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Local Authorities not offering ELBS in 2010

Barking and Dagenham

Lambeth

Barnet

Lewisham

Bath and Ne Somerset

Luton

Bexley

Manchester

Birmingham

Merton

Bournemouth

Milton Keynes

Bracknell Forest

North Lincolnshire

Brent

North Tyneside

Buckinghamshire

Nottinghamshire

Bury

Oldham

Calderdale

Poole

Camden

Portsmouth

Central Bedfordshire

Reading

Cheshire West and Chester

Redbridge

City of Bristol

Richmond Upon Thames

City of Peterborough

Rochdale

Corporation of London

Rutland

Croydon

Salford

Darlington

Sandwell

Ealing

Sefton

Gateshead

Slough

Greenwich

South Tyneside

Hackney

Southampton

Halton

Southend-on-Sea

Hammersmith and Fulham

Southwark

Haringey

Stockport

Harrow

Stockton on Tees

Hartlepool

Sutton

Havering

Swindon

Herefordshire

Tameside

Hillingdon

Trafford

Hounslow

Wakefield

Isles of Scilly

Walsall

Kensington and Chelsea

Wandsworth

Kingston Upon Hull

Warrington

Kingston Upon Thames

West Berkshire

Kirklees

Westminster

Knowsley

Wokingham

Elections: European Parliament

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

Lord Brett: The UK decides on the British national interest through our Parliament, as has been the case with every previous EU amending treaty.



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We continue to believe that the Lisbon treaty is a good deal for the UK and for Europe. Parliament approved the legislation to implement the treaty after 25 days of detailed debate. Each House voted in favour at every stage of those debates.

Embryology

Questions

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): In 2007-08 the Government provided over £60 million of public funding for stem cell research. £24.7 million of this expenditure focused on research relating to adult stem cells and £14.7 million on embryonic stem cells. A breakdown relating to research involving umbilical cord cells and blood, and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is not available.

Below is a breakdown of expenditure, by organisation:

2007-08AdultEmbryonicAdult/Embryonic

Medical Research Council

£15.7 million

£9.9 million

n/a*

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council**

£5.0 million

£3.5 million

£2.3 million

Technology Strategy Board

£2.0 million

£0.9 million

Department of Health***

£2.0 million

£0.4 million

Confirmed figures are not yet available for 2008-09.

In April 2008 the MRC and BBSRC jointly committed £650,000 to 13 new awards to support the emergence of iPS technology in the UK and provide a platform for future work in this area.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that where donated gametes are used for the purpose of research, the authority's code of practice requires the treatment centre to ensure that aspects of the clinical and research roles are separated, so that individuals involved in advising patients regarding clinical decisions about their licensed treatment are not involved in the research project to which patients are considering donating embryos. The HFEA also advised that while it is for individual centres to decide exactly how they meet these requirements, HFEA's inspectors ensure compliance by discussing these requirements with centre staff.

The HFEA does not hold information in relation to work hours or labour costs. Nor does it hold similar detailed information on the day to day activities of clinical and laboratory staff in the delivery of services.

Employment Tribunals Act 1996

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Section 7 of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 contains the power to make regulations or procedure rules to enable equal pay claims to be made in representative proceedings in employment tribunals.

Energy Sector: Recruitment

Question

Asked by Lord Teverson

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Government recognise that improving diversity is a key strategic objective for employers, who are driving this through the sector skills councils and their skills

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academies. Progress so far has been mixed, with professional roles, such as engineers, having an increasing diversity in both gender and ethnicity, which is beginning to be reflected in more senior posts. Apprenticeships, however, are still male dominated.

Sector attractiveness strategies are being developed to overcome the negative impressions that many young people have about working in the energy industries and to improve the number of applicants. These will provide the key mechanism by which the industry will sell itself to potential applicants and increase the diversity of the applicant pool.

Energy: Oil and Gas

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): This is not a new obligation as the UK is already required by an existing EU directive and through its membership of the International Energy Agency to hold emergency oil stocks for use in oil supply disruptions. We support the new directive as it aligns the EU and IEA systems while maintaining member states' flexibility to design and operate systems best suited to their individual national needs. There will be no additional costs to implement the revised directive since we expect any administrative costs to be absorbed within the existing resources for managing the UK's current oil stocking system. There should be no impact on prices as a result of implementation of the revised directive.

Equality Bill

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): Aviation is not excluded from the Equality Bill. Clause 27, which makes it unlawful to discriminate against harass or victimise a person because of a protected characteristic when providing services, protects someone when they are requesting a service and when they are being provided with a service. That applies to aviation. Schedule 3, Part 7 provides an exception to Clause 27 for services in connection with air transport, but it relates only to disability, where there is a separate European regulation in place. EU Regulation 1107/2006 made it unlawful for airlines to refuse to carry disabled

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and less mobile passengers; and airlines have to give assistance to all people of reduced mobility. The UK fully supports these principles. Regulation 1107 is directly applicable in UK law and is enforced by SI 2007/1895.


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