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Iran: People's Mujaheddin Organisation (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I think the House wishes to hear from the noble and learned Lord, Lord Slynn.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Discrimination (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: We note the judgment of the European Court of Justice in this case, as such decisions can only help to ensure that member states are fully compliant with the directive. The case broadly concerned the enforcement powers that may be required to deal with situations where unlawful discrimination is apparent, but no individual victim has been identified. The Equality and Human Rights Commission...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Regional Ministers (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Regional Ministers do not have executive powers, and it is for departmental Ministers to answer Parliamentary Questions on issues pertaining to their department's responsibilities. The Government believe, however, that regional Ministers should be accountable to Parliament for their activities and fulfilling the roles set out in The Governance of Britain Green Paper, and have made proposals...

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Security (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The Government expect to put forward their proposals shortly.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: I regularly discuss this matter with ministerial colleagues and I have recently written to all Cabinet colleagues emphasising the importance of answering Questions for Written Answer within the 14-day deadline. My office also regularly reminds departments of the importance of responding to Questions within the deadline and registers concern with the relevant department every time an Answer...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Records show that 14 Questions on immigration issues were overdue for answer on 30 June. My office is working closely with the Home Office to improve the department's performance on Questions for Written Answer.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown MP) has made the following Statement. I have today published the ninth report of the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. The report provides an account of the work of the committee in giving advice about appointments that Ministers and senior Crown servants wish to take up after leaving office. The report covers...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Council of Europe and Western European Union (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) has made the following Statement in the House of Commons. The United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the Western European Union is as follows: Leader: Rt. Hon John Prescott MP Full representatives Substitute representatives John Austin MP Rt. Hon Lord Anderson of...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Intelligence: Commissioners' Annual Reports (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown MP) has made the following Statement. I have today laid before both Houses the annual reports of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, the right honourable Sir Christopher Rose (HC 659), of the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the right honourable Sir Paul Kennedy (HC 947) and of the Intelligence Services Commissioner, the...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Ministerial Gifts (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown MP) has made the following Statement in the House of Commons. I have today published lists of gifts given and gifts received by Ministers. Both lists provide details of gifts valued at more than £140 for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008. Copies of the lists have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Ministerial Travel 2007-08 (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My right honourable friend, the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) has made the following Statement in the House of Commons. I am today publishing a list of all visits overseas undertaken by Ministers costing £500 or more during the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008, which has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The list provides details of the date, destination and purpose of all...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Special Advisers (22 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Listed below are the names of special advisers in post at 22 July 2008, the special advisers' pay ranges for 2008-09, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department and the total pay bill cost of special advisers for 2007-2008. All special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers to provide...

Written Answers — House of Lords: European Union Committee: Letters to Ministers (21 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Mr Byrne apologises for the delay in responding to the chairman of the European Union Select Committee and he has now responded to the Lord Grenfell. The Government value the important work done by Select Committees, and I am working with ministerial colleagues to ensure that delays of this kind do not occur in the future.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Equality: Disabled People (17 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The Government welcome the opportunity to consider the Commission's proposal for a new anti-discrimination directive and will work constructively with our European and domestic partners to ensure that any directive adopted is effective in tackling discrimination across the EU.

Liaison Committee (16 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I shall say something about the statistics committee, which I have thus far—I use the words advisedly—failed to achieve. The reason that the time lag was so long was that I consulted way beyond my opposite number in order to try to put the case. Indeed, I have said to the noble Lords, Lord Moser and Lord Jenkin, that the game is not over yet, if I can put it like that. We should...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Equalities Office (16 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Of the 88 staff working in the Government Equalities Office, 11 (12 per cent) are from black and minority ethnic groups and 49 (56 per cent) are female.

Aviation: Air Quality (14 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I say to my noble friend that I feel the House wants to move on to the next Question.

Energy: Nuclear Development Forum (14 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, it is the turn of the Liberal Democrats, but there is time for both noble Lords.

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, on monitoring sanctions, it will be important to pick up what my noble friend has said and look at what has been successful in the past. I do not pretend to have detailed knowledge of which of the sanctions regimes has been the most successful, but it will be very important to make sure that this is an effective method.

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord takes a different view from me on the subject and I hesitate to join him in debate at this point. It is important to ensure that in everything we do to protect the environment, we are mindful of our economic needs and our desire to continue strong economic growth. It has always been our view that these desires are not incompatible; the question is to make sure that...


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