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Lord Spens asked Her Majesty's Government:

Earl Ferrers: The interim report itself draws attention to the possibility that the views expressed therein might change in the light of evidence to emerge during the Guinness trials. Those who were sent the report are well aware of its status and of subsequent developments including the reference to the Court of Appeal.

In these circumstances there are no plans to withdraw the interim report.

Lord Spens asked Her Majesty's Government:

Earl Ferrers: No.

Lord Spens asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Earl Ferrers: The total cost of the inspection to the end of January 1995 was £2,458,000. The latest estimate of the total costs to finish the enquiry is £3 million. Any assessment of value for money must await completion of a final report.

EU Anti-sex Discrimination Legislation

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will make public all the information available to them concerning the implementation in other member states of the European Union laws forbidding sex discrimination in the armed services.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): The implementation of EC legislation is a matter for individual member states, and my department therefore does not keep a central record of such information.

Trident: Operational Control

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the United States-made Trident missiles that are being installed in United Kingdom submarines will, like all United States nuclear weapons systems, be equipped with coded control devices or permissive action links; and, if so, whether these devices and links will, to their knowledge, be under exclusive British control, and how they will be able to verify this.

Lord Henley: We do not comment in detail on the command and control arrangements for our nuclear weapons. As I told the House on 20 February, however, the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent is fully operationally independent.

Burmese Military Personnel: Training in UK

Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Burmese military personnel received training with British military establishments during 1992–93; and, if so, what kind of training was provided and when did it cease.

Lord Henley: No training was provided for Burmese military personnel at British military establishments during 1992–93. A civilian doctor from Burma attended a medical course in 1992.

European Commission Members: Pensions

Lord Willoughby de Broke asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What sum is received by way of pension entitlement by retired members of the European Commission, expressed in pounds sterling.

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Lord Henley: The pension entitlements of retired members of the European Commission are dependent on individual circumstances, details of which are not available to us. The criteria for calculation of pension entitlements are set out in Articles 77 to 84 of the regulations and rules applicable to officials and other servants of the European Communities, a copy of which is available in the Library.

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Single European Currency: Advantages to Britain

Lord Ashbourne asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What would be the economic advantages to Britain of joining a single European currency.

Lord Henley: It is too early to assess the possible effects of UK participation, or non-participation.

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