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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish and place in the Library of the House the concordat defining the relationships and responsibilities of the four United Kingdom competent authorities for regulating and monitoring genetically modified food and crops; and what is the role of the Food Standards Agency in formulating policy on genetically modified food and crops. [HL2790]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): I have arranged for a copy of the concordat on the implementation of Directive 2001/18/EC and Regulation 1946/2003/EC to be placed in the Library of the House. A copy of the concordat can also be viewed on the Scottish Executive's website.
The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department set up by Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food. Government Ministers will take account of the agency's advice when formulating policy on food issues, including genetically modified food.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they voted in favour of authorising the three genetically modified maize varieties MON863xMON810, MON863xNK603 and MON863xMON810xNK603 in the Council of Ministers; and whether they consulted the competent authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland prior to the vote. [HL2791]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The UK voted in favour of authorising all three maize varieties in line with the scientific evidence in each case. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is the lead government department under the EU GM Food and Feed Regulation (1829/2003/EC) and is the single UK-wide competent authority for the GM food and feed safety aspects of this legislation. The FSA consults Defra on the environmental risk assessment of food and feed applications, and Defra in turn consults the competent authorities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the environmental aspects prior to any votes.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty at all courts for the
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The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued, defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty within Greater Manchester for the sale, or allowing the sale, of alcohol to a person under 18(1), England and Wales, 2004 to 2008(2)(3), is as follows:
|Year||Total PNDs issued(4)||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
Selling etc intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises-Licensing Act 1964 S.169 A & B as added by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000 S.1, Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 S.3 [Sch. Para. 4 (1)].
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) The "total proceeded against" statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
The First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council (Lord Mandelson): Planning for the Diamond Jubilee is at an early stage. Eligibility and criteria for receipt of the medal is under consideration. Further details will be released in due course.
The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): Values of exports of military equipment and services to Oman are shown below for the past three years for which figures are available. Values for 2009 have not yet been finalised.
To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been a reduction in the spread of bovine tuberculosis to new parishes, as reported in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' autumn performance report 2009. [HL2917]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): Part of the reduction in the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in new parishes is due to pre-movement testing, which is performed on animals moving out of herds in parishes tested yearly or two-yearly. This form of testing was first introduced in the spring of 2006 and intensified in 2007, and is intended in the main to protect herds in low-incidence areas that might receive animals from high-risk areas. Herds in low-risk areas are precisely the herds that are monitored under the bovine TB indicator as part of Public Service Agreement 9 (PSA 9) and that tend to be skin-tested once in four years. The indicator commenced
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Although the apparent year-on-year reduction in bTB incidence in new parishes (despite the increase in numbers of herds and animals tested for bTB in 2009) is welcome, the Government remain cautious and do not want to read too much into the short-term disease trends, given the cyclical and multifactorial nature of bTB incidence in the endemic areas. The incidence of bTB in parts of England is still far too high for EU standards and we continue to take the fight against the disease very seriously, not least because of the serious impact it has on farmers.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions. [HL2098]
Lord Brett: The following amounts have been paid in the UK by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its agencies to the following companies over the past five years. Information regarding spend with those companies by our posts overseas is not available centrally and is only available at disproportionate cost.
FCO paid PricewaterhouseCoopers £6,228 in 2004-05, £254,446 in 2005-06, £384,197 in 2006-07, £313,299 in 2007-08, and £341,287 in 2008-09; KPMG £41,918 in 2004-05, £139,536 in 2006-07, £135,733 in 2007-08, and £1,701,658 in 2008-09 (in connection with the vital upgrading of FCO's secure international communications system); Deloitte £13,353 in 2004-05; Ernst and Young £44,148 in 2008-09; PKF £13,113 in 2005-06, and £8,948 in 2006-07; McKinsey and Company £111,625 in 2005-06; and Accenture £65,393 in 2005-06.
FCO Services, an Executive Agency of the FCO operating as a Trading Fund since 1 April 2008, paid PricewaterhouseCoopers £38,008 in 2007-08, and £111,186 in 2008-09; and KPMG £128,912 in 2007-08, and £24,320 in 2008-09.
Total consultancy spending at end December 2009 was £17 million and is tracking at just over £22 million for this financial year-about 1 per cent of the overall
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Contracts were awarded on the basis of supporting key government initiatives and were the result of rigorous competitive tendering processes conducted in strict accordance with the Office of Government Commerce guidelines, making best use of existing framework agreements.
Departmental contract managers within the FCO manage the day to day contract performance and delivery in line with best practice. Departments are not required to report spend data to Buying Solutions, although we periodically provide information to it on request to assist with its audit requirements.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are not in full-time education because they are caring for another member of the family (a) in England, (b) in Greater Manchester, and (c) in the City of London. [HL2713]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request the National Audit Office to investigate the formation, management and accounts of Community Broadband Network (CBN) and request accounts to be submitted for outstanding years; whether they will place such accounts in the Library of the House; what progress the Mutual Societies Permissions, Decisions and Reporting Division, Supervision Business Unit of the Financial Services Authority is making in investigating the organisation; how much money they have paid to the CBN each year; and which department paid the money. [HL2830]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): There are no plans for Government to make these requests. A seedcorn grant of £30,000 was given to the Community Broadband Network in financial year 2003-04 by the Department for Trade and Industry. A further grant of £30,000 was provided by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Financial Year 2004-05.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the European Court of Human Rights' ruling that the Immovable Property Commission of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was an "appropriate forum for deciding on complex matters of property ownership and valuation and assessing financial compensation", they will increase their interest in the human rights of Turkish Cypriots. [HL2852]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the European Court of Human Rights' ruling that the Immovable Property Commission of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was an "appropriate forum for deciding on complex matters of property ownership and valuation and assessing financial compensation", they will rescind the 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between the Prime Minister and Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias; and, if not, whether they will propose a memorandum of understanding with the Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat. [HL2853]
Lord Brett: The Government have no intention of altering their commitment to the 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the Republic of Cyprus, or of proposing a memorandum of understanding with the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot community. The Government fully support the leaders of both communities in the settlement negotiations.
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