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Lord Davies of Oldham: There were 14 serious injuries noted in the search and rescue records between 2000 and 2005; of these, four resulted in deaths. There are no details of slight injuries available.
Whether they believe that it is an offence under the Public Order Act 1986 to display quotations from the New Testament on the grounds that the display of such material is (a) threatening; (b) abusive; or (c) insulting. [HL3055]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): It is for the courts to decide, in any case which is brought before them by the proper authorities, whether an offence has been committed. Cases have to be dealt with in context but we consider it unlikely that such conduct will be an offence.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20 December (WA 284), what is the constitutional justification for maintaining a 14-day deadline for the answer of Written Questions in the House of Lords. [HL3302]
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): There is no constitutional justification for the setting of deadlines for Written Questions. The House agrees deadlines for Written Answers itself, and endorsed the 14-day deadline on 8 February 1995.
Whether they have reviewed the May 2002 memorandum of understanding between the Royal Household and the Government concerning the grant-in-aid for royal travel, as referred to in paragraph 15 of that document; whether the revised memorandum has been agreed; and whether they will place a copy of the memorandum in the Library of the House. [HL3376]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The May 2002 financial memorandum which relates to detailed provisions and
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conditions governing the grant-in-aid will be reviewed during the current year. A copy of the revised memorandum will be placed in the Library of the House.
There are no plans to review the memorandum of understanding dated 25 March 1997 which established the main responsibilities of the Royal Household and of the Department of Transport in relation to grant-in-aid.
Lord Davies of Oldham: There are 2,991 non-British nationals or foreign institutions or corporations recorded as beneficially owning British-flagged vessels. However, the true figure is probably higher as in the past it has been difficult to accurately record these details on the register.
|Commercial Vessels Part I (Titled Register)||3,009|
|Commercial Vessels Part IV (Bareboat Charter Vessels)||61|
|Fishing Vessels Part II (Fishing Vessels)||6,315|
|Fishing Vessels Part IV (Bareboat Charter Vessels)||3|
|Yachts on Part I (Titled Register)||20,213|
|Yachts on Part 3 (Small Ships Register)||31,988|
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