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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Richard): The Prime Minister of course meets many people in public and private meetings to discuss a wide range of subjects. As with previous administrations, it is not the practice of Her Majesty's Government to disclose details of discussions at private events.
Lord Richard: No. Information about advisory committees in the honours system and the advice they give is protected from disclosure under exemptions 2 and 8 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, and is not made public.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 8 June (WA 59), when they will have completed their "rethink" of how to deliver justice, solidarity and freedom as values of the left; and[HL2320]
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 8 June (WA 59), whether they regard themselves to be "of the left".[HL2321]
Lord Richard: The achievements of the Government in its first year in office have demonstrated how justice, solidarity and freedom are being put into action. The Government was elected, and will govern, as New Labour for all the people of Britain.
On what date Clinty Chemicals were first granted a consent by the Environment and Heritage Agency (Northern Ireland) to discharge effluent into the River Maine; and[HL2308]
On what date the Environment and Heritage Agency (Northern Ireland) first granted a consent under the Water Act to allow a fish farm on the River Maine at Carcinty Road, Cullybackey.[HL2310]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs): Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Environment and Heritage Service under its Chief Executive, Mr. Robert C. Martin. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
As Chief Executive of the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS), I am responsible for the operational aspects of environmental protection including statutory responsibilities under the Water Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. While questions No. 805 and No. 807 are solely for my Service to answer, question No. 804 traverses a number of Government Departments and I have been asked to co-ordinate the reply. Parliamentary Question No. 804
I would ask you to note that Mr. Avery often copied his letters widely, (including to Government Ministers), and that Departments would have referred letters which, in part, contained references to matters within another Department's remit for separate reply. The above summaries therefore will include multiple counting where Ministers or Departments were responding collectively or individually to the same letter. Parliamentary Question No. 805
Clinty Chemicals does not have a consent to discharge effluent to the River Maine. The discharge from the Clinty Quarry site is currently consented in the name of Ready Mixed Concrete. The discharge consent (No. 1705/75) was issued on 12 September 1975. Environment and Heritage Service is in the process of reviewing the situation in order to transfer the discharge consent to Clinty Chemicals. Parliamentary Question No. 807
|4 exemptions to||(i) Galgorm Manor;|
|(ii) Gallagher Limited;|
|(iii) A O'Neill; and|
|(iv) Harperstown Power Limited.|
|1 exemption to||Hillmount Properties (NI) Ltd.|
|2 exemptions to||(i) A O'Neill; and|
|(ii) Otterburn Trout Farm.|
|1 exemption to||Shane Castle.|
Lord Dubs: Applications submitted by the Maine Angling Club in respect of fish pass improvements, in-river works and access improvements, the Demesne Anglers, Shane's Castle, Randalstown Angling Club and Gracehill, Galgorm and District Angling Club, all three in respect of in-river works and access for anglers, have been supported by European Peace and Reconciliation Funds.
Lord Dubs: Any firearm in the wrong hands can pose a risk to public safety. For this reason the law controls and regulates the legitimate possession and responsible use of firearms. Her Majesty's Government is committed to maintaining rigorous standards of firearms safety in Northern Ireland, as in the rest of the United Kingdom. But to be fully effective the law must be relevant and proportionate to the prevailing conditions. This was the aim of the wide-ranging legislative reform proposals published by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 2 April which we believe will further enhance Northern Ireland's strict regime of firearm controls.
Lord Dubs: In order to acquire and possess a target handgun in Northern Ireland a person must be a member of an approved firearms club and obtain a firearm certificate. A resident of Great Britain may apply to join a firearms club in Northern Ireland. Membership is a matter for individual clubs to decide.
The Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 provides for residents of Great Britain to apply to the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary for a Northern Ireland firearm certificate. When considering such applications, the Chief Constable must satisfy himself that the normal legislative criteria of suitability, good reason and public safety have been met. In the latter context this would include the provision of adequate arrangements for secure storage of the firearms concerned.
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