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Baroness Blackstone: The Report on the Operation of the Treasure Act 1996: Review and Recommendations is being published today and I am arranging for copies to be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The interpretation of terrorism in the United Kingdom is placed within an international context and is contained in Part I, Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which received Royal Assent on 20 July 2000 and came into force on 19 February 2001.
Under the Terrorism Act 2000 paramilitary beatings and enforced exile can be interpreted as terrorist acts. The Government remain utterly and unequivocally opposed to any such acts from whatever quarter they come.
|Full Representatives||Substitute Members|
|David Atkinson Esq MP||Janet Anderson MP|
|Malcolm Bruce Esq MP||Tony Banks Esq MP|
|Sir Sydney Chapman MP||Baroness Billingham|
|Tom Cox Esq MP||Lord Burlison|
|James Cran Esq MP||Ann Cryer MP|
|Bill Etherington Esq MP||Michael Hancock Esq CBE MP|
|Paul Flynn Esq MP||Baroness Hooper|
|Lord Judd||Rt Hon Lord Kilclooney|
|Baroness Knight of Collingtree DBE||Khalid Mahmood Esq MP|
|Tony Lloyd Esq MP||David Marshall Esq MP|
|Jim Marshall Esq MP||Alan Meale Esq MP|
|Chris McCafferty MP||Gordon Prentice Esq MP|
|Kevin McNamara Esq MP||Geraldine Smith MP|
|Eddie O'Hara Esq MP||Lord Tomlinson|
|Lord Russell-Johnston||Dr Rudi Vis MP|
|John Wilkinson Esq MP||Robert Walter Esq MP|
|Jimmy Wray Esq MP|
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The Government are keen to open up civil employment under the crown regardless of nationality, while reserving the right, enjoyed by all EC member states, to reserve posts for their own nationals where strictly necessary. Although it has not been possible to secure a slot in the legislative programme to address civil employment under the crown generally, the Police Bill contains a provision
The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Baroness Morgan of Huyton): We are learning from the experience in Northern Ireland of creating a unified single Equality Commission. It covers a range of practical and financial matters, as well as issues relating to the functions, structure, balance, focus and accountability of the commission. Further lessons will no doubt be learnt as the commission beds down. Equality and human rights issues, including the setting up of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, were key factors in the Good Friday Agreement. The situation in Northern Ireland is unique. However, we are continuing to watch developments there so that we can consider whether, and, if so, the extent to which, lessons learnt might be applied throughout the rest of the UK.
Baroness Morgan of Huyton: The Government's priority is to achieve coherence and, where desirable and appropriate, consistency between the different anti-discrimination statutes in Great Britain. We also need to ensure we effectively meet our European obligations. Our actions will be focused on the steps necessary to provide individuals, business and other organisations with a clear understanding of their respective rights and responsibilities under these laws. There are a number of options for achieving this. We intend to issue a consultation document setting out our plans on equality legislation within the next three months.
The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): As previously announced, the Government resumed talks under the Brussels Process in July. We are aiming to build a better future for Gibraltar and firmly believe this represents the best way forward. A further ministerial meeting under the Brussels Process is planned for 20 November. Both we and the Spanish Government hope that the Chief Minister of Gibraltar will participate in this meeting. The Government stand by their commitment to the people of Gibraltar as set out in the Preamble to the 1969 Gibraltar Constitution.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Her Majesty's Government are actively working to ensure Gibraltar's enfranchisement in time for the 2004 elections to the European Parliament. We unequivocally accept the obligation to give effect to the judgment of the ECHR and are continuing our efforts to this end.
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