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Written Answers

Monday 12 November 2007

British Citizenship

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): Our Embassy in Kathmandu has had no communication with the Government of Nepal since 1 September pertaining to clarification on points of Nepalese nationality law.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our Consulate-General in Hong Kong has had no communication with the Consulate-General of Nepal in Hong Kong since 1 September pertaining to clarification on points of Nepalese nationality law.

Embryology

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Lord Triesman): The award to the University of Newcastle entitled “Improving the efficiency of human Somatic

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Cell Nuclear Transfer” (SCNT) will examine technological improvements with the major aim of improving the efficiency of SCNT. This is an essential prerequisite for realising the potential benefits of this approach. For example, SCNT is considered to hold great promise for the development of patient-specific stem cell therapies, which may overcome the problems of immune rejection that would otherwise prove a barrier to the use of transplanted stem cells. The work is thus desirable for one or more clinically related purposes.

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Triesman: The Medical Research Council (MRC) has not made an assessment of the work described in these recently published papers. Careful and validated research is still needed in this area, which the recent MRC awards to the University of Newcastle aim to address. These issues are a matter for the Medical Research Council and I have asked the MRC's chief executive to write to the noble Lord concerning his request.

House of Lords: Paper Usage

Lord Laird asked the Chairman of Committees:

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The House of Lords has pursued technological solutions to reduce paper and benefit from the speed, cost-efficiency and ease of electronic media. All House of Lords papers published by The Stationery Office are available in electronic form on the day of publication. Initiatives such as the distribution of notices by electronic mail, digital audio recording in the Chamber and in Committee Rooms, and a preference where possible for electronic distribution of documents, combine to present substantial savings and efficiency. Members and staff can also access committee information through the internet.

The House purchases paper selected on the basis of value for money and reliability of service. Paper supplied to photocopiers and printers is 100 per cent recyclable. All waste paper from the parliamentary estate can be recycled by means of the recycling bins provided in every office.


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