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Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Jonathan Shaw, on 19 March (Official Report, Commons, 1123W), whether the movement of animals susceptible to bluetongue from a restricted zone in one European Union country to a free zone in another is matched by an ability to move such animals under similar veterinary oversight from a restricted zone in the United Kingdom to a free area in the United Kingdom. [HL3353]
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).
Whether they intend to introduce legislation to assist farmers in ensuring that new occupants of land disposed of after 15 May in any year maintain it for the rest of that year, in line with cross-compliance rules. [HL3349]
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.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 April (WA 145), whether their policy of imposing excise duty on strong cider (7 per cent alcohol by volume) at less than 29 per cent of the rate imposed on beer of a similar strength is consistent with their desire to curb alcohol abuse. [HL3199]
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.
How much they have contributed to the cost of the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition in each financial year since the project began in 2005; what their further financial commitments are; and how this money is provided. [HL3256]
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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What steps they are taking to ensure that the output of the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition is embodied in the resources available under the Berlin Plus arrangement for military operations conducted by the European Union. [HL3258]
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.
What is the link between United Kingdom assets, such as the ASTOR aircraft and the work of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, and the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition. [HL3259]
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.
What steps they have taken to ensure that the equipment of the United Kingdom Armed Forces is fully compatible with the findings and recommendations of the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition; and what further steps they will take in this regard. [HL3260]
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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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 casesfor example, where a person wishes to employ a family member or a personal friend as their carer.
For each year from 1988 to 2007 inclusive, (a) how much was paid by the United Kingdom to or for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or any technical panel or other division thereof; and (b) what was the total income and expenditure of the IPCC and any technical panel or other division thereof. [HL3112]
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.
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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(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.
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