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Baroness Amos: Translink has advised that the signalling system used by Northern Ireland Railways complies with the railways current network standards with the exception of Castlerock situated between Coleraine and Londonderry. However, Translink considers that the systems at this location, while not up to the precise standard of the rest of the network, are entirely safe.
|State of Railway Infrastructure||TMG||1996|
|Funding Comparisons of Bus and Rail Services in N Ireland||Steer Davies Gleave||1998|
|Introduction of Automatic Warning Systems and Train Protection Warning Systems||QSS||1999|
|Station Condition Report||W H Stephens||1999|
|Accommodation Crossings||Brown & Root||2000|
|Strategic Safety Review of NIR||A D Little||2000|
|Implementing Risk Management||Deloitte & Touche||2000|
|Report on Implications for Infrastructure of Introducing 23 Metre Rolling Stock||Ferguson McIlveen/Scott Wilson||2001|
|Strategic Safety Review of NIR (Update)||A D Little||2002|
|Condition Inspection & Appraisal of Railway Embankments & Cuttings||WS Atkins Ltd||2002|
|Condition Assessment of Accommodation Overbridges||Doran Consulting||2002|
|Rock Slope Inspections Report||Ferguson McIlveen||200203|
|Review of N Ireland Railway Slope Management||Donaldson Associates Ltd||2003|
|Bangor Line Stations Condition||W H Stephens||2003|
Baroness Amos: The Department of the Environment (DOE) for Northern Ireland has commissioned a study of changes needed to the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985. The study, which is being carried out to complement aspects of the Northern Ireland biodiversity strategy and local species action plans, is required to identify potential changes in the legal status of certain species.
A draft report was received on 30 June with the final document expected shortly. It is intended to discuss the content of this report with interested parties, including the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, prior to subjecting recommendations to full consultation.
Baroness Amos: When the Government receive the report we shall publish it to Parliament and ministerial statements will be made by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor. The Government will also ensure that both Houses have an opportunity for a debate on the report once members have considered its content.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The British Government do not hold detailed information on non-British detainees at Guantanamo Bay. We understand, however, that 31 suicide attempts have been made at Guantanamo Bay, none of which has involved British detainees.
We believe that the detainees should be treated humanely. We have raised the question of exercise with the US Government on a number of occasions. One of the main objectives of visits by British officials to Guantanamo Bay is to check on the British
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The UK supported United Nations Security Council Resolution 1509, which gave a robust and comprehensive mandate to the UN force now deploying in Liberia. This mandate includes the creation of a disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration, and repatriation programme for all armed parties with particular attention to the special needs of child combatants and women.
What assistance they have given to the United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged in breach of the domestic laws of Zimbabwe to enable them to seek legal remedies, whether in the courts of Zimbabwe or internationally.[HL4664]
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The British High Commission in Harare offers guidance and assistance to all British nationals in Zimbabwe who request it. It is in regular contact with the resident British community on a range of issues, including personal safety. It runs a network of 92 wardens around the country, enabling it to maintain good communications with the resident British community. The High Commission assists any British national who believes that their safety is threatened. It also makes representations to the Zimbabwean authorities on behalf of British nationals, when requested to do so. In cases where it has been informed of a threat to a British farmer's physical safety, the High Commission has made representations to the local police, and the police have assisted.
The British High Commission in Harare has a list of lawyers which it will share with any British national seeking legal assistance. This is normal practice for diplomatic missions around the world. No British farmer has asked for this list.
(a) longer than three months without being given bail; (b) longer than six months without being given bail; (c) longer than three months without being charged; (d) longer than six months without being charged; how many were subsequently released having been in jail longer than three months without standing trial; and how many were subsequently released having been in jail longer than six months without standing trial.[HL4677]