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Written Answers

Monday 19 May 2008

Advertising: Television

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: DCMS Ministers have held no discussions with consumer groups on this issue.

The Communications Act 2003 gives Ofcom the statutory responsibility for the regulation of broadcast advertising. Under this system, all commercial broadcasters are subject to strict statutory standards codes which contain specific rules to prevent harm to children.

In addition, the Government recently announced as part of their Children's Plan that they will commission a new independent assessment of evidence relating to the impact on children of their changing commercial environment. Furthermore, the Government recently accepted all the recommendations from the Byron review, including the need to oversee work by the advertising industry on future-proofing regulation for digital media and ensuring that video games are advertised appropriately to children.

Africa: Railways

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Crawley: The UK Government recognise the important contribution that railways make in promoting trade and connecting countries and communities.

Railway construction requires the combined efforts of different development partners, particularly the

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multilateral development banks and the private sector. DfID grant funds are best used to promote the preparation of these projects and facilitate investment by others.

DfID is the largest donor to the Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility which is hosted by the African Development Bank to prepare regional infrastructure projects. DfID also supports a number of multi-donor initiatives that aim to facilitate private sector investment in infrastructure such as the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility to which the UK is the largest donor.

The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) was launched after the 2005 G8 Gleneagles summit to promote increased infrastructure investment in Africa. The UK continues to lead in supporting the work of the ICA.

Africa: Wind-up Radios

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Crawley: The Department for International Development (DfID) does not directly support the provision of wind-up radios in Africa, nor is it likely that we will do so in the near future. Our support to radio in Africa continues to be in supporting national, regional and community radio stations to deliver quality programmes that are relevant to poor people's lives. We have also supported projects which aim to promote supportive regulatory environments for radio in Africa.

Armed Forces: Casualties

Lord Burnett asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The number of service personnel categorised as very seriously injured or seriously injured whilst deployed on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans between 2001 and 2007 is shown in the following table:




















The Balkans


















This information can be found on the Ministry of Defence's website at: DiplomacyPublications/OperationsinTheBalkans/TheBalkanCasualtyTable.htm. DiplomacyPublications/OperationsInIraq/OpTelic CasualtyAndFatalityTables.htm.

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Records for other operational theatres and those for years prior to 2001 are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.


The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Pollination contributes to propagation of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems and it is recognised as a key ecosystem service that is threatened globally. Although there are other pollinators, many flowers have evolved completely dependent on pollination by bees. There are also complex interactions between managed honey bees and wild pollinators; there have been concerns about removing managed bees from nature reserves because of their impact on wild pollinators. A European Union 6th Framework Project, “Alarm”, which includes several UK participants, has been running since 2004 and is due to complete in 2009. It focuses on ecosystem services and the relationship between society, economy and biodiversity; it will include an assessment of risks associated with loss of pollinators.

Canada: Seal Hunting

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): My honourable friend the Minister for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, wrote to the Canadian High Commissioner on 22 April this year agreeing to a meeting once the EU-commissioned report on the impact of any regulatory or other EU-wide measures in response to seal hunting has been published.

The Canadian Government are fully aware of the Government's opposition to the seal hunt.

Care Services: South Shields

Lord Campbell-Savours asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): We have been informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that it only has information from 1 April 2002, when its predecessor, the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) took on the responsibility of regulating social care provision. Inspections of the service, which is now called St Michael's View, prior to 1 April 2002 were the responsibility of South Tyneside local authority.

Since 1 April 2002, the NCSC and CSCI have inspected the service on:

23 July 2002;

13 February 2003;

19 August 2003;

26 February 2004;

28 July 2004;

20 January 2005;

19 May 2005;

15 September 2005;

16 June 2006; and

31 July 2007.

Common Agricultural Policy

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The European Commission's legislative proposals for the CAP health check reforms are due to be published on 20 May. They have indicated that this will not be a radical reform, but an adjustment to improve existing CAP mechanisms. We do not expect this to include a significant shift in relation to land management.

Computer Systems: DfID

Lord Harris of Haringey asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Crawley: It is not in the interests of the UK's national security for departments to confirm whether they hold information about attacks against their IT systems. This would enable individuals to deduce how successful the UK is in detecting these attacks and so assist such persons in testing the effectiveness of the UK's IT defences. This is not in the public interest.

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Baroness Hanham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): e-Borders is currently in receipt of and processing 30 million (annualised) electronic records of travel document information (TDI) for international passengers and crew entering and leaving the UK. The receipt and processing of TDI data for 100 per cent of passenger international and crew movements will be achieved by March 2014.

The e-Borders system already collects and uses a small sample of other passenger information (OPI) which it has used to de-risk the main programme.

From summer 2009 we will begin the incremental capture of other passenger information and by December 2013 the e-Borders solution will allow the receipt and processing of 100 million targeted/selected OPI passenger movements.

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