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What steps they intend to take to implement the outstanding measures in the Erika 3 package of maritime safety measures; and what actions are they taking to further implementation of that package throughout the European Union. [HL2851]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Government support five of the Third Maritime Safety Package (Erika 3) measures: vessel traffic monitoring, accident investigation, port state control, carrier liability and classification societies. The negotiations on these five proposals are well advanced and the Government are urging the European Commission, other member states and the European Parliament to conclude them as soon as possible.
The Government have yet to be convinced of the need for the remaining two proposals on flag state requirements and the civil liability of shipowners. A policy debate on these two proposals will take place at next weeks transport council.
Once final agreement on all the measures in the Third Maritime Safety Package has been reached, the European Commission will be responsible for ensuring that member states and relevant organisations fulfil their legal requirements. The European Maritime Safety Agency will assist the Commission in undertaking this task. The implementation of the measures in the UK will be undertaken through the usual parliamentary procedures.
Whether the decision by certain mental hospitals to prevent sectioned patients from smoking, whether indoors or outdoors in the hospital grounds, is compatible with (a) the Human Rights Act 1998; and (b) the statement by Lord Bach on 1 March (Official Report, col. 1535) that it remains legal for adults to smoke if they choose to do so. [HL2670]
Baroness Thornton: The High Court is considering the issue. It is the opinion of Health Ministers that smokefree legislation is compatible with the Human Rights Act 1998. The Statement of Lord Bach on 1 March does not relate to smoking in hospitals.
Baroness Thornton: Details of the specific smoking policies in place at these hospitals are not available centrally as they are the responsibility of the relevant National Health Service trusts. The noble Lord is welcome to contact the relevant trust for details.
What representations they have made about infant and child rape in South Africa, purportedly exacerbated by myths of a virgin cure for HIV/AIDS; and what assistance they have offered
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Baroness Crawley: The UK Government are deeply concerned about the issues surrounding sexual violence and AIDS in southern Africa and have raised these concerns in dialogue with officials and Ministers. Studies show that of the 54,000 rapes in South Africa every year 40 per cent occur among children under 18, approximately half of these among children under 13. There are no reliable statistics for infant rape, and there is no evidence that rape is exacerbated by myths of a virgin cure for AIDS.
The UK Government have supported the South African Government through funding research and community-based action to address child rape and HIV. This has increased understanding of the issues and the responses and policies government should take to tackle the problem.
The latest information on special educational needs can be found in the Statistical First Release Special Educational Needs in England, January 2007, which can be found at www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000732/index.shtml.
|Maintained Primary Schools1 in Manchester Local Authority: Number of pupils with Special Educational Needs, based on where the pupil attends school|
|Position in January each year|
|Total Pupils||Pupils with statements||%||SEN pupilsschool action plus||%||SEN pupilsschool action||%||Total SEN pupils without statements||%||Total SEN||%|
|Maintained Secondary Schools1 in Manchester Local Authority: Number of pupils with Special Educational Needs, based on where the pupil attends school|
|Position in January each year|
|Total Pupils||Pupils with statements||%||SEN pupilsaction plus||%||SEN pupilsschool action||%||Total SEN pupils without statements||%||Total SEN||%|
|Maintained Mainstream Schools In Manchester Local Authority: Pupils for whom Statements were newly made|
|Position in January each year||Number of children for whom statements were newly made||Placement in Maintained Mainstream Schools 1|
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