodies with sole responsibility for their own administrative affairs. Staffing issues are very clearly a matter for the universities as employers and this is not a matter over which the Welsh Assembly Government has any jurisdiction. Peter Black (South Wales West): What evaluation has been made of the success of the University of Glamorgan’s e-College scheme and will any evaluation be published? (WAQ50099) Carwyn Jones: The e-College Phase 2 has reported it has exceeded the approved number of beneficiaries projected to be 870, by achieving 1,440 beneficiaries. Some 324 individuals achieved a higher level qualification, with a further 614 individuals achieving a credit towards a qualification. An evaluation of the scheme has been undertaken by the project sponsors. Peter Black (South Wales West): How much Welsh Assembly Government funding has been given to the University of Glamorgan e-College scheme? (WAQ50101) Carwyn Jones: The University of Glamorgan’s e-College scheme has been supported by the European Social Fund under the Objective 1 West Wales and the Valleys Structural Funds Programme through two phases. The project has to date received £5,319,800 ESF grant. Match funding has been provided by the University and its partners.

Questions to the Minister for Health and Social Services

Jenny Randerson (Cardiff Central): What plans does the Minister have to monitor progress of the LHBs in configuring services for osteoporosis to meet the standards set out in the National Service Framework for Older People? (WAQ50106) Jenny Randerson (Cardiff Central): What incentives and support will be provided to LHBs to help to address any shortfalls in services for osteoporosis identified in the audit of services for older people? (WAQ50107) The Deputy Minister for Social Services (Gwenda Thomas): Commissioning services for osteoporosis is the responsibility of LHBs. The Service Development and Commissioning Directives for Arthritis and Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions launched, in February 2007, address the prevention, management and treatment of this condition for commissioners and service providers, including NHS Trusts. These directives have identified a number of key actions to help prevent and improve the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoporosis. The Welsh Assembly Government will monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Directives across Wales. In addition the findings of the Royal College of Physicians National Audit on Falls and Bone Health in Older People will provide another source of information to enable the monitoring of progress and benchmarking in this area.