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The Lord President of the Council (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The agreed budget for the North/South Language Body for 2003 was £11.33 million, £1.31 million less than the indicative budget of £12.64 million. This reduction was as a result of pressure on public expenditure in the Republic of Ireland. The budget was agreed by the two governments following consultation between them.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The agreed budget for the Ulster-Scots Agency for 2003 was £1.35 million, £0.22 million less than the indicative budget of £1.57 million. This reduction was a result of pressure on public expenditure in the Republic of Ireland rather than any consideration of the effect on policy.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Yes; the agreement itself provides a range of machinery for oversight of implementation in particular fields and it is regularly considered in meetings between the Government and the parties.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The 47 PEACE II implementing bodies in Northern Ireland are responsible for the appointment of selection panel members. Each panel comprises at least three people from within the implementing body but independent of those applying or assisting in the development of the projects; and normally includes a representative, external to the implementing body and with relevant experience.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The references to the Department of Culture, Arts and Libraries in my written replies of 11 March (WA 168), 30 April (WA 102) and 22 May (WA 95) were incorrect. The answers should have referred to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Further references to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Industry were also incorrect. These should have read Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Both prior to and after this arrest pending extradition proceedings, the Russian authorities have raised Mr Berezovsky many times with Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff in London and with British Embassy officials in Moscow. There have also been written and telephone exchanges between Russian authorities and Home Office officials in connection with the extradition request. The Russian Government have had several meetings with the Crown Prosecution Service, which is representing the Russian authorities in this case. In keeping with established practice, Russian contacts with the latter are ongoing. Compiling a list of all the representations made by the Russian authorities on this case over the past two years would incur disproportionate costs.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We have always believed that those who have been responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Iraq should be brought to justice. UK forces have been tasked with securing and protecting evidence of such crimes as they encounter it and with handing it over to the relevant prosecuting authorities at the appropriate time. The UK sent a team of nine forensic experts to Iraq on 21 May to investigate war crimes and mass graves and to make recommendations for further assistance in this area.
We believe that it will be for the Iraqi people to decide what action to take, with suitable international help. A team of coalition specialists has started the process of assessing the situation on the ground, listening to the wishes of the Iraqi people, and making recommendations for future action.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: International humanitarian law already contains provisions on this matter. Under Article 54 of Additional Protocol 1 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, to which the UK is a party, it is expressly prohibited to attack, destroy or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, including drinking water installations and supplies, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population, or for any other motive.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Annex VIII of document number CONV 727/03 of the Convention on the Future of Europe provides a complete list of the legal bases for which the draft EU constitutional treaty proposes changing the adoption procedure. That document is available on the convention's website (http://european-convention.eu.int) in the "Documents" section.
(a) European Communities Act 1973 and the United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community;
(b) Single European Act 1987;
(c) Treaty on European Union 1993 (Maastricht);
(d) Treaty of Amsterdam 1999; and
(e) Treaty of Nice 2002.[HL3165]
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The European Communities Act 1973 provided in domestic law for the United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community. It did not alter the decision-making procedures for policy areas.
I have placed in the Library a document detailing the movement of policy areas to qualified majority voting or co-decision after the entry into force of the Single European Act, the Treaty on European Union, the Treaty of Amsterdam and the Treaty of Nice.
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