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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The EU maintains a constructive dialogue with the Indian authorities about human rights and minority rights issues, which includes the situation in Orissa and its neighbouring states following the violence in 2008. Officials from our high commission have had an active part in these discussions. However, the Government have not raised the resettlement of Christian communities with the Indian Government outside the framework of the EU dialogue.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): On 4 May 2009 the Government filed an amicus curiae brief with the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court currently considering the case of Ms Linda Carty, a British national sentenced to death in Houston, Texas. The brief focused on two related issues: the lack of consular notification in Ms Carty's case, and ineffective assistance of counsel. The fifth circuit has yet to rule on Ms Carty's outstanding appeal or comment on the contents of the brief.
Prior to our recent intervention, the Government also filed an amicus curiae brief in relation to Ms Carty's case when it was before the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on 12 May 2006. That brief focused only on the lack of consular notification.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The extent of information available is shown in the table below. Figures for riding horses and sheep were not recorded pre-2006.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about the cargo, movements and destination of the North Korean vessel, the Kang Nam; and whether the sale of arms by North Korea to Burma constitutes an infringement of United Nations Security Council Resolutions. [HL4524]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): We are aware of the media reports about the Kang Nam and are monitoring the situation. We can confirm that UN Security Council Resolution 1874 placed an embargo on the export of all arms from North Korea. We are working with international partners to ensure that all measures in the resolution are swiftly and effectively enforced.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 June (WA 144-45) concerning the cost of hire cars for staff of the Northern Ireland Office, how much was charged to the private car hire expenditure code in error; why; and when. [HL4362]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland but excluding its agencies and executive NDPBs, overstated the total amount paid to suppliers of private hire cars as follows:
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 15 June (WA 183-84) concerning the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, on what basis the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is satisfied that he has met the obligation in Section 68(3) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 that the commissioners should represent the community in Northern Ireland. [HL4366]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: Under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is obliged, when making appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, to secure, so far as practicable, that the commissioners as a group are representative of the community in Northern Ireland.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 16 June (WA 202) concerning the funding of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, whether they will place in the Library of the House the application made to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by the commission for approval for external funding. [HL4393]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 16 June (WA 202), what form the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's proposal to access external funding from Atlantic Philanthropies took; how much funding is involved; whether they took legal advice on the proposal; and whether they will publish their correspondence with the commission on the matter. [HL4447]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: Approval was sought to access £110,000 of external funding provided by Atlantic Philanthropies for a set of projects relating to work on a Bill of Rights. Legal advice was taken in relation to this matter. Copies of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's proposal requesting approval to access external funding and the letter detailing the Northern Ireland Office's response will be placed in the Library of the House.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in any recent discussions between the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the commission was informed of the view expressed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 1 April that it had exceeded its remit. [HL4489]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: I refer the noble Lord to my previous Answers of 19 May 2009 (Official Report, col. WA 298) and 8 June 2009 (Official Report, col. WA 132). The Secretary of State has shared his view with the commission.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number, origins and conditions of detention of persons held at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti and on United States ships in the gulf of Aden. [HL4345]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): We have no information on either the detention facilities at Camp Lemonier or the numbers, origins or conditions of detention for persons held there and have therefore made no assessment. The UK is not involved in the detention of individuals in Djibouti.
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Government have accepted Patten's recommendation, echoing the Royal Ulster Constabulary's own fundamental review, that the full-time reserve should be phased out, as the security situation allowed. A programme of severance was negotiated and agreed so that all officers will have left the service by 31 March 2011.
The chief constable's assessments of policing needs and of the security situation inform his decision about the number of full-time reserve officers that is required at any time. The chief constable last week recommended that, following his recent security review, the current programme of phasing out of the FTR should continue.
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: That is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The department issued Seeking Consent; Working with People in Prison in 2002. It was issued to prisons by means of Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 38/2002, which should be read in conjunction with Department of Health guidance Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment issued in 2001. Both documents are available on the department's website and have been placed in the Library.
The issues covered in Seeking Consent; Working with People in Prison includes the right of a competent adult patient to refuse treatment; assessment of "competence"; circumstances in which patients who lack capacity can receive treatment; the position of young people; dealing with violent or threatening behaviour, where patients may also have associated health problems; self-harm and food refusal.
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