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Lord Gilbert: One of the aims of the Strategic Defence Review is to ensure that the Armed Forces are properly equipped to undertake the tasks asked of them. Our procurement plans will therefore be considered as part of the review, including projects already on contract. However, during the review there will be no moratorium and projects where contracts have already been placed will continue. Decisions on major equipment programmes not yet under contract will be considered on their individual circumstances in relation to progress with the review.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Clinton-Davis): As the report notes, it is not always clear how European law on rights during pregnancy applies in particular circumstances. My department monitors developments in case law carefully and when necessary will amend published guidance where cases result in clarification of the law. As the report also says, several women have successfully claimed their rights through the courts.
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Lord Richard: The great majority of government departments are in principle able to provide personal copies of Answers to Questions by e-mail, and willing to do so. However, a number of technical questions arise, and the House authorities and the government departments will need to satisfy themselves that these can be resolved. The Government look forward to testing this service once these steps have been taken.
Lord Richard: The Minister without Portfolio is responsible for assisting the Prime Minister and other ministerial colleagues in implementing government policy and presenting it effectively. He has specific responsibility for the Government's interests in the Millennium Experience at Greenwich.
Lord Richard: Five: two private secretaries supporting the Minister without Portfolio in his responsibilities for the implementation and presentation of Government policy; a diary secretary; and two personal secretaries with typing and other administrative duties. He also has an Adviser, not paid by the Government.
Lord Richard: The Government have decided to refocus the Department of National Heritage to play a major part in the regeneration of our country for the future, working with the cultural industries, local government and the private sector to support creativity and also to create wealth and employment. As an expression of this change, the department will be renamed the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and its responsibilities widened to include the music industries, which contribute some £2.5 billion to gross domestic product each year.
My right honourable friend, who will be known as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, will develop a new and dynamic approach to the "creative industries". He will carry through the Government's commitment to a strategic vision for the British arts, media and cultural industries that matches their real power and energy.
What are the terms of reference of the new Food Standards Agency; and
What is the proposed membership and method of working of the new Food Standards Agency.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): A period of consultation on the report by Professor Philip James on a Food Standards Agency has recently concluded. The Government are now considering the issues raised by the responses to that consultation, including the matters mentioned by the noble Baroness, with a view to reaching decisions on how to proceed in establishing the agency. It is the Government's intention to publish a White Paper in the autumn.
Lord Donoughue: The north east coast salmon drift net fishery is regulated by the Environment Agency and is subject to the salmon and freshwater fisheries legislation applying in England and Wales; this situation will not be affected by Scottish devolution. The fishery is currently being phased out, and there are no plans to use public funds to accelerate this process.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, which reported in 1993, considered the extent to which the judge should refer to the facts of the case in the course of his summing up, including whether he should sum up the facts of a case at all. The Royal Commission concluded that it would not be sensible to lay down a rule on how far a judge should sum up the facts of a case, as the circumstances will vary from case to case, but agreed with the views of the Court of Appeal in R v Wilson and recommended that judges should not have to give a summary of the evidence for and against the prosecution in every case.
When consulted about this recommendation, the senior judiciary took the view that they were already making full use of the flexibility they currently possess, which enables them to include in their summing up only those facts of the case which they consider necessary. In the case of Brower  Crim LR 746, which was heard after the Royal Commission reported, the Court of Appeal took the view that in the majority of cases it was necessary for the judge to sum up on the facts in order to assist the jury and ensure a fair trial.