Previous Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page

Fishing: Accidents


Asked by Earl Attlee

The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): There were 256 recorded deaths of commercial fishermen on UK-registered fishing vessels during the period 1992 to 2006 (ref: Marine Accident Investigation Branch report—Analysis of UK Fishing Vessel Safety 1992 to 2006, published November 2008)

Directly comparable statistics for the same time period are not available, but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Research Project 578—Update of Mortality for Workers in the UK Merchant Shipping and Fishing

26 Jan 2009 : Column WA8

Sectors, published in July 2007, showed the fatal accident rate for UK fishermen for the period 1996 to 2005 to be 115 times than that of the general workforce in Great Britain.

Football: Ticket Sales


Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): During the informal meeting that my right honourable friend, the former Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, had with the Glazers in 2005, about their purchase of Manchester United, they reassured him that they had the best interests of the club in mind. I also understand they indicated that ticket prices would not automatically rise, and that they were looking to expand that club by raising its profile around the world.

The issue of ticket prices is one for each individual club and the football authorities.



Asked by Lord Hylton

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Israeli Government have not officially responded to the EU presidency statement of 14 November.

Asked by Lord Hylton

Lord Malloch-Brown: We, along with the EU presidency, are concerned with the serious humanitarian situation in Gaza and consider the restrictions of

26 Jan 2009 : Column WA9

Gaza's borders to the passage of relief supplies a disproportionate and inappropriate response to the security threat.

Although there is no permanent physical Israeli presence in Gaza, given the significant control that Israel has over Gaza's borders, airspace and territorial waters, Israel retains obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention as an occupying power. The Fourth Geneva Convention is clear than an occupying power must co-operate in allowing the passage and distribution of relief consignments.

We will continue to urge the Israeli Government to ease the restrictions on the Gaza border and permit the flow of essential supplies.

Gulf War: NAPS Tablets


Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): This information is not held centrally. We would need the permission of 1990-91 Gulf veterans before reviewing individual medical records to collate the necessary information (if available) and this could only be provided at disproportionate cost. In October 2001, MoD published the paper Medical Records in the Gulf. This paper describes the arrangements for medical record-keeping during the 1990-91 Gulf conflict and discusses a number of reasons why records that were kept may not have been complete. A copy of this paper is available in the Library of the House. The MoD's Vaccines Interactions Research Programme addressed the possible adverse health effects of the combination of vaccines and tablets (NAPS) given to troops to protect them against the threat of biological and chemical warfare. This showed that there would not have been adverse effects on 19 October 2006 (Official Report, col. WS 87).

House of Lords: Tips


Asked by Lord Hoyle

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): Tips in House of Lords catering outlets are distributed among Refreshment Department staff in addition to their salary. Salary scales for House of Lords staff are published online at lords/lordshro/2008_09_staffpayrange_hoc.cfm.

26 Jan 2009 : Column WA10

House of Lords: Weighing Scales


Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): It would not be cost-effective to replace the existing weighing scales. However, I have arranged for a conversion chart (kilograms to stones and pounds) to be placed next to the scales to assist Members.

Houses of Parliament: Warrants


Asked by The Earl of Northesk

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Any interception—the monitoring or interference with a communication during the course of its transmission so as to make it available to a third party, whether police or other agencies—requires a lawful authority.

Such conduct has lawful authority only if it takes place in accordance with a warrant authorised by the Secretary of State.

26 Jan 2009 : Column WA11

RIPA places an obligation to keep secret all matters relating to any warrant, including the application, issue and the execution of it. Accordingly it has been the policy of successive Governments neither to confirm nor to deny whether a warrant has been sought or issued.

The Home Secretary confirmed on 4 December 2008 that the Wilson doctrine as outlined by the Prime Minister has not been abrogated. (col. 143).

Human Rights


Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): Her Majesty's Government take their responsibility to comply with requests from the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg very seriously. However, after 31 December 2008 the UK had no legal power to detain any individuals in Iraq and there was therefore no lawful option other than to transfer Mr Al-Saadoon and Mr Mufdhi to the Iraqi authorities. The Government therefore took the view that, exceptionally, they could not comply with the measure indicated by the court.

Israel and Palestine: Detained Parliamentarians


Asked by Lord Hylton

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We welcome the announcement by the Israeli Government, made during my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary's visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories, on the planned release of over 200 Palestinian prisoners. However, while we welcomed Israel's release of two Hamas Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members in June, we continue to call for all elected PLC members detained by Israel to be either released or subject to due legal process.

26 Jan 2009 : Column WA12

Legal Aid: Northern Ireland


Asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The Bar Council of Northern Ireland recently resolved that “No counsel at the Bar of Northern Ireland shall be required to accept or retain any brief... in any matter, criminal or otherwise, if he or she reasonably forms the view that fair remuneration will not be forthcoming within a reasonable time”. In reliance on this, counsel have declined to act in a number of cases in the Crown Court and in the County Court Family Care Centre pending resolution of difficulties regarding the payment of legal aid fees for such cases.

In the Crown Court six cases have been deferred and in the Family Care Centre 16 cases have been affected. No separate identifiable cost will result from the rescheduling of these cases.

Arrangements have been made to expedite legal aid payments in very high cost criminal cases in the Crown Court. The Lord Chancellor has also approved an interim payment scheme for cases where fees have not been paid after six months in such cases.

Discussions are well advanced to resolve the outstanding difficulty in relation to legal aid fees for Family Care Centre cases.

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]


Asked by Lord Greaves

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The following access authorities in England will be covered by the coastal access provisions in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill:



26 Jan 2009 : Column WA13

Brighton and Hove;


The Broads Authority;







East Riding of Yorkshire;

East Sussex;


Exmoor National Park;






Lake District National Park;






New Forest National Park;


North East Lincolnshire;

North Lincolnshire;

North Somerset;

North Tyneside;

North York Moors National Park;

North Yorkshire;





Redcar and Cleveland;



South Gloucestershire

South Tyneside;








West Sussex; and


Next Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page