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Our Ambassador to Indonesia has visited Maluku twice this year. These visits provided an opportunity to assess the situation at first hand. Together with other international partners we are working with the Indonesian authorities and UNDP to promote reconciliation in the province.
The Government welcome the commitment of the Indonesian leadership to resolve the country's regional conflicts through dialogue and reconciliation. The challenge for Indonesia is to build on the foundations laid by the recent democratic process and to deliver human rights that benefit everybody. Her Majesty's Government will play a full part in helping towards that goal.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has a modern amplification system and complaints of inaudability have hitherto been fairly rare, but there have been one or two complaints recently. Investigations will be carried out to see what improvements can be made. If the noble Lord has any particular problems in mind perhaps he could let me have the details.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: We believe that the most essential requirement in a democracy is that the will of the people should determine who will form the Government. In the United Kingdom's parliamentary democracy, that is done through elections to the House of Commons, whose Members are the representatives of the people, and whose support the Government must receive if they are to continue in office. The Government believe that the composition of the United Kingdom Parliament must never be allowed to obscure or undermine that fundamental relationship.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The United Kingdom as a whole is a democracy and the composition of Parliament as a whole must respect that. The Government believe that this is best achieved by allowing the voice of the people to be clearly heard in the choice of the Government.
Lord William of Mostyn: The value of a Lord Chancellor is that he upholds judicial independence and can mediate between the executive and judiciary when need be. The office of the Lord Chancellor is the guarantor of judicial independence in our constitution. It holds the different parts together and withstands pressure from all sides.
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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Members of this House and another place have a full opportunity to scrutinise the contents of the Queen's Speech in a range of debates and as the legislation is brought before Parliament.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) Energy Review was announced by the Prime Minister on 25 June 2001 and will report by the end of the year. Details of the timetable will be published shortly in the Review Project Management Plan to be posted on the PIU website www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovation).
The Project Scoping Note and a paper entitled 'How we will be conducting the review' have already been posted on the PIU website. Interested parties have been invited to submit written evidence, ideally arriving by 10 September 2001. Written submissions should be sent to The Energy Review Team, Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office, Admiralty Arch, The Mall, London SW1A 2WH, or by email to the email@example.com. In addition, the Energy Review Team are organising a series of workshops and bilateral meeting to receive oral submissions, and interested parties have been invited to propose representatives to attend.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Maria Eagle, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has responsibility for civil rights for disabled people, including the Disability Discrimination Act and the Disability Rights Commission, for disability benefits, and for the promotion and co-ordination of disability issues across Government.
A number of other Ministers have responsibility for specific disability issues. Detailed information on ministerial responsibilities is set out in The List of Ministerial Responsibilities which is available in the Library of the House.
(a) list all Whitehall directorates whose role is to inform government thinking on the challenges and opportunities that may arise out of medium to long-term future developments in the social, environmental, commercial and scientific or technological spheres;
(b) state the aims and objectives of each of these directorates; and
(c) explain the interaction between them.[HL344]
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: This information is not readily available because many parts of central government play a role in the development of forward thinking and policy on how to meet challenges in these areas and create or seize opportunities for positive change.
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