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Written Answers

Tuesday 6 May 2008

Agriculture: Bluetongue

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Yes. The EU Commission Regulation 1266/2007 on bluetongue allows the movement of ruminant animals, including camelids, out of a protection or surveillance zone under certain conditions. This applies across the EU (including from UK zones to free areas in the UK and other member states).

Agriculture: Cross-compliance Rules

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): No. Council Regulation 146/2008 makes it clear that liability with regard to fulfilling cross-compliance requirements rests with the farmer who submitted the aid application. Ensuring maintenance of land for the rest of the calendar year following a land transfer should be dealt with by private law arrangements between the parties concerned, as envisaged in the Council regulation.

Airports: Heathrow

Baroness Stern asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Pillows and disposable blankets are currently available for all detainees in immigration holding rooms.



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We are currently looking at the feasibility of installing showers into the holding room at Terminal 5 and into the facility which will replace the removals room in Queen's Building at Heathrow.

There are currently no plans to provide beds in any of the holding rooms, but we are investigating the provision of reclining seats in the replacement facility for Queen's Building.

Baroness Stern asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord West of Spithead: Each of the key policies in the escorting contractor's Operational Policy Standard and Procedures No 2, entitled “Holding Room Care”, is implemented to a satisfactory standard.

The UK Border Agency acknowledges that detainee welfare is of prime importance and works closely with the contractor to ensure continuous improvement in this area.

Alcohol

Lord Monson asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government take seriously the problems associated with alcohol misuse. The Government published their alcohol strategy, Safe. Sensible. Social in June 2007. This commits all departments to work together to address what is a society-wide problem.

The increases in alcohol duty announced in the Budget will raise revenue to ensure we can continue to tackle child poverty and help pensioners.

Armed Forces: Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The UK's contribution to date has been €103,000 in 2005, €140,000 in 2006 and €142,000 in 2007. Further financial commitments are €150,000 in 2008 and €46,000 in 2009. The money is paid by MoD to the NATO

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Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) under an MOU technical arrangement between NC3A and the participating nations.

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: The UK contributes 11 per cent of the programme costs.

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: The interoperability benefits delivered by the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition (MAJIIC) project to the seven EU participants will also be available between participants regardless of the coalition configuration.

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: We currently expect that ASTOR output will become available to NATO allies through Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition (MAJIIC) capabilities. Dstl has played an important advisory role in the ASTOR and MAJIIC programmes.

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: The UK DABINETT programme, which aims to improve the quality and timeliness of the intelligence delivered to commanders, will encompass the interfaces required for interoperability with coalition partners in order to share data. The Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition (MAJIIC) project work on technical interfaces, harmonisation of international standards and the

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development of NATO standardisation agreements (STANAGS) will inform the DABINETT programme.

Carers

Baroness Thomas of Winchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Direct payments recipients can ask their local authority to carry out a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) check on a potential carer if they wish to do so.

We encourage people to have checks carried out; however, we do not intend to make this a compulsory requirement. To do so may not be appropriate in all cases—for example, where a person wishes to employ a family member or a personal friend as their carer.

Checks should not be necessary when carers are employed via a registered domiciliary care agency, as CRB and POVA checks on their staff will have already been undertaken.

Climate Change

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The UK contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) trust fund from 1988 to 2007 is shown in Swiss francs in the tables below.

1988-891990-911992-931994-951996-971998-99

90,579

566,850

551,140

248,848

370,965

552,078

2000-012002-032004200520062007

708,750

456,830

250,000

250,203

250,000

250,000

In addition to our voluntary contribution to the trust fund, the UK committed to support the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the Working Group II (WGII), which is co-chaired by Professor Parry and the TSU for the Synthesis report (SYR) for the production of the fourth assessment report. Details of such contribution in Swiss francs are as follows:



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2003-042005200620072008Total (over 6 years)

TSU WGII + co-chair

1,158,915

790,720

1,148,851

1,253,734

322,185

4,674,405

TSU SYR

242,020

169,656

105,037

516,713

Total

1,158,915

790,720

1,390,871

1,423,390

427,222

5,191,118

Previously Defra (formerly known as DETR) funded the TSU for Working Group I, which Sir John Houghton co-chaired for 14 years. We do not currently hold details of the contribution.

(b) At the beginning of 2007 the IPCC Panel started with an adjusted balance of 10,790,573. Total income was 6,639,354. Total expenditure 7,802,741. The carryover remained approximately the same over the years.

The IPCC budget includes the flow of voluntary contributions from different countries, meetings arranged for governing bodies, lead authors, scoping meetings, expert meetings and workshops, translation, publications, software, running of the secretariat and outreach events. The budget, and therefore the figures above, do not include the running costs for the three working groups nor for the task force on the inventories, supported independently, by individual countries.

Details of the budget for the whole fourth assessment report cycle should be obtained at the next IPCC Plenary (1-3 September 2008). We are not able to trace back the income and expenditure of the IPCC since 1988. This needs to be queried to the IPCC secretariat.

I am unable to provide a full Answer as some of the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

N.B. All currency is in Swiss Francs—currency rate as per 4 April: 1£=2.01683 CH.


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