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Rural White Paper

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Parliamentary time in the Lords is not "allocated" by the Government. The schedule of business is agreed through the usual channels.

Sound Recording: Copyright Exception

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): We have no plans to delete references to sound recordings in Section 72 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. We have, however, consulted interested parties on the possibility of changes to the scope of this exception to copyright governing the playing or showing of broadcasts in public places where the public has not paid for admission. Under the exception, the producers of sound recordings receive no royalties for the playing in public of any sound recordings in the broadcasts, although they will have done so for the original inclusion of the sound recordings in the broadcasts.

Morocco: Artillery Pieces

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The export licence in question is valid for two years.

The question of whether the Moroccan authorities have notified MINURSO that the work has been started is a matter for the Moroccan Government and the United Nations.

Animal Rights Extremists

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The Government have taken a series of measures to strengthen the response to threats to legitimate businesses by animal rights extremists. The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 provides additional powers to protect companies and individuals from intimidation and harassment. The Act also provides for regulations under the Companies Act 1985 to disapply the requirement for company directors who are at serious risk of violence or intimidation to file their home address on the public record. Instead, they will be permitted to file a service address, which will appear on the public record. They will still be required to file their home address, but this will be kept on a secure register, with access restricted to law enforcement agencies and others that the regulations may specify. My department is working on the regulations in order to lay them before Parliament as soon as possible. In May, the Government set up a ministerial committee, chaired by the Home Secretary, to develop strategies to tackle animal rights extremism.

The Department of Trade and Industry has undertaken to operate banking facilities for Huntingdon Life Sciences plc, which, owing to intimidation of bank staff by animal rights extremists, has been unable to find commercial facilities in the UK, while negotiations with banks continue.

These actions demonstrate the Government's commitment to take positive action to ensure that companies are not prevented from undertaking legitimate business through intimidation and harassment of their staff or suppliers.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their estimate of the direct costs to the tourism industry of the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, 2002 and 2003; and what is their estimate of the number of jobs lost and at risk in the tourism industry in the same periods as a consequence of the outbreak.[HL19]

The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): The latest assessment put direct losses to tourism for 2001 at between £2 billion and £4 billion. Much will depend on the length of the outbreak and its geographical pattern. My officials are gathering further hard evidence to keep the assessment up to date. The impact in 2002 or 2003 cannot be assessed now. Since the beginning of the outbreak the Employment Service has been tracking the number of claims made for jobseeker's allowance where the claimant has identified foot and mouth disease (FMD) as a cause. The total number of claims attributable to FMD between 23 February 2001 and 1 June 2001 is around 6,500. For those whose employment has been affected by FMD there are additional measures in place, including training, reskilling and upskilling.

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