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Written Answers — House of Lords: Genetically Modified Crops (12 Jan 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by M Malatesta, F Perdoni, G Santin, S Battistelli, S Muller, M Biggiogera (2008) entitled Hepatoma tissue culture (HTC) cells as a model for investigating the effects of low concentrations of herbicide on cell structure and function...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gulf War Illnesses (13 Jan 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 December (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 257), whether the question of poisoning by organophosphates or related compounds was addressed in the 2003 Medical Research Council review of Gulf research; and whether any comparable review has been conducted in the past five years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gulf War Illnesses (13 Jan 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 December (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 258), why it is necessary to review and peer-review the Department of Veterans' Affairs' findings on Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans when the report contains 68 pages with 1,840 references in peer-reviewed journals. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gulf War Illnesses (13 Jan 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House of Lords copies of reports that provide evidence that they are monitoring the United States research into Gulf War illnesses.

Gulf War Illnesses — Question (10 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I declare an interest, as I know only too well from a personal point of view the effects of chronic exposure to organophosphates. Can the Minister explain why the Ministry of Defence and Defra have so much difficulty in accepting causation when a huge amount of literature indicates exactly what enzymes and cells are destroyed, permanently in many cases, by organophosphates? Why will...

Health: Cognitive Therapy — Question for Short Debate (18 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, from my point of view it is wholly appropriate that this subject should be debated at this time and I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, for her introduction. I declare my interest as chairman of Forward-ME and as patron of several ME charities. While I recognise that there are some patients with a variety of conditions apart from mental illness—cancer, for...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops (23 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 December (WA 42—43), whether the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes has responded to the request for advice from the Food Standards Agency in relation to the safety of genetically modified crops; and, if so, with what results.

Waste Management: Refuse Collection — Question (24 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, is the Minister aware that rats can chew through stainless steel, which means that shutting the lid on a plastic bin and wrapping your stuff in plastic bags is not very effective? Does he agree that bin collections were introduced as a public health measure? Rats and mice spread disease and, if we get too many, a lot of contagious diseases will be spread. Is the Minister's...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Pesticides (30 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government whom they consulted in respect of the European Union Regulation for the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Pesticides (30 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the precautionary principle was exercised in their deliberations upon the European Union Regulation for the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market; and, if so, why they opposed the removal of the most hazardous pesticides, including those which are carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction.

Homelessness: Rough Sleepers — Question (31 Mar 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, do Her Majesty's Government know how many rough sleepers are mentally ill or suffering from learning difficulties? What special provisions are made for them?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Pesticides (1 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the letter written jointly by PAN UK, the Soil Association, Friends of the Earth and the CHEM Trust to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 February on the European Union Regulation for the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gulf War Illnesses (2 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government which organophosphate chemicals and other anticholinesterase chemical and medicinal products are licensed for use in the United Kingdom; and what is the purpose for which they are licensed.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gulf War Illnesses (2 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many research projects commissioned by the Ministry of Defence into Gulf War Illnesses have been placed with researchers at King's College, London, and how many have been placed with other institutions, since 1997.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Foot and Mouth Disease (20 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost of the legal defence for all the cases in which costs incurred by independent contractors during the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic were disputed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; in how many cases the defence was successful; how many cases were lost; and what was the total cost of reimbursement,...

Sri Lanka — Question (22 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the Minister cannot fail to be aware of the Tamils demonstrating outside these buildings. Does he agree that it is understandable that they are anxious about what is happening to their friends and relations whom they have left behind in Sri Lanka? Will he tell the House what Her Majesty's Government are doing to inform the leaders of the demonstrations what the Government can...

Swine Flu — Statement (27 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that we cannot expect a vaccine soon, because the virus mutates rapidly? Therefore, it is important that we should observe simple hygiene practices at home when people have flu. For example, people should not use the same cutlery and crockery as someone with flu, they should not use the same towels, flannels and soap as someone with flu and, if possible,...

Welfare Reform Bill: Second Reading (29 Apr 2009)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, unlike the Minister, I am not sure whether this is the right time for Part 1 of this Bill to be considered. As others have said, the economic climate is far from encouraging, and unemployment is rising rapidly while job vacancies are falling. While I entirely agree with the Government that no one should be allowed to exploit what we euphemistically call "the system"—in reality our...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (5 May 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis are to be reviewed; and, if so, when.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iraq: NAPS Tablets (5 May 2009)

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of Her Majesty's armed forces on military duties in Iraq have been issued with Nerve Agent Pre-treatment Sets (pyridostigmine bromide) since the beginning of 2003; how many are recorded as having taken the tablets; under what circumstances they were taken; and what action has been taken to assess the effects of the medication.


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