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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): My honourable friend the Minister of State for Europe (David Lidington) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
A Written Ministerial Statement on 22 June 2010 made by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (William Hague) stated that Otto Czucz, a Hungarian judge, was to be reappointed to the General Court on 23 June 2010. The reappointment did not take place on that date and is to be considered at a conference of representatives of Governments of member states on 8 July 2010.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (William Hague) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
There is no doubt that ship-to-ship transfers require some form of regulation because of their potential for damage to the UK's seas and coasts. The regulations endeavour to address this in two separate and distinct ways:
I am aware that there have been concerns expressed by industry and by some honourable Members about some aspects of these regulations. I am also conscious that there are those who support the regulations in their current form.
I am also committed to ensuring that the policy and legislative processes associated with the passage of the regulations are entirely proper and fully consistent with the principles of better regulation.
Accordingly, I am today announcing a review of the regulations. I would like to invite all interested parties-including honourable Members, local authorities, industry and environmental non-governmental organisations-to set out their views on the regulations by 30 September. I also intend to meet some of the interested parties.
To allow the necessary time for this review to be carried out, I am today laying before the House a statutory instrument, the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010 No.1769), which defers the entry into force of the regulations from 1 October to 1 April 2011.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): My honourable friend the Minister of State for Pensions (Steve Webb) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget Statement on 22 June that, with some exceptions, consumer prices rather than retail prices will be the basis for uprating most benefits and public sector pensions.
The Government believe the CPI provides a more appropriate measure of pension recipients' inflation experiences and is also consistent with the measure of inflation used by the Bank of England. We believe, therefore, it is right to use the same index in determining increases for all occupational pensions and payments made by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS).
The report gives a sound endorsement of the UK's work in Zimbabwe. I visited Zimbabwe in September 2009 and commend the committee's understanding of both the challenges Zimbabwe faces and the significant potential to rebuild the country when political progress permits. The UK remains committed to playing a leading role in Zimbabwe, both in helping the poorest and most vulnerable people to meet their basic needs and in supporting the process of reform.
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