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The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): It is possible already for Peers to make direct calls to certain European institutions, whose telephone numbers are listed at the back of the internal directory. However, it is not the policy of either House of Parliament to provide free calls to other European institutions or individual people.
The Chairman of Committees: A survey was undertaken earlier this year by both Houses into the satisfaction of visitors to Parliament. This survey revealed that the most frequently-cited motivation for visits was seeing what Parliament looks like inside, followed by experiencing the excitement of a live debate.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Her Majesty's Government are still considering whether we should sign the Unidroit Convention on the International Return of Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. Consultation within Government is currently in progress. We would hope to consult publicly in the New Year.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Television without Frontiers Directive does not include provisions on jamming. However, the European Convention on Transfrontier Television (to which the UK is party) includes such provisions. Under the terms of the convention, states parties may seek arbitration from the standing committee overseeing the convention in respect of any alleged violation. Her Majesty's Government have no plans to seek arbitration. As indicated in my reply to the noble lord, Lord Hylton, however, the Government will consider any action which may be appropriate in the light of independent verification of the jamming of Med-TV, including possible action under the convention.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government are concerned about any jamming of transmissions that have been authorised under the wireless telegraphy legislation of a member of the International Telecommunications Union and agreed internationally.
The Government understand that Med-TV has commissioned research to locate the origin of the interference to its broadcasts, and whether it is affecting an uplink signal from the UK or from another country. Once the country of origin has been independently verified, the Government will better understand what action it may be appropriate to take.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): On Wednesday 4 November, at 9 a.m. the Government will publish a consultation document, Supporting Families. Copies of the document will be placed in the Library and the Printed Paper Office.
While there has been renewed media interest in this subject, there has been no new evidence recognised by the scientific community on which to base any changes to the guidelines. The NRPB Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation continues to review the published literature.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: There are no plans to move the Office of Science and Technology or to change ministerial responsibility for it. There are similarly no plans to change responsibilities for the Foresight Programme, which will continue to be managed by OST and co-ordinated at ministerial level by an interdepartmental group under my chairmanship.
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