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Magnox Fuel

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): As the owner of the UK's Magnox nuclear power stations, BNFL is responsible for managing the spent fuel from UK Magnox reactors. I understand that BNFL intends to continue reprocessing Magnox fuel, because that is the best technical method for dealing with it.

Life Peerages: Interim Appointments Committee

Lord Craig of Radley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Government will maintain the Cross-Bench representation at approximately the present proportion of life Peers. We envisage that this means it will be necessary to create approximately the same number of peers as has been the case at the same time as the Birthday and New Year Honours Lists in the recent past.

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The non-political persons recommended for peerages by the Appointments Commission will be expected to sit as independent life Peers in the House of Lords.

The peerages recommended by the interim Appointments Commission will replace the life peerages awarded by Her Majesty in parallel with the Birthday and New Year Honours Lists on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The commission itself will have to consider whether it can properly produce recommendations for peerages to coincide with the publication of the Birthday Honours List in June.

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Committee on Standards in Public Life: House of Lords Investigation

Baroness Pitkeathley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    On what subject the Committee on Standards in Public Life will focus its next study.[HL1504]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Committee is today announcing that, after consultation with the Government, it proposes to undertake a review of the present arrangements governing the conduct of members of the House of Lords and consider the need for any change. It will report later this year.



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