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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): The prohibition on torture and inhuman and degrading treatment is set out in the Human Rights Act 1998. Similar prohibitions exist in the Bill of Rights 168889, the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the common law. The interpretation of these prohibitions is a matter for the courts.
The Lord Chancellor: In 2001 I sat in the House of Lords for a total of three days to hear the appeals: Uratemp Ventures Limited (Respondents) v Collins (AP) (Appellant)  UKHL 43 and AIB Group (UK) plc (formerly Allied Irish Banks plc and AIB Finance Limited) (Respondents) v Martin and another (Appellant)  UKHL 63. I did not sit in the House of Lords in 2002 and have not sat in any other court in the past two years.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Government Chief Whip told the House on 18 November 2002, "I cannot make any promises about a February break but, if business were to move speedily, it may be possible to arrange for a day or two during the week beginning 17 February."
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): House Committee papers can now be accessed on the Intranet, via the "House Administration" link on the Intranet homepage. Agendas are posted on the Intranet about one week before the Committee meets. Minutes are posted after meetings, and in most cases these include links to memoranda. Confidential items are marked "reserved", and memoranda are not made available. Hard copy of House Committee papers continues to be placed in the Library.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): Her Majesty's Government have no plans to alter the boundaries of the four police areas in Wales. Neither have the Government any plans to extend a role in the organisation of policing to the National Assembly for Wales for reasons given to the noble Lord at Report Stage of the Police Reform Bill on 16 April 2002, Official Report, cols. 92324.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Government announced in November the freedoms to be made available to authorities categorised as excellent and good under the comprehensive performance assessment (CPA). The freedoms we are providing to the very best authorities represent a radical package. Where possible, these will take effect for the coming financial year. Those authorities categorised as excellent are also being invited to participate in a new Innovations Forum to develop new ways of working to deliver better outcomes. All authorities will be able to negotiate freedoms through their local public service agreements, regardless of their CPA categorisation.
Lord Rooker: There was no funding for gypsies announced as part of the investment in affordable housing referred to in Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future. However, a separate budget was announced in July 2000 by my right honourable friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich, the then Minister for Housing, Planning and Construction, as part of the Spending Review 2000, that £17 million was to be made available over three years to local authorities for the refurbishment of authorised gypsy sites. The 200304 round has been extended to provide funding for local authorities to create new transit sites and stopping places.
Lord Rooker: In the White Paper Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions (Cm 5511) the Government invited views by the end of August 2002 on the question of how prescriptive we should be about the involvement of stakeholders in elected regional assemblies in England. In particular, the White Paper asked whether any requirements or principles should be specified and, if so, whether this should be done through legislation, guidance, or some other means.
By November 2002, 207 responses had been received on the involvement of stakeholders, of which most expressed views ranging more widely than these questions. The Government have today published an analysis of the responses received on my office's website at www.odpm.gov.uk, and I am placing a copy of this document in the House Library.
As we stated in the White Paper (paragraph 7.8), the Government are very keen that key regional stakeholders and their representatives should be involved within the structure of an elected assembly. I am therefore pleased to be able to announce today our proposed policy framework for the involvement of
The Government want to strike a balance between safeguarding the meaningful involvement of stakeholders in all relevant aspects of an elected assembly's work and allowing for regional flexibility to reflect regional priorities and build on existing working relationships. We also want to ensure that a wide diversity of regional stakeholders can be engaged. We therefore intend to make the following requirements and restrictions clear in the legislation:
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