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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Ministers have yet to make their final decisions on the reform of the death certification and coroner system. I anticipate that a paper will be published early this year that will set out the Government's position based on consideration of all the recent reports. The experiences of bereaved families when coming into contact with the coroner service were looked at in detail as part of the fundamental review 2003 and as part of the work of the Shipman inquiry. Any changes will take into account the requirements and expectations of different faith groups and communities, as discussed in the debate on 24 January 2001.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Government have no plans at present to do so, but will listen carefully to any forthcoming debates on the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Religious Offences and on the Privy Counsellor Review Committee report on the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, both of which touch on this issue.
Whether in accordance with their public duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000,
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Government as a whole are not themselves subject to the duty to promote race equality under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. However, individual government departments, including the Home Office, are.
The collation of a central list of racist organisations is not a specific duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act and the Home Office does not maintain such a list. However, we will consider introducing such a list should a need become apparent.
We have no plans to amend the enforcement powers available under existing legislation. The existing law provides sanctions against racially discriminatory behaviour under the Race Relations Act 1976. The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Public Order Act 1986 provide the criminal justice agencies with the powers to take action against organisations or individuals who commit criminally racist acts. Should a need become apparent, however, we will review the situation.
My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has recently agreed with the view that membership of groups such as the British National Party (BNP) by police officers should be made a disciplinary offence.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The 1996-based household projections showed that the number of households in England were projected to grow from 20.2 million in 1996 to 24 million in 2021, an increase of 3.8 million or 19 per cent. The sensitivity analyses shows that increasing the assumed net international migration from 66,000 to 103,000 per year would increase the projected number of additional households over the same period by 416,000. It is not possible to estimate the effect of net international migration of around 158,000 per year.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): Claims made by Iraqis for losses that do not arise in connection with combat operations are handled in accordance with the direction of the Coalition Provisional Authorityspecifically Section 6 of CPA order number 17. This states that:
"Third party claims including those for property loss or damage and for personal injury and death or in respect of any other matter arising from or attributing to Coalition personnel or any persons employed by them, whether normally resident in Iraq or not, and that do not arise in connection with military combat operations, shall be submitted and dealt with by the Parent State whose coalition personnel, property, activities or other assets are alleged to have caused the claimed damage, in a manner consistent with the national laws of the Parent State".
Lord Bach: The requirement for a High G Centrifuge facility is under review. An in-service date will not be set until the main investment decision. Subject to the outcome of the present review this is likely to be in the second half of the decade.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): State registered chiropodists/podiatrists have long-standing exemptions under medicines legislation which allow them to sell or supply a specified range of medicines direct to their patients. They are able to sell or supply any general sale List (GSL) product for external use provided the medicine is pre-packed and the supply is in the course of their professional practice. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has just completed a public consultation exercise on the reclassification of Lamisil 1% Cream and Lamisil 1% Spray from P (Pharmacy) to GSL. Both products are for topical administration. The agency is now considering the responses to the consultation exercise.
Lord Warner: Figures for the percentage of children in England who are obese, as defined by the 95th body mass index (BMI) percentiles of the United Kingdom reference curves, in relation to socio-economic status are available based on data from the Health Survey for England and are shown in the table. No figures are available for the percentage of young children who are malnourished.
|Managerial and professional occupations||13.7||11.2||16.8||10.8||16.5||16.3||14.3|
|Small employers and own account workers||19.9||13.9||15.4||13.5||7.5||20.0||14.8|
|Lower supervisory and technical occupations||9.7||19.7||19.7||10.8||18.3||17.7||17.0|
(1) equal to or greater than 95th BMI centile
1. Cole TJ, Freeman JV, and Preece MA. Body mass index reference curves for the UK, 1990. Arch. Dis.Child. 1995; 73: 25-29.