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Asked by Lord Harris of Haringey

The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): This information is not held in the format requested, so we are unable to identify costs of individual cases.

The Defence Inquests Unit has contacted the office of HM Coroner for Newcastle to offer any assistance it can. It is too early to determine what MoD's involvement in this inquest will be.

Asked by Lord Laird

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Consistent with the Government's policy of encouraging longer working lifetimes and flexible retirement and employment law, any individual in receipt of an occupational pension, whether public or private, may be employed again in either sector.

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The basic state pension is 4 per cent lower than it would have been had it been uprated by the average earnings index over the past 10 years.

As set out in the Pensions Act 2007, our objective, subject to affordability and the fiscal position, is to restore the link with earnings in 2012, or by the end of the next Parliament at the latest.



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Peru

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

Lord Brett: The Government make reference to the definition of indigenous people given in Article 1a of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 1989, 169 Article 1, which stipulates that the International Labour Standards Convention applies to:

The Government are not a party to this convention.

The Government recognise that indigenous individuals are entitled to the full protection of their human rights and fundamental freedoms in international law, on an equal basis to all other individuals. Human rights are universal and equal to all.

Police: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

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.

Ports: Electricity

Question

Asked by Lord Berkeley

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Ports that supply electricity to tenants are not routinely classified as directed utilities under the climate change levy. There is scope within the levy rules for HM Revenue and Customs to direct that a person be treated as an electricity utility, a gas utility or both but this would usually be at the request of the port.



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Thames Barrier: Sewage

Questions

Asked by Lord Campbell-Savours

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): There are 120 consented combined sewer overflows that discharge directly into the River Thames between Windsor and the Thames Barrier.

Fifty-one of these relate to overflows at sewage pumping stations, the remaining 69 are gravity-fed combined sewer overflows.

Asked by Lord Campbell-Savours

Lord Davies of Oldham: No new consents for combined sewer overflows (CSOs) have been granted in the past five years. All of the existing CSOs have existing consents.

Asked by Lord Campbell-Savours

Lord Davies of Oldham: Thames Water notifies the Environment Agency when the three largest sewage pumping stations at Hammersmith, Western (Victoria) and Lots Road (Chelsea) discharge into the Thames. These are the only overflows that discharge directly into the River Thames which are reported to the Environment Agency. The large discharges from Abbey Mills pumping station overflow at West Ham, made into the Channelsea River, which in turn leads to the River Lea, are also reported as it is close to the Thames.

The Environment Agency is also notified of storm discharges from the Mogden sewage treatment plant in Isleworth.

Uganda: Lord's Resistance Army

Question

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Brett: We have no verifiable information on the funding and provision of arms to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Anecdotal reports suggest however that the LRA has sustained itself through subsistence farming, pillage, preying on humanitarian assistance, brutal intimidation and killing of civilians and contacts with other regional militia groups.



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Vehicles: Scrappage

Questions

Asked by Baroness Hanham

The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): There are over 1,700 sites in the UK classed as authorised treatment facilities and permitted to treat end-of-life vehicles, including those arising from the Government's scrappage scheme.

Asked by Baroness Hanham

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Authorised treatment facilities are required to carry out certain depollution activities on all end-of-life vehicles, including removal of the battery, tyres and fluids, and the removal or deployment of any airbags present. A certificate of destruction

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must also be issued to the last holder or keeper, and the vehicle may not be returned to the road. Authorised treatment facilities may then dismantle certain parts for resale or for recycling, before sending the depolluted vehicle on to metal fragmentisers for processing into secondary raw materials.

Asked by Baroness Hanham

Lord Davies of Abersoch: A minimum of 85 per cent of the weight of end-of-life vehicles, including those arising under the Government's scrappage scheme, must be reused, recycled or recovered by vehicle manufacturers or authorised treatment facilities, as required by the End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulation 2005. A maximum of 15 per cent may be sent for final disposal. On average, around 75 per cent of the weight of ELVs is reprocessed into secondary ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and reuse, recycling and energy recovery of non-metallic materials, such as oils, tyres, glass and plastic, in varying degrees, also take place.


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