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Mr. Weir: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 624W, on the euro, whether the results of a future referendum on UK membership of the euro will be broken down and available by each nation and region of the UK. 
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his letter of 11 December to the hon. Member for Linlithgow in relation to the letter from the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, what encouragement Her Majesty's Government have given the US Government to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court. 
The Prime Minister: The issue has been discussed bilaterally with Secretary of State Powell as well as with officials in the US Administration. The EU, as part of its Common Policy towards the ICC, has expressed concern at the proposed introduction of legal measures which might in any way impede or delay the USA's ultimate ratification of the Rome Statute or future relations with the Court.
The Prime Minister: Holders of honours who have committed offences which bring the honours system into disrepute may be considered for forfeiture. It is Government policy not to discuss individual cases.
We share US concerns about the threats stemming from the proliferation of missiles and weapons of mass destruction and understand the role that missile defences can play as part of a comprehensive strategy to tackle
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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has (a) met, (b) spoken by telephone to and (c) written to the President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile; and if he will place a copy of the notes of such communications in the Library. 
The Prime Minister: The Appointments Commission brought new standards of transparency, professionalism and rigour into the selection of independent peers. The Commission has, as required, published criteria for appointing peers on the basis that individuals should have a record of outstanding achievement, political independence, integrity and the ability to contribute to the House.
The 15 new independent peers were appointed because they have skills and qualities that will benefit the legislative scrutiny and revising work of the second Chamber. They included a world authority on palliative care, an expert on youth and social exclusion, a top British businessman and a leading educationist. Their expertise is already contributing to debates in the House.
As my hon. Friend knows, the White Paper on Lords Reform published last year proposes a statutory Appointments Commission to appoint independent members and to continue an open and transparent process of appointing independent members to the House of Lords. In the meantime the Appointments Commission will continue its role.
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9. Joyce Quin: To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with (a) regional development agencies and (b) regional authorities and chambers about his Department's responsibilities for regional governance in England. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: Over the past few months, my ministerial colleagues and I have met a wide range of regional leaders, including representatives of regional development agencies, regional chambers, local authorities and other stakeholders across England to discuss regional governance. As we prepare the White Paper we have been encouraging a wider public debate on the issues. Ministers are actively encouraging views from all concerned.
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: I reported on progress on our White Paper on English regional governance to the annual plenary meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on 30 October 2001. The devolved Administrations expressed their support for extending the benefits of devolution where there was a regional demand for it, and offered to assist the process based on their own experience of devolution to date.
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: We are continuing to develop the role of the Government Offices so that they can operate across the full range of Departments whose policies and programmes have a local or regional impact.
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The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: The rules on the appointment of special advisers are set in the Ministerial Code. In addition, in response to reports from the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the Public Administration Select Committee, the Government have committed themselves to a limit on the number of special advisers which will form part of the package of Civil Service legislation.
12. Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what steps are being taken to ensure that assessments of the impact of regulations are consistent between Government Departments. 
13. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and others on the co-ordination of rural policy. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office gave on 28 November 2001, Official Report, column 898W.
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