Minicab Law: Enforcement
Lord Brabazon of Tara asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have any plans to review, or increase from five, the number of specially trained Metropolitan Police officers within the "cab law enforcement section" at Scotland Yard who enforce existing minicab touting legislation within London.[HL2457]
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The enforcement of the relevant legislation, and the staffing of the Cab Enforcement Section in the Metropolitan Police are operational matters for the Commissioner. He tells me that enforcement is undertaken by other officers, in addition to the ones in the section, and that he has no plans at present to vary the establishment of the section.
Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 15 April (WA 133) and in view of the fact that members of General Pinochet's staff maintain that some of the police officers who arrested General Pinochet were armed, whether they will reconsider that reply; and whether they will undertake to meet members of General Pinochet's staff to clear up this conflict of evidence.[HL2467]
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Lord Williams of Mostyn: I have confirmed with the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis that the police officers who arrested Senator Pinochet were unarmed. We see no need to meet with any members of Senator Pinochet's staff.
Mitochondrial Disease: Human Embryo Research
Lord Walton of Detchant asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, in view of the brain damage and progressive muscular weakness which result from mitochondrial disease, they intend to introduce regulations to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 so as to permit nuclear transfer from the ovum of a mother carrying an abnormal mitochondrial gene into a donated ovum, thus enabling these women to have normal children, who would carry the full complement of the maternal nuclear DNA.[HL2533]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): The joint report from the Human Genetics Advisory Commission and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Cloning Issues in Reproductive Science and Medicine recommended that regulations should be made under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 to allow research on human embryos for two additional purposes: developing methods of therapy for mitochondrial disease and developing methods of therapy for diseased or damaged tissues or organs.
The Government's response to the recommendations of that report will be published shortly.
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