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Baroness Hayman: The Government are committed to a wide-ranging research and control strategy to find a science-based solution to TB in cattle. The badger culling trial is an important element of that strategy. I am pleased to announce that the sixth set of trial areas will be located in west Cornwall and that work is progressing on identifying the remaining areas.
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Baroness Hayman: Three projects on the effects associated with GMOs have been completed in the last six months. These are an investigation of the interaction between genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs) living around sugar beet plants; a study of the chances of the creation of novel viruses from the release of GM virus-tolerant plants; and a desk study of the possible effects associated with the introduction of GM forage grasses and forage legumes. The results of these projects will inform policy on future releases of GMOs.
Baroness Hayman: Consultation on the draft regulations to lift the retail ban on bone-in beef was completed on Wednesday 8 December and showed strong support for the proposal. A summary of consultation responses has been placed in the Library of the House. The regulations have been laid before the House today and will come into effect on Friday 17 December.
The remaining ban on the use of manufacturing of bones from beef deboned in Great Britain will continue to be kept under review. Meanwhile, manufacturers are being reminded of the continuing importance of compliance in the interest of public health and to help maintain consumer confidence in beef products. In addition, caterers are being asked to ensure that information is readily available to consumers about whether bone-in beef or beef bones have been used in the preparation of food for direct sale.
What funds have already been committed in relation to the Secretary of State's new official residence in Scotland; and what is the current estimate as to the total cost likely to be incurred; and[HL256]
What is the estimated date of completion of the Secretary of State for Scotland's new official residence in Scotland.[HL257]
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The rules and practice of the House concerning the provision of printed papers to Lords are set out on pages 58 to 60 of the Companion to the Standing Orders. In general terms, Lords are entitled to draw free of charge from the Printed Paper Office (PPO) such current parliamentary papers and other publications as they clearly require in order to discharge their parliamentary duties. The guidance in the Companion may be summarised as follows.
Lords are entitled to one copy of parliamentary papers, which are described in the Companion as those papers presented to, or laid before, Parliament, together with the other working papers of the House, such as the Minute, Hansard and Committee reports. Many parliamentary papers can be ordered (via the PPO) to be sent to a Lord's home address on a regular basis.
Lords are also entitled to obtain non-parliamentary government papers up to a price limit, which now stands at £65. Government publications above the price limit, and privately published papers, are not supplied free of charge unless they are specifically referred to in a Motion or Unstarred Question entered on the Order Paper for a particular day. As a general rule, Lords are expected to consult such papers in the Library.
The bodies responsible for the provision of parliamentary papers to Lords are the PPO and The Stationery Office. Papers are not, in general, made available to the House free of charge by government departments, other bodies or The Stationery Office, and they therefore have to be purchased by the PPO on behalf of the House. In addition to its role as printer and publisher of House papers, The Stationery Office is responsible for the dispatch to Lords of papers ordered on a regular basis.
The Chairman of Committees: The only House of Lords staff working in the Palace of Westminster on the dates in question will be five Doorkeepers and six Housekeepers who have volunteered to assist at the Millennium Awards Ceremony to be held in the Royal Gallery on New Year's Eve. They will be on duty from 6 p.m. until 9.15 p.m. and will be paid £250 each. This payment, together with a sum to cover employer's national insurance contributions, is being recovered from the event organisers. Police, security and fire officers will observe normal shifts and standard double time arrangements will apply. Forty additional police officers will be on duty on New Year's Eve, also on double time.
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