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In the period 1 Apr 2008 to 1 Apr 2009 there were a total of 52 notifications for immunotherapy products originating elsewhere in the EU.

Mental Health: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): These are devolved matters which are the responsibility of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland.

Petitions

Question

Asked by Lord Greaves



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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Wales Office received no petitions in 2007 and 2008.

Police: Appointments

Question

Asked by Lord Ouseley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The commissioner is appointed by the Queen following a recommendation from the Home Secretary. This is made following an open competition and having regard to the recommendations made to her by the Metropolitan Police Authority and representations from the Mayor of London.

The deputy commissioner is appointed in the same way, except that the commissioner has a statutory entitlement to make representations rather than the mayor.

Officers at the rank of assistant commissioner, deputy assistant commissioner and commander are appointed by the Metropolitan Police Authority with an approval role for the Home Secretary.

Under Sections 9E to 9G of the Police Act 1996 as amended, the Metropolitan Police Authority can require a chief officer to retire or resign in the interests of efficiency or effectiveness, provided the police authority has the approval of the Home Secretary. Under Section 42 of the Act the Home Secretary can require the MPA to exercise this power in respect of the commissioner and the deputy commissioner.

The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008 apply to all officers. In cases of gross misconduct, the ultimate sanction is dismissal form the services.

Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The department takes the timescales for answering Questions very seriously and makes every effort to answer Questions within 14 days.

The Northern Ireland Office’s parliamentary section issues regular reminders to staff as PQ deadlines approach.



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As the previous Answer stated (Official Report 20 April, col. WA365) many Questions require the collation and checking of figures or the acquisition of information from third parties. It is not therefore always possible to answer complex Questions of this kind within the two-week period.

Roads: A470

Question

Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Lord Davies of Oldham: The responsibility for trunk roads in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Assembly Government. In December 2008, the Welsh Assembly Government announced a reprioritised trunk road forward programme. This sets out their proposals for improving the A470 between North and South Wales.

Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities

Question

Asked by Lord Berkeley

The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): Following the conclusion of the consultation period on 18 May, we will consider all the representations that have been made and take the appropriate decisions on the level of annual light dues rates. The General Lighthouse Authorities' expenditure plans will need to reflect the anticipated income provided by the light dues levels set. In reaching this decision we will have to balance the need to minimise costs against maintaining funding for vital maritime safety equipment.

Terrorism

Question

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The military have a range of well developed operational plans that are exercised regularly and which could be used to support the police in responding to a terrorist incident if required in the land, maritime and air environments.



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The Government has a comprehensive counterterrorism exercises programme, led by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office, which tests and improves the abilities of the police and other key stakeholders, including the Armed Forces, to prepare for, respond to and manage terrorist investigations and incidents. The programme comprises three national-level exercises each year and the scenario for each one is based in a different policing region.

Transport: ID Papers

Questions

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Section 14 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 gives the police the power, subject to commencement through secondary legislation,

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to require a carrier, on request, to capture passenger and crew identity and other service data on domestic routes.

The Government will consult formally on the detailed terms of any implementation legislation, including the forms of identity that would be needed, before the powers are introduced on these routes.

United Kingdom Financial Investments Ltd

Question

Asked by Lord Northbrook

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI) is an arm’s-length company wholly owned by the Government, which has been established to manage the Government's investments on a commercial basis.

Liability in respect of legal actions brought against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would ordinarily lie with RBS and not with UKFI.


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