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Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The declaration made by Garda Sochana officers is set in context by the words Xin the office of Garda in the Garda Sochana" contained within that declaration. If a Garda Sochana officer applied to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland and was successful, that person would no longer be serving in the office of Garda in the Garda Sochana and their oath would no longer be binding.

Moreover, anyone attested as a constable in the Police Service of Northern Ireland is required to make the declaration set out in Section 38 of the Police Act (Northern Ireland) 2000:

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their response to the Belfast Telegraph opinion poll on 22 November on the subject of the Police Service of Northern Ireland badge; whether, following this poll, they intend to continue with the current proposal; and, if not, whether they will give the duty of designing the new badge to the policing board.[HL1663]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Government have noted the results of the Belfast Telegraph poll. As the Minister of State, Jane Kennedy, said in her letter to the statutory consultees:

    Xthe Government has employed designers to produce possible designs for the emblem or badge and new badges of rank . . . The designs by no means cover all the possibilities. They are intended to assist the Board in their consideration of this important matter. The Board may well have ideas of their own. We would nevertheless be grateful for any comments on the designs that consultees may have".

Section 54(3) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 sets out the statutory consultees for the regulations on the police emblem and flag. The policing board is one of those consultees. The Secretary of State is also required to consult the chief constable, the Police Association and any other person or body appearing to him to have an interest in the matter. As set out in the updated implementation plan published on 17 August, the Secretary of State could not conceive of rejecting the board's proposals if genuine cross-community consensus emerges. Otherwise he would not impose an outcome either on the emblem or the flying of flags which would deter

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recruitment or be objectionable to a substantial part of the community.

Cyprus: SBAs

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the British sovereign bases in Cyprus are within the European Union; and, if Cyprus becomes a member of the European Union, whether they propose that these two British sovereign bases will also be within the European Union. [HL1492]

The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The SBAs are outside the European Union, as agreed at the time of the UK's own accession. Following careful consideration of the political and technical aspects of this issue, the Government have concluded that the case for leaving the SBAs outside the European Union remains valid. We will be taking forward discussions with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Commission on that basis. Our policy will require some technical adjustments to ensure the continued smooth functioning of the relationship between the SBAs and Cyprus. We will need in particular to work out the best way to make sure that Cypriots who live and work in the SBAs do not benefit less from Cyprus's membership of the European Union than their compatriots in the Republic of Cyprus. And we need to ensure that the arrangements are compatible with the 1960 Treaty of Establishment. We will continue to keep Parliament informed of developments.

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: UK Delegation

Lord Campbell-Savours asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What the composition will be of the United Kingdom delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[HL1752]

Baroness Symons: The following will represent the United Kingdom at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly:

    The Right Hon. Member for Swansea East (Mr Donald Anderson)

    The Right Hon. Member for North East Hampshire (Mr James Arbuthnot)

    The Hon. Member for the City of York (Mr Hugh Bayley)

    The Right Hon. Member for North East Fife (Mr Menzies Campbell CBE QC)

    The Hon. Member for Barnsley West and Penistone (Mr Michael Clapham)

    The Right Hon. Lord Clark of Windermere

    The Hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Mr Harry Cohen)

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    The Hon. Member for Ilford South (Mr Michael Gapes)

    The Right Hon. Member for Walsall South (Mr Bruce George)

    The Lord Gladwin of Clee CBE

    The Hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mr Michael Hancock CBE)

    The Right Hon. Lord Jopling DL

    The Hon. Member for Halifax (Alice Mahon)

    The Hon. Member for East Hampshire (Mr Michael Mates)

    The Hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Mr John Smith)

    The Hon. Member for Dunfermline West (Rachel Squire)

    The Right Hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley)

    The Hon. Member for Gosport (Mr Peter Viggers)

European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

Baroness David asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What the forthcoming business is in the Council of the European Union for December; and what the major European Union events are for the period between 31 December and May 2002.[HL1785]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: See attached. December 4—ECOFIN Meeting—Brussels 1. Adoption of the Agenda 2. Approval of the list of XA" items 3. Preparation for the Laeken European Council.

Report on Aims and working methods in the field of pensions

Report on structural indicators

Report on progress concerning the fiscal package 4. Fiscal Package

Taxation and savings

=Directive, including main features of a standardised form for exchanging information

=Interim reports by the Member States concerned on discussions with dependent or associated territories

Code of Conduct

=Progress report from Code of Conduct group 5. (Poss.) VAT invoicing (may become XA" item) 6. Financial Services

—(Poss.) Financial Services Action Plan, 5 Progress report from the Commission

—(Poss.) Proposal for a Directive on financial collateral arrangements

=General Approach


=Presidency report on progress

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Financial conglomerates

=Presidency report on progress


=Adoption 7. Annual report of the Court of Auditors for the financial year 2000

Presentation by the Court of Auditors 8. Galileo

Progress report 9. Economic situation in the air transport sector (insurance)

Report on developments in the situation 10. Preparation for ministerial meeting with the candidate countries 11. Conference on Financing for Development

—Common Position 12. Other Business Other business

3—Brussels—Employment and Social Affairs Council

4—Bruges—Culture Council (Ministerial Informal)

4—Brussels—Energy Council

5—Brussels—Industry Council

6–7—Brussels—Transport and Telecommunications Council

6–7—Brussels—Justice and Home Affairs Council

10—Brussels—Research Council

10–11—Brussels—General Affairs Council

12–13—Brussels—Environment Council


14–15—Laeken—European Council

17–18—Brussels—Fisheries Council

18–19—Brussels—Agriculture Council No agendas for the above are available yet.

The following are the principle events in the EU between 1 January and May 2002 (certain relevant events are also included: the list is based on the information available at the date of issue).

10BrusselsFisheries Council
17BrusselsBudget Council (Ev)
21–22BrusselsAgriculture Council
21BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
25–26BrusselsMeeting of Employment Ministers (Ministerial Informal)
28–29BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
9–10BrusselsGymnich (Ministerial Informal)
11BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
14BrusselsEducation and Youth Council
14–15BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council (Ministerial Informal)
18–19BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
18–19BrusselsAgriculture Council
22–23BrusselsTelecoms and Information Society Council (Ministerial Informal)
28BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
1BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council (Evening)
1BrusselsInternal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council
4BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
7BrusselsEmployment and Social Affairs Council
11BrusselsResearch Council
11–12BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
15–16BarcelonaEuropean Council
18–19BrusselsAgriculture Council
21BrusselsEnvironment Council
23–24BrusselsDefence Meeting (Ministerial Informal)
25–26BrusselsTransport and Telecom Council
5–6LuxembourgMigrations Council (ASEM Ministerial Informal)
8LuxembourgFisheries Council
13–14LuxembourgECOFIN (Ministerial Informal)
15–16LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
22–23ValenciaEuromed Conference
22–23LuxembourgAgriculture Council
25–26LuxembourgJustice and Home Affairs Council
27–30LuxembourgAgriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)
3–4BrusselsTourism Council (Ministerial Informal)
6BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
13BrusselsGeneral Affairs and Defence Council
17–18MadridEU-LAC Summit
21BrusselsInternal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council
23BrusselsCulture and Audio-visual Council
24–26BrusselsEnvironment Council (Ministerial Informal)
27–28BrusselsAgriculture Council
30BrusselsDevelopment Council
30BrusselsEducation and Youth Council
31–1 JuneBrusselsTransport Council (Ministerial Informal)

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