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The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): A note summarising the likely application to Scotland of Bills announced on 17 May has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, as referred to in the Written Ministerial Statement made by my noble friend Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, on 19 May (WS 6).
What information they have about the arrest of Sudanese human rights activists, Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Mr Yasir Saleem and Mr Abdallah Taha in Khartoum on Sunday 8 May; and what representations they will make to the government of Sudan on their behalf. [HL54]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a prominent Sudanese human rights activist, was detained in Khartoum on 8 May along with two colleagues, Mr Yasir Saleem and Mr Abdallah Taha. Mr Abdallah was released without charge on 11 May. Dr Mudawi and Mr Yasir were subsequently charged under articles 53 (Espionage against the Country) and 57 (Entering and Photographing Military Areas and Works). Mr Yasir was released unharmed on 12 May. Dr Mudawi was released unharmed on 17 May.
Our embassy in Khartoum raised this case with the acting Foreign Minister on 10 May and on 14 May. We also supported representations made by the local EU Presidency on this matter. I will continue to pay close attention to this case.
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The Government have no plans to amend the law, which currently provides for 28 days to pass after the death of a candidate before the proceedings for the election can be commenced afresh.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): This is the third and final year of the recombinant roll-out programme. All haemophilia patients in England are eligible for treatment with recombinant products in this financial year. Data on the roll-out are collected by the United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation. However, figures are not yet available on the first quarter of this financial year.
What is their latest information on the number of patients with haemophilia whose National Health Service treatment could have involved the use of blood from donors now known to have had variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. [HL30]
Lord Warner: The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation is currently collecting information on the number of haemophilia patients considered to be at risk. When this exercise has been completed we will be in a position to provide an estimate on the number of haemophilia patients who have been exposed to plasma products which may be implicated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Warner on 14 March (WA 120121) concerning the statement by Doctor Shigeru Omi of the World Health Organisation in February about bird influenza, how many of the purchased 14.6 million courses of antiviral drugs announced by the Department of Health on 1 March are now available for use. [HL32]
Lord Warner: The United Kingdom Government have ordered 14.6 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs and have been in discussion with the manufacturers to ensure that they are delivered as quickly as possible. We already have 100,000 courses of antiviral drugs and there are supplies in the National Health Service. Delivery of the stockpile will commence later this year and will be completed after an 18-month period.
Lord Warner: The way forward for the independent fund, which pays for new schemes to address alcohol misuse as set out in the voluntary social responsibility scheme for drinks producers, is currently being finalised by the Department of Health and the Home Office. There are no further details at this stage.
Lord Davies of Oldham: A rigorous examination of the Crossrail business case was carried out as part of the Montague review, the results of which were published in July 2004. It was on the basis of the result of that review that Ministers announced their decision to take forward Crossrail by means of a hybrid bill.
Further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 September 2004 (WA 185) and 6 October 2003 (WA 6) and Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 20 June 2002 (WA 105), when they will issue the necessary orders for the camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London. [HL20]
Lord Davies of Oldham: Our current plan is that the regulations and order, which will be made jointly by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Lord Chancellor, will come into force this summer.
Lord Davies of Oldham: I refer my noble friend to the document entitled Draft Operational Programme of the Council for 2005 Submitted by the Incoming
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Luxembourg and UK Presidencies, issued as document 15503/04 on 2 December 2004 by the Council Secretariat. The specific Transport Council agenda for the UK Presidency will become clearer at the end of the current Presidency.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Department for Transport conducts surveys of average traffic speeds on trunk roads and on roads in large urban areas. The results from these surveys are published in terms of average traffic speeds rather than average journey times.
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