Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, we may be better at breaking up ships than the Americans, but does my noble friend agree that with the enormous risks that exist in bringing ships 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, the situation is an absolute nonsense? Does he not believe that the Americans should break up their own ships in their own country?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, the Question clearly asks, "whether there is any viable alternative for financing higher education other than the raising of tuition fees". My noble friend may not agree with the alternative, but will she concede that it is viable to raise the money through general taxation as an alternative?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I understand that the chairman and executives of a company have a remuneration package which, as my noble friend says, is the responsibility of the company. However, part of that remuneration package is a pension provision. Is it not obscene for the chairman and executives to protect themselves with regard to their pension arrangements when at the same time they are destroying the...
Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have for a new licensing scheme for public collections.
Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for Service Children's Education for financial year 2003–04.
Lord Davies of Coity: I understood the noble and learned Lord to say that he did not believe that a jury was a bulwark against the establishment. Let us assume that that is correct. Is it not also correct that the perception is very clear by the people of this country that if a judge makes the judgment, that is a judgment by the establishment, whereas if a judgment is made by a jury, it is not one made by the...
Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: When detailed results from the 2001 census for wards and smaller areas in England and Wales will be published.
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Brookman for introducing this important, if somewhat overdue, debate. United Kingdom steel production, on the one hand, and United Kingdom manufacturing, on the other, may well have differing characteristics, but the disastrous circumstances they face are not dissimilar—closures, contraction, lack of investment and job loss. That is the...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that it is still the case that before you can receive or obtain a road fund tax disc, you have to provide a certificate of insurance? If people do not have a road fund tax disc on their car, the chances are that they have no insurance either, which is one means of identifying them.
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can my noble and learned friend advise me of the prime purpose and the major advantages of merging the two offices with his, in view of the fact that he does not have overall responsibility?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I recognise that if we are to avoid age discrimination it will be necessary to adjust the existing law in respect of unfair dismissal, particularly in terms of redundancy. But is my noble friend saying that the legislation will provide that if a person is dismissed from employment at the age of 65, irrespective of any other circumstances, such a dismissal will automatically be unfair?
Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that the legal aid system provides good value for money.
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Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am sure that my noble friend is aware that, in industry generally, if an employer or one of his servants is neglectfully responsible for the death of another employee, considerable insurance payments are made in compensation. Can the Minister say whether any such approach is taken in respect of soldiers killed as a result of so-called friendly fire?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, with regard to my noble friend's reply to the noble Lord, Lord Renton, that a relatively small number of foxes are killed by hunting and that most of them are killed by other means on the basis of pest control, does he acknowledge that if hunting is banned far greater numbers will be killed as a result of those other means?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, given the perilous state of the British steel industry, can the Minister confirm that, contrary to a European Commission recommendation, the British Government in a fairly recent meeting of the Council of Ministers opposed the application for anti-dumping measures against unfairly traded imports of hot-rolled coil from Egypt, Slovakia and Turkey? If that was their stance, what is...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, the Question refers quite specifically to how Her Majesty's Government intend to improve relationships with the Government and the people of France. Can the Minister advise the House as to the extent to which the French Government and the people of France intend to improve relationships with Britain?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I understand the Minister's comments on the commercial realities of the steel industry. However, does he recognise that in the past 30 years the productivity increase in the British steel industry has meant a reduction in jobs from about 267,000 to about 26,000 jobs? Does he recognise, too, that the difficulties facing the British steel industry result from dumping on the world...