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What are their contingency arrangements to provide the new aircraft carriers with an airborne capability if they are brought into operation before the Joint Strike Fighters are fully available. [HL716]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): We are working to ensure that the Future Carrier (CVF) and the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) programmes remain coherent. The CVF's aircraft will be introduced progressively to reduce integration risk, starting with trials on the new carrier, followed by integration of helicopters, and finally integration of the fast jet JCA. We do not currently plan to operate Harrier GR9 from CVF. However, we have ensured that the CVF design is capable of operating a wide variety of aircraft, including potentially GR9.
The significant variation between these two figures reflects the differing levels of depreciation on refit expenditure and that HMS "Invincible" will move into a lower state of readiness during 2005-06.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The delivery of the regional control centres in England depends upon the availability of Firelink. The Firelink and FireControl projects are therefore working to ensure their delivery schedules are properly co-ordinated to ensure an integrated delivery.
Lord Rooker: To increase resilience and provide interoperability following the events of 11 September they were halting the previous regionally based procurement arrangements, and instead would manage, support and fully fund the procurement of a new national radio system for Fire and Rescue Authorities. The Firelink Project is aiming to award the contract in May 2005.
What representations they have received, including representations from Sir Andrew Collins, about (a) the legality of the five-day time limit for making asylum appeals to the High Court; and (b) the grant of legal aid only retrospectively; and what is their response. [HL625]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): We have received 24 representations in response to the consultation paper Legal Aid Arrangements for Onward Appeals including one from Mr Justice Collins. The Government will publish their response paper in due course.The five day time limit for applying to the High Court for a review
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of the tribunal decision is in Section 103A of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 as amended by Section 26(6) of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004. We have received no representations on the legality of the five-day time limit.
Further to the answer by the Lord Filkin on 8 September 2004 (Official Report, col. 559), whether the promised consultation on intestacy took place last autumn; and, if so, who was consulted and with what result; and [HL758]
Further to the answer by the Lord Filkin on 8 September 2004 (Official Report, col. 559) that the priority with regard to intestacy is "to look at the current statutory levels and see if, as I think is self-evident, they require adjustment upwards", whether it is now time to introduce an order to raise these levels. [HL759]
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The consultation paper on the levels of the statutory legacy in intestacy cases was not published in autumn as originally intended. The consultation paper is now in the final stages of drafting and should be published before the end of March. Any adjustment to the levels of the statutory legacy will take place after consideration of responses to the consultation paper.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Filkin): In the five years 199900 to 200304, the HSE received reports of 17 injuries to staff from violence involving knives in schools in England and Wales: seven in 199900, 10 in 200001, and none in each of the remaining three years. The HSE tells employers not to report incidents of violence affecting non-employees, including pupils.
Lord Filkin: We have not as yet asked local authorities for a formal expression of interest in undertaking a pilot scheme. If the School Transport Bill is enacted, we will then seek formal expressions of interest from local education authorities.
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Whether the decision to hold one, two or three minutes' silence to commemorate victims of war or civil disaster is based on the number of victims; and, if so, what criteria influence the choice. [HL621]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): The decision to hold a one, two or three minutes' silence is not based on the number of victims.
In the case of recent silences a recommendation was received from the European Union Presidency asking EU member states to observe a silence at a specific time, date and for a specific period. To show solidarity with our EU partners the recommendation was endorsed by the Government.
The conditions that apply to the payment of compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme are detailed in the scheme's rules. The scheme's rules are written by the Financial Services Authority and form part of the authority's handbook, which can be found on the FSA website (www.fsa.gov.uk). The following link goes straight to the scheme's rules: http://www.fsa.qov.uk/vhb/html/comp/comptoc.html. The relevant rules in respect of insurance for claimants in Northern Ireland in respect of, incidents that occur outside the Province are 5.4.2, 5.4.3 and 5.4.4.
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