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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): Officials have held a number of initial informal discussions with the ex-service organisations including the Royal British Legion to obtain their first thoughts.
All submissions will be considered in order to decide what options may be developed. We will continue to work with the Central Advisory Committee in taking the review forward. Any proposals will be subject to full consultation in due course.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The first meeting of the group of government experts took place at the UN headquarters in New York from 11 to 15 February 2008. The 28 experts examined the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding instrument to stop the irresponsible import, export and transfer of all conventional arms. The meeting was constructive, with full engagement by all the experts. The experts agreed a framework for more detailed discussion at forthcoming meetings scheduled for 12 to 16 May and 28 July to 8 August, also in New York.
The UK's position on the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was set out in full in the paper submitted to the UN in March 2007. It is available on the UN website at: http://disarmament.un.org/cab/att/ Views_ Member States.html. UK experts at the 11 to 15 February meeting based their interventions on the principles in the paper. We believe that an ATT should uphold international humanitarian and human rights law and support sustainable development; and that its overall effect should be to help maintain international peace and security, including by reducing conflict.
At what date the infrastructure managers of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Section 1 became liable to publish a network statement under Clause 12 of the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management)
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The current network statement, aspects of which continue to be the subject of discussion with the industry, is available on HS1's website (www.highspeed1. comclick downloads then click CTRL network statement). The network statement can also be obtained from Network Rail (CTRL) Ltd.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Jones of Birmingham): We are in the very early stages of the development of a carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) industry, so it is difficult to predict how the relevant infrastructure will develop, whether specific regulation will be required and how it would be financed. These are all issues that we will be looking at as part of our ongoing policy work to consider how to achieve widespread deployment of CCS technology.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Baroness Vadera): The legislation relating to debt collection agencies has been reformed as part of a wider review of consumer credit law. The Consumer Credit Act 2006 strengthens the regulatory options available to the Office of Fair Trading, which is responsible for the
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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The conferral of legal personality on the EU by the Lisbon treaty will in no way diminish the freedom to criticise the EU. British citizens speaking against the EU cannot therefore be charged with xenophobia.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 January (WA 196), whether they will review their policy of allowing low value consignment relief for the import from the Crown Dependencies of food supplements and herbal remedies which, if placed directly on the United Kingdom market, would be illegal by virtue either of their composition or of the claims made about them. [HL1690]
Lord Davies of Oldham: As there is no prohibition on the importation of food supplements for personal use within the EC food supplement directive, with the exception within the UK of Kava-Kava containing foodstuffs, UK Customs must apply the VAT exemption rules.
There are no immediate plans to make any legal or procedural changes to the relief, but the Government take very seriously the impacts of international trading patterns on UK-based businesses and appreciate the wide range of factors that contribute to the pressures facing retailers. Therefore the matter will remain under review.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): I am not aware of any prosecution proceedings brought against a head of state in relation to inciting violence in London. The
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Whether they will consult Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf and the Temporary International Protection Facility and the Iraqi and United States authorities about the resettlement of the persons in those camps elsewhere in Iraq or abroad. [HL1897]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Iraqi and US authorities are responsible for Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Officials in our embassies in Baghdad and Washington continue regularly to discuss the future of Camp Ashraf with their Iraqi and US counterparts. UK officials have no contact with members of the Mujaheddin e Khalq (also known as the People's Mujaheddin of Iran) resident in Camp Ashraf as the organisation is currently proscribed under the Terrorism Act.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Irish citizens born before 1949 may opt for British subject status under the British Nationality Act 1948 which entitles them to acquire a British subjects passport.
Such British subjects who have resided within the United Kingdom for the qualifying period may then choose to register as British citizens under Section 4 of the British Nationality Act 1981 and apply for a full British citizen's passport.
Irish citizens who do not have British subject status may acquire British citizenship only by naturalising as a British citizen under Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981. They may then apply for a British citizen's passport.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: In 2004, the Government declined Central Railways' request for them to support the passage of a hybrid Bill through Parliament to establish a rail link between the south-east and the north-west of England, predominantly for use by freight traffic.
In the event that new proposals were submitted to combine the Central Rail route with any other existing railways, or for other variations to the original scheme, the Department for Transport would consider them in full.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Question asking how many people under the age of 25 committed suicide in each of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2007. I am replying in her absence. (HL2029)
Figures are provided separately for those aged under 15 and those aged 15-24, because of different definitions of suicide used by ONS for these age groups. Figures for the latter age group also include deaths which are classified by ONS as being due to injury/poisoning of undetermined intent. Details of the definitions used are included in the footnote to the table. There were no deaths in children aged under 13 with a suicide verdict for the years requested.
Before the Suicide Act of 1961 it was not possible for a coroner to return an open verdict and so deaths could not be coded to injury/poisoning of undetermined intent. The figures for 1960 are therefore only for deaths with a verdict of suicide and are not comparable with data for later years.
|Number of deaths from suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent, for ages under 25, England and Wales, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 20061|
|Suicide2||Suicide2 and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent3|
2 The cause of death for suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Seventh Revision (ICD-7) codes E970-E979 for 1960, Eight Revision (ICD-8) codes E950-E959 for 1970, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 for the years 1980, 1990 and 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 for 2006.
3 In England and Wales it has been customary to assume that most injuries and poisonings of undetermined intent, in those aged 15 and over, are cases where the harm was self-inflicted but there was insufficient evidence to prove that the deceased deliberately intended to kill themselves. ONS therefore includes in its suicide statistics both those deaths from intentional self-harm, and those from injury/poisoning of undetermined intent. The cause of death for injury/poisoning of undetermined intent was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Eight Revision (ICD-8) codes E980-E989 for 1970, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1980, 1990 and 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes Y10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending for 2006.
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