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Ministers have not met representatives of the European Commission to discuss the impact of the traditional herbal medicines directive. However, the Government

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do take the issue of regulatory impact very seriously and continue to seek ways of minimising its impact. In its response to the Commission's 2007 review of the early operation of the directive, the MHRA stressed the need to carefully manage and minimise regulatory impact while not compromising public health. MHRA's response to the Commission is available on its website at: www.mhra.gov.uk/Publications/Consultations/CON2031524.

Heritage: Historic Ships

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The draft Heritage Protection Bill will continue the level of protection provided by current legislation for ships fixed to land and lying wrecked on the sea bed. There are no provisions in the draft Bill specifically for the protection or management of historic ships in use.

House of Lords: Reform

Lord Carlile of Berriew asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Under the Government's proposals for a reformed second Chamber, retired judges would be able to stand for election or be appointed, if it is decided that appointments are to be made.

The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 set out clearly the separation of the judiciary from the legislature, including that judges serving in the Supreme Court will not take part in the work of the House of Lords.

Licensing

Baroness Coussins asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The principal mechanism for informing local authorities of their powers and duties under the Licensing Act 2003 is the guidance issued under Section 182 to licensing authorities, the police and other agencies. Revised guidance was issued in June 2007, following extensive consultation with stakeholders including the Local Government Association (LGA) and Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory

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Services (LACORS) to ensure it remains effective. In addition, DCMS officials attend meetings of LACORS local and regional licensing groups, as well as other events such as the recent national enforcement summit with senior police and local authority representatives, which will be followed up with a series of similar regional events later this year.

Baroness Coussins asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Government currently have no plans to amend the Licensing Act 2003 to add any additional licensing objectives.

Licensing: Music

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is at an early stage of the development of exemptions for low-impact licensable activities, including small-scale live music.

Officials have discussed the draft live music exemptions with the Musicians' Union and with individual live music providers. We will continue to discuss all of the exemptions with a variety of stakeholders, particularly those on our licensing advisory group, which includes the Arts Council representing all the arts, including music.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is at an early stage of the development of exemptions for low-impact licensable activities, including small-scale live music. The term that has been used to describe these proposals during their development is “de minimis”. This term is not intended to define the exemptions but is merely a short-hand way of referring to activities that may, subject to further analysis and consultation, be appropriate for exemption from the scope of the Act in view of their likely low impact on the licensing objectives.



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Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: The 2008-09 Civil Service pay guidance does not set a limit on the proportion of pay that can be devoted to rewarding performance. The amount allocated as performance pay for each department below the SCS is not held centrally.

Police: Northern Ireland

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The Government are not engaged in negotiations with the Ulster Defence Association. The chief constable of the PSNI was invited by Paul Goggins to attend a meeting with the Ulster Political Research Group and other prominent loyalists on 28 July 2008. The issues addressed included the interface between local community representatives and district police commanders.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The Government have no policy of this sort.

Political Parties: Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: An individual's nationality and country of residence can affect his or her eligibility to make political donations in several ways. As I explained in my Answer of 14 July, individuals can donate to political parties in the United Kingdom if they are on a United Kingdom electoral register. Nationality and

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country of residence are relevant in determining whether an individual is eligible to register to vote in the UK; for example, British citizens living outside the UK can apply to be on the register in certain circumstances, whilst non-British citizens cannot. There are also specific additional arrangements enabling Irish citizens to donate to Northern Ireland political parties but not parties in the rest of the UK.

Railways: Franchises

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Department for Transport has not carried out such an examination. Network Rail is responsible for investment in railway infrastructure, except in a small number of older franchises, where franchise contracts were designed as an investment vehicle. The controlling factor is therefore contract design, rather than franchise duration.

Railways: Rolling Stock

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The intention is still to deliver the additional rolling stock during control period 4. There is no reason to believe that the industry cannot provide these vehicles.

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Trans-Pennine Express (TPE) will place an order for additional vehicles once the discussions that are under way between the Department for Transport and TPE have successfully concluded with a signed deed of amendment to the franchise agreement.

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: National Express East Anglia (NXEA) will place an order for new rolling stock to relieve overcrowding on its routes once the

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discussions that are under way between the Department for Transport and NXEA have been successfully concluded with a signed deed of amendment to the franchise agreement.

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Under the Department for Transport's rolling stock plan, published in January 2008, First Great Western (FGW) is to receive 52 additional vehicles to be deployed in the Bristol area and on the London Thames Valley route. In its update to the high-level output specification delivery plan, published in July 2008, the department stated that the FGW intervention would take place in phase 2 of this plan.

Religion

Lord Steinberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The Government's assessment is that there is a serious but not widespread issue of violent extremist activity in our universities.

We issued guidance to the higher education sector on how to increase its resilience to violent extremism, and we are working with students and academics to raise awareness of these very sensitive issues. Universities work closely with their local police force to highlight any areas of concern.

We are working with university staff and students to promote a culture of free and open debate in our universities and to foster inter-faith and cultural dialogue. My ministerial colleague Mr Rammell has led a series of debates on how we can use the hard-won heritage of free and open debate to isolate and challenge the views of those who would promote violence and hatred. It is our belief that in academic freedom lies the most powerful means of refuting and isolating violent extremists on campus and promoting cohesive campus communities.

Shipping: Navigational Aids

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Bassam of Brighton: The information requested is set out below:

200520062007

Aids to navigation inspected by Trinity House

7,980

9,721

9,665

Defective aids to navigation inspected by Trinity House

1,223 (15.33%)

1,313 (13.51%)

1,554 (16.08%)

Aids to navigation inspected under the management of competent harbour authorities

4,014

5,213

5,306

Defective aids to navigation inspected under the management of competent harbour authorities

505 (12.58%)

579 (11.11%)

615 (11.59%)

Aids to navigation inspected under the management of other aids to navigation providers

3,966

4,508

4,359

Defective aids to navigation inspected under the management of other aids to navigation providers

718 (18.10%)

734 (16.28%)

939 (21.54%)


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