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The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Standards for cycle lamps are developed by the British Standards Institute. Preliminary discussions about the need for a standard have been held with the relevant BSI committee, which includes representatives from government and manufacturers.
If the results of the Department for Transport's consultation paper outlining proposals to permit flashing cycle lamps suggest that a standard is appropriate, the Government will consider introducing basic requirements until a British Standard can be adopted.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: We are presently finalising the regulations taking account of the comments on the draft regulations published last July. We hope to be in a position to make them within the next few weeks.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: I understand that Network Rail and highway authorities work in association to try and reduce the incidence of road vehicles striking railway bridge structures. This includes the provision of signs indicating the location of bridges and their specifications, particularly height. Network Rail investigates all reported incidents as
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The Highways Agency is responsible for implementing the Government's trunk road development control policy on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. The policy is set out in DTLR Circular 04/2001, a copy of which has been placed in the Libraries of the House, and could lead to the Highways Agency raising proper objections to planning applications whether or not the proposed development flows from adopted structure plans.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Tax law in general applies equally to men and women but the law provides differently for married couples than for other couples. The Government will consult on a civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples in the summer, including the implications of such a scheme for tax.
Why the Inland Revenue increased its holding of Coral Group plc Loan Stock Certificate 2010 (Funding Bonds) from £4,166,239 nominal value at 31 March 2001 to £5,515,972 nominal value at 31 March 2002; and why it acquired a holding of £94,247 Coral Eurobet plc Loan Stock Certificates 2010 (Funding Bonds) between those two dates.[HL1017]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: For reasons of taxpayer confidentiality the information requested cannot be supplied. Exemptions 14 (Information given in confidence) and 15 (Statutory and other restrictions) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information apply.
The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Our High Commissioner in Nicosia and members of his staff are in regular contact with Mr Denktash, Turkish Cypriot political leaders and members of civil society. During his visit to Cyprus on 21 and 22 November 2002, the UK Special Representative to Cyprus, Lord Hannay, had meetings with the representatives of Mr Denktash, party leaders and NGOs.
We have also made clear to Turkey that we believe a comprehensive settlement which protects the legitimate interests of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots is attainable. The Prime Minister met Mr Erdogan, leader of Turkey's ruling party, on 12 December and my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary visited Ankara on 4 December.
We urge all parties to come to agreement by the UN deadline of 28 February on the basis of the UN Secretary-General's revised proposals of 10 December. We fully support the UN Secretary-General and his special adviser, Alvaro De Soto.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: On 14 January my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting in London attended by representatives of the Quartet and Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. We are grateful that they were able to attend and contribute. They were joined through a video link by Palestinian Authority Ministers and civil society representatives, as the Israeli Government had unacceptably denied permission for them to travel to London. This arrangement was no substitute for a face to face conference, but we believe the meeting to have been constructive and wide ranging. It will support and complement the efforts of the Quartet on the road map towards a two-state settlement.
This is an objective the whole international community shares. The next step will be meetings in London in early February of the Taskforce on Palestinian Reform and of Quartet envoys. It will take action from all sides, including Israel, to maintain momentum and implement the roadmap.
Her Majesty's Government urged the leaders of all sides to demonstrate the courage necessary to realise their obligations towards one another and turn that realisation into a genuine process of negotiation.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): English Nature currently has no plans for further environmental development along the pinewoods of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.
However, a full environmental impact assessment of the potential effects of any further removal of frontal woodlands on the Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve (NNR) and candidate special area of conservation (cSAC) will be carried out, incorporating public consultation, in 2003.
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