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Written Answers

Monday 14 July 2008

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carriers

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The principal milestones in the construction of the Future Aircraft Carriers (CVF) are:

start of production work at the main shipyards, which is expected to commence in early 2009 for CVF01 and mid 2010 for CVF02;delivery of the first hull block to the Rosyth integration yard, planned for late 2011 for CVF01 and mid 2013 for CVF02; andfloat-up of the completed hulls in early 2013 for CVF01 and mid 2014 for CVF02 to be followed by sea trials and contract acceptance in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Aviation: Passengers Deprived of Liberty

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): In the context of its work to consider the proposals relating to rendition made by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will review the recent proposals made by Amnesty International. We will expect that other member states of the Council of Europe will draw their own conclusions on the proposals.

Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Significant funding for bovine tuberculosis vaccines research commenced in 1998 following the Krebs report. Total investment since 1998 in vaccine development reached more than £17.8 million by the end of March 2008 and over £5.5 million was invested in cattle and badger vaccine research in the last financial year (2007-08).

This breaks down into spending of just under £11 million on cattle vaccine development and just under £7 million on badger vaccine development over the past 10 years.

Of the £20 million identified as funding for vaccine research by the Secretary of State, £10.4 million has already been contracted from the existing tuberculosis programme research budgets. The remaining £9.6 million has not yet been contracted and will be funded from an expanded research budget.

Research into a bovine tuberculosis vaccine for cattle and badgers is carried out on behalf of the department by its laboratory agencies, research council institutes, universities and the private sector.

Banking: Iceland

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Under the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive and the Investor Compensation Directive, all EEA member states are required to set up a scheme to protect depositors and also a scheme to protect investors in the circumstances laid down in the directives. The UK achieves this through the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) which covers all Financial Services Authority (FSA) authorised banks and investment firms.

Firms passporting from an EEA state where the level and/or scope of coverage provided by their home state is lower or narrower than that provided by the FSCS, can opt to top-up into the FSCS to the level and/or scope of coverage provided by the FSCS. This means that the home state scheme is liable to pay the

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first tranche of compensation to the limits that apply in that state. The FSCS's liability is therefore restricted to the topped-up amount up to the UK limit of £35,000 for deposits.

Bees

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): An additional £90,000 has been allocated to the National Bee Unit this financial year to expand investigations started last year under a horizon scanning project into significant colony losses and to meet the demand for increased inspections of bee imports consequential to the colony losses.

Research priorities are addressed in the draft Bee Health Strategy, which has recently been published for public consultation. Commissioned research in later years will be considered in the light of priorities identified in the agreed strategy and the resources available from Defra and elsewhere.

Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

Lord Bramall asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Lord Saville has advised that the tribunal hopes to submit its report to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by the end of this year or shortly thereafter.

Bonuses: DfT

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Department for Transport comprises a central department plus seven executive agencies, each with its own pay and reward system. Information regarding bonus payments has been collected from the central department and all seven agencies and collated in to one set of figures.



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YearNumber of staff to receive bonus paymentTotal amount of bonuses paid

2003-04

4,814

£2,020,828

2004-05

6,537

£1,881,308

2005-06

13,682

£8,212,780

2006-07

14,895

£10,147,137

2007-08

6,510

£3,844,107

The above figures exclude:

Senior Civil Service (SCS) bonuses for 2003-04 and SCS Fixed-Term Appointments for 2004-05; Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency data for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2007-08; andVehicle and Operator Services Agency data for 2007-08.

The excluded data could only be produced at disproportionate costs.

Bonuses are paid in respect of overall performance or exceptional performance on a specific task or at a specific time.

British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat was created under the Good Friday agreement in 1998 to bring together the two Governments to promote bilateral co-operation at all levels on all matters of mutual interest within the competence of both Governments. The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat continues to perform this function.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave on 17 March (Official Report, cols. WA 2-3), in which I gave the budget for the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat since 2001.

Records in relation to 1999-01 are no longer held.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference secretariat has 21 staff—10 for the British side, 11 for the Irish side, comprising a mix of grades from senior civil servants to admin support grades.



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Burma: Sanctions

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We have no evidence that EU sanctions on Burma are being circumvented, but will reiterate the need for all member states to carefully monitor their implementation. Article 2 of Regulation 194/08 prohibits the import of goods listed in its Annexe 1 if such goods originated in Burma/Myanmar or have been exported from Burma/Myanmar. This includes goods entering the EU via third countries.

Common Agricultural Policy

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): We are not aware of any research that attempts to estimate the impacts of the common agricultural policy (CAP) on mortality rates in developing countries. Our 2005 CAP vision is clear that securing further trade reform in the WTO, particularly of agriculture, would generate substantial benefits for the global economy and work towards poverty reduction. Current estimates show that a Doha development agenda deal could be worth €120 billion every year to the global economy. According to the World Bank, a global trade deal could be worth up to $16 billion a year to developing countries.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Rooker: We can estimate the United Kingdom consumer cost of the CAP by comparing the difference between UK and world prices for agricultural products and applying that difference to the volume of UK consumption. Our latest provisional estimate for 2006 is an additional cost per head of £57.



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Common Fisheries Policy

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Since 2002, all EU countries have been required to collect data on discarding, under the data collection regulation. Quantities of discards are estimated using data collected by scientific observers aboard commercial fishing vessels. The regulation requires member states to record the quantities of quota-restricted fish stocks landed and discarded, and the species and size composition of the discards each time the fishing gear is hauled. Deploying scientific observers in this manner is expensive and time-consuming, with the result that it is usually only possible to sample a small proportion of the overall fishing trips in a given area. As a result, it is necessary to extrapolate from the limited sampling to provide estimates for the entire fleet. Although the sampling is intended to cover a representative sample of the fleet, this does mean that the estimates of total discards are subject to uncertainty.

Estimates of mean annual averages from CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) for the North Sea are that 5,427 tonnes of fish were discarded, from a proportion of 16,370 tonnes retained (25 per cent discarded) by English and Welsh vessels over 10 metres between the years 2003-06. CEFAS has concluded recently further research which is currently being peer reviewed.


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