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R v Weir: Subsequent Action

Lord Tomlinson asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary is looking at what steps need to be taken, including possible revisions to Section 64 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Forced Marriage Working Party

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The report of the working party on forced marriage, jointly chaired by my noble friends Lady Uddin and Lord Ahmed, has been published today. Copies of the report A Choice by Right have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

CPS: Staff Attitudes and Stress

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Attorney-General (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Crown Prosecution Service has been undertaking a fundamental programme of change since the publication of the Glidewell review and this continues. The results of the Staff Attitude Survey and Stress Audit 2000 (SSSA 2000) support the change initiatives that are currently under way and the results of the survey will be used in planning and evaluating further changes. In addition, specific actions will be taken by CPS headquarters in response to the results of the

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SSSA 2000. These include reviewing the support systems the CPS has for staff who may be suffering from stress; and to review the provision of advice on health and safety matters within the department. CPS areas will consider and take forward the results of the SSSA 2000 locally.

Millennium Dome: Discount Packages

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What proportion of visitors to the Dome, on a month by month basis, have been admitted free or on a reduced price ticket.[HL2675]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): While the full adult ticket price for admission to the Millennium Experience is £20, 26 per cent of visitors to the Dome have so far taken advantage of the attractive discount packages available. This includes the family five ticket, group concessions and the free education tour scheme. In addition, a number of the Dome's sponsors have recently introduced discounted ticket offers. The result of this is reflected in the percentage of free or discounted tickets sold in June.

The percentage of free or reduced tickets sold per month is as follows:

Pre 2000--10 per cent; Jan 2000--10 per cent; Feb 2000--19 per cent; Mar 2000--28 per cent; Apr 2000--26 per cent; May 2000--43 per cent; Jun 2000--(to June)--50 per cent.

Northern Ireland Office: Use of Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8 June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Northern Ireland Office[HL2823]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The Northern Ireland Office in London and Belfast use the following cars;

MakeModelNumber
VauxhallOmegas4
CitroenXsaras2
VauxhallCorsa1
VauxhallCarlton1
VauxhallCombi1
VauxhallAstra Estate1
VauxhallEscort Estate1
ToyotaPrevia1
NissanCargo Vanette1
FordTransit1
HondaAccord1

This list does not include cars provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.


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Northern Ireland: Hospital Waiting Lists

Lord Rogan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why the number of persons on hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland increased by some 2,500 to some 47,000 in the three-month period from January to March 2000; and[HL2853]

    What steps they propose to take to reduce hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland from the longest in the United Kingdom to the national average or below.[HL2854]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Responsibility for this subject has been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and is therefore no longer a matter for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Better Regulation Task Force: Chairmanship of Lord Haskins

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Lord Haskins was chairing a task force meeting on Monday 12 June; and, if so, what the meeting was discussing and where it was held. [HL2858]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The noble Lord, Lord Haskins, chaired a meeting of the independent Better Regulation Task Force on Wednesday, 14 June. It was held at the Cabinet Office. The meeting discussed the task force's current and future work programme and matters of topical interest.

Millennium Dome Business Plan

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the sole shareholder of the Millennium Dome last read a business plan or budget forecast by the New Millennium Experience Company or a summary of such a plan or forecast prepared by officials. [HL2874]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) revises and updates its business plan at regular intervals As sole shareholder, I see all board papers and was therefore privy to the revised business plan prepared in May which included the new visitor figure estimate.

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8 June (WA 177), how the sole shareholder of the Millennium Dome dishcarges his responsibility to ensure that the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) meets the Government's commitments for the experience covering cost and effective management if he does not see the business plans and budget forecasts of the NMEC. [HL2876]

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Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) revises and updates its business plan at regular intervals. As sole shareholder, I see all board papers and was therefore privy to the revised business plan prepared in May, which included the new visitor figure estimate.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton of 8 June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by Ministry of Defence.[HL2886]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The department uses the following makes of car:

TypeTotal
Vauxhall(1)3,764
Ford2,010
Citroen250
Rover216
Renault206
Volkswagen(1)204
Peugeot179
Alfa Romeo107
Leyland103
Nissan89
Toyota83
Mitsubishi54
Honda49
Volvo49
Audi41
Mazda41
BMW31
Subaru27
Seat24
Fiat21
Austin19
Hyundai18
Mercedes14
Landrover13
Daihatsu9
Daewoo6
Opel6
SAAB6
Daimler4
Chrysler3
Lada3
Proton3
Suzuki3
Lexus2
Datsun1
Isuzu1
Lancia1
Other(1)30
OVERALL7,690

(1) Vauxhall figure includes 1,571 RAF leased cars.

(1) Volkswagen figure includes 40 RAF leased cars.

(1) Other figure includes 26 Army lease cars.

The list includes vehicles which are on long-term lease to the department but does not include cars provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. A breakdown of the actual types of vehicle could only be provided at disproportionate cost.


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Sierra Leone: Requests for Arms and Ammunition

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will respond to requests for arms and ammunition from the Government of Sierra Leone.[HL3106]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Government have made it clear that they will consider requests for assistance from the Government of Sierra Leone. Following a request for ammunition to meet urgent operational needs, therefore, Ministers have agreed that the Government will supply 5 million rounds of 7.62 mm rifle ammunition and 4,000 rounds of 81mm mortar ammunition, which are available as surplus from MoD stocks. This will be transported to Sierra Leone subject to the Government of Sierra Leone securing formal agreement from the ECOWAS Secretariat that this ammunition can be imported as an exception to their Small Arms Moratorium. In accordance with UNSCR 1171 (1998), this shipment will be notified to the UN Sanctions Committee. The Government have received confirmation from President Kabbah that the ammunition will be used only by regular Sierra Leone army soldiers, in accordance with international humanitarian law and human rights standards, and not by child soldiers. The Government remain prepared to consider further requests for assistance from the Government of Sierra Leone.


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