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Asked by Baroness Coussins

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): There is nothing to prevent more than one awarding body from delivering accredited qualifications for the teaching of swimming.

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The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is responsible for the status of awarding bodies. Currently, both the Amateur Swimming Association and the Swimming Teachers' Association are approved as awarding bodies for offering qualifications for the teaching of swimming.

Treaties: Parliamentary Scrutiny


Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): As the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie of Luton, stated on 28 April 2009, the Constitutional Renewal Bill is scheduled for introduction before the Summer Recess. The Bill will include provisions to place the present arrangements for parliamentary scrutiny of treaties on a statutory footing.

The development and operation of mechanisms outside the proposed legislation to enhance Parliament's ability to scrutinise treaties is ultimately a matter for Parliament itself. The Government will endeavour to respond positively to whichever additional methods Parliament wishes to pursue.



Asked by Baroness Hooper

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): In April 2008 we appointed regional directors to run the business of the UK Border Agency's international group, including the visa service, through the following regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Euromed and South Asia and the Gulf. No complaints have been received about this restructuring.

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