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Future Aircraft Carrier

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

HMS "Invincible" and HMS "Illustrious": Annual Operational Costs

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Bach: For 2005-06, the estimated annual operation costs of HMS "Invincible" are £61.9 million and HMS "Illustrious" are £87.2 million.

These figures include the costs of contractor support periods.

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.

Firelink Radio Procurement

Baroness Hanham asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Baroness Hanham asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Asylum: Appeals

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Intestacy

Lord Shutt of Greetland asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Schools: Instances of Violence

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Filkin): In the five years 1999–00 to 2003–04, the HSE received reports of 17 injuries to staff from violence involving knives in schools in England and Wales: seven in 1999–00, 10 in 2000–01, and none in each of the remaining three years. The HSE tells employers not to report incidents of violence affecting non-employees, including pupils.

School Transport Bill

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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Victims of War or Civil Disaster: Silences

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I refer the noble Lord to the Answers I gave on 7 and 12 July and to my letter to him of 13 August.

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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