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During the same period, we are aware of the deaths of 12 UK nationals in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. These figures only include those cases where consular assistance has been sought. The figures do not include UK dual nationals. For reasons of confidentiality, we are unable to release specific details.
Whether they will work with the Government of Kosovo, the NATO Kosovo Force, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the relevant European Union institutions and officials to ensure the safety of all Kosovans, both north and south of the Ibar river. [HL2177]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The UK is committed to working with Kosovo's Government, the North
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The UK contributes around 175 troops to KFOR, a ready battalion to NATO's pan-Balkans reserve force and a two-star general, working to reform the Kosovo Protection Corps. In addition, around 60 UK police officers are working with the UN Mission in Kosovo. The UK intends to contribute a similar number to the EU's police and Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo.
Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 26 February (WA 113), when they last reviewed the powers of the Local Government Ombudsman in cases where a local authority has repeatedly not given effect to the ombudsman's findings; and whether they will establish a further such review. [HL2210]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): While the Government keep the powers of the Local Government Ombudsman under careful review with the ombudsmen, there are no current plans for a specific review of this matter. The vast majority of local authorities and other bodies which fall within the ombudsman's jurisdiction abide by the ombudsman's recommendations. In 2007-08 to date, only two local authorities have been required to publish a statement of the kind referred to in my Answer of 26 February. No statements were published in 2006-07 and only one was published in 2005-06.
How many incidents of nuisance and disturbance to NHS staff other than physical assaults were reported in the last three years; and what proportion of these took place on (a) hospital premises, and (b) other NHS premises. [HL2236]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): In April 2003 the National Health Service Security Management Service (SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for tackling violence against NHS staff. Since 2004-05 the NHS SMS has collected data on the
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With which Northern Ireland Members of the Legislative Assembly, Members of Parliament and Peers the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum has had meetings since his appointment. [HL2186]
Whether an equality impact assessment was prepared for the Northern Ireland Equality Commission's most recent allocation of funding; if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House; and if not, why not. [HL2190]
How many cases have been referred to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland each year since its creation; how many have been supported by the commission; and of those how many have been successful in court. [HL2219]
Lord Bach: The UK is committed to working towards a world free from nuclear weapons and to zero tolerance of proliferation. We will use the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 2008 Preparatory Committee to take forward work to strengthen the treaty. The UK will promote consensus around key measures encompassing the treaty's three pillars: zero tolerance of proliferation; safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology; and a reinvigorated commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons.
The UK has now met the commitment outlined in the 2006 White Paper on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent to reduce the number of operationally available warheads to fewer than 160. The explosive power of our nuclear arsenal has been reduced by 75 per cent since the end of the Cold War.
EU common format passports can be issued to either British citizens or to British subjects who have a connection to Ireland, as both are eligible to receive the benefits that are afforded to EU citizens (eg free movement within the EU).
Following the remarks of Mr Justice Mitting in Regina (BuglifeThe Invertebrate Conservation Trust) v Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation that the biodiversity duty in Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 was weak and that the statutory duty of a development corporation to regenerate an area must prevail over it and all other considerations, including planning policy statement 9, whether they will strengthen planning policy statement 9.[HL2211]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): We have no plans to amend planning policy statement 9 at this time. Planning policy statements set out the Government's national policies on different aspects of planning. Planning authorities must have regard to these policies when preparing plans and they are material considerations which must be taken into account, where relevant, in decisions on planning applications.
How many life prisoners had their licences revoked and were recalled to prison under (a) Section 32(1) and (b) Section 32(2) of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 in each of the years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. [HL2230]
|Number of life prisoners recalled|
|Year||Section 32(1)||Section 32(2)|
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