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High Court Writ Enforcement

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin): A consultation paper has been published today detailing proposals for a new system for High Court fine enforcement, High Court Enforcement—The Enforcement Review: Writs of Fieri Facias and Possession. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Pensions and Benefits: Collection at Post Offices

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): Following the move to direct payment, customers who wish to do so will be able to continue to collect their benefit or pension at the post office. They will need to choose one of the account options that can be accessed at post offices.

The Department for Work and Pensions is providing customers with information (including letters and leaflets) which clearly sets out the account options as part of the move to payment direct into

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accounts. This information material sets out the key features of the various accounts and explains how people can access their money at the post office, if they wish to do so. Customers can choose the account which best suits their needs and circumstances.

Licensing Act 2003: Section 4

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will collect and publish statistics of the number of licensed premises and their aggregate capacity, the number of offences of violence against the person and the number of calls to the ambulance service, for every area in which corresponding figures are available in England and Wales, so that licensing authorities can pay regard to this evidence in carrying out their duty to promote the prevention of crime and disorder under Section 4 of the Licensing Act 2003.[HL3877]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): No. The Government already publish statistics on the number of liquor licensed premises within petty sessions areas and will continue to publish statistics on the number of licences issued under the new licensing regime that the Licensing Act 2003 will introduce. In determining an application for a licence the licensing authority, following receipt of relevant representations, must take such steps it considers necessary to promote all four licensing objectives and consider any relevant representations made by interested parties and responsible authorities, including the police. All of the information which licensing authorities will require to carry out this function will be available to them.

There is no requirement under the Licensing Act for licensed premises to have capacity limits other than where a condition attaches to the licence specifying one. The Government do not intend to publish figures on the aggregate capacity that may apply to licensed premises in a licensing authority area.

National Lottery

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether broadcasting regulation takes account of the special status of the National Lottery.[HL4077]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government recognise that special regard should be given to the unique status of the National Lottery and its contribution to good causes. Although this is a matter for the broadcasting regulators, we would envisage that it should be permissible for lottery programmes to inform the public about the National Lottery, National Lottery draws and the benefits to the public from the lottery. Ofcom will be consulting on the development of its codes and we should expect it to give the National Lottery Commission and other interested parties an opportunity to comment.

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Agricultural Commodities: EU Exports to Moldova

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What agricultural commodities have been exported by the European Union to the Republic of Moldova in each of the last three years with the benefit of subsidy under the common agricultural policy; and what was the quantity of each such product and the net price in Moldova.[HL3862]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Expenditure on export subsidies and the associated volumes of exports are notified by the EU to the World Trade Organisation. However, the information is not available by destination country and thus subsidised exports to the Republic of Moldova are not separately identified. The total value of EU exports of agricultural products to Moldova was 51 million euros in 1999, 59 million euros in 2000 and 60 million euros in 2001. Information on the price in Moldova is not readily available.

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