the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I remind the noble Lord that he has already spoken.
the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the phrase "medically unexplained symptoms" in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme guidance if the World Health Organization decides it will no longer use this term; and if so, what terminology will be used instead.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, with all courtesy to the noble Lord, perhaps he would get the feeling of the House, which is to have the Minister stand on his feet.
the Countess of Mar: Noble Lords may get up only once, and the noble Lord has already done so.
the Countess of Mar: It is Report.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the noble Baroness has not responded to the question from the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, who was referring particularly to mothers of infants. There is no special nursery care for those, and mothers should be with their infants in the early stages.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the Food Standards Agency is very reliant on local environmental health officers for enforcement. In the light of the poverty of local authorities and the cutting back in the number of environmental health officers, are the Government sure that enforcement can take place as it should?
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I hope that noble Lords will forgive my confusion about a technical matter. The amendment states: “Page 1, line 2, at end insert”. However, line 2 on page 1 comes immediately after, “The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day”. Can noble Lords make clear what exactly we are debating? The amendment states: “Subsection (2) applies if, and only if”. The...
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the noble Lord should be allowed to develop his arguments. The amendment is not on the table yet—it has not been put by the Speaker. So I ask the noble Lord, out of courtesy, to let the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, finish speaking.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, may I help the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, in his question about the rules of debate? If he were to make a point that I had not understood, I could ask him to clarify his point and he would then be allowed to get up a second time to do that, just briefly.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, when I joined the Civil Service in 1959 as a clerical officer, we had equal pay, and I was horrified to read that this no longer persists in Whitehall. Can the Minister explain why, given that the Act came in in 1970, Her Majesty’s Government and previous Governments have not done something about it?
the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 18 January (HL4484), whether they consider the completed "cases of suicide", listed in the current mefloquine product information leaflet as reported psychiatric adverse reactions to the drug, to be permanent.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the noble Lord will not be moving his amendment at this stage: he will be speaking to it.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, can the Minister explain why remote parts of mountainous Norway and even remoter villages in China can have high-speed broadband but we in the United Kingdom cannot?
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the Minister briefly mentioned care farms. Does he agree that they are an ideal way of encouraging children who have become disaffected with school and, indeed, disaffected with society, bringing them back into society when they are not suited to desk learning? They can learn through such things as looking after animals, growing plants and working in forestry. This is an ideal way...
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the noble Baroness the Leader of the House mentioned that the ongoing risk to public health is low, but I am concerned about the 38 people who reported to the hospital that they had been exposed last Sunday. I know that the noble Baroness has seen the report in the Times of an interview with Mr Vil Mirzayanov, who said that the chemical was 10 times more powerful than nerve gas,...
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. Paragraph 4.36 of the Companion suggests that: “In debates where there are no formal time limits, members opening or winding up, from either side, are expected to keep within 20 minutes. Other speakers are expected to keep within 15 minutes”. The noble Lord has spoken for 18 minutes. I wonder whether he would consider the tolerance of the...
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I am sorry to interrupt the noble Baroness but is she aware that this is the time for Back-Bench questions, not for statements or discussion?
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, the noble Baroness the Leader of the Opposition wished the police officer involved a full recovery. I know from experience, as do hundreds of farmers, that any exposure to organo-phosphates is permanent and irreversible. Will the Minister ensure that anyone exposed is looked at for psychoneurological and autonomic nervous system problems, because that seems to be where it strikes most?
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I support Amendment 66 and the words of my noble friend Lord Krebs. I put in a note of caution here. The noble Lord asked that we mirror European law as it stands. Hot off the press came an announcement yesterday—I thank the European Environmental Bureau for this—with the headline, “Precautionary in principle, flawed in fact: European Commission review accepts environmental...