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Northern Iraq: Turkish Incursion

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are not aware of any basis on which the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe could send a mission to northern Iraq. We are watching the situation in the region with concern. We and our EU partners continue to press at the highest level for the Turks to withdraw their troops at the earliest opportunity.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider that Turkey's invasion of northern Iraq is a violation of Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter, and, if so, whether they will raise the matter in the Security Council.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Turkish Government have explained that their operations in northern Iraq are temporary and aimed solely at destroying PKK capability to mount attacks against Turkey from northern Iraq. There has been no determination by the UN of whether the incursion is a violation of Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What reports have been received from UN personnel and others in northern Iraq about looting, house-to-house searches and the separation of women from men by personnel of the Turkish armed forces.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have received no such reports.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What reports have been received from UN personnel in northern Iraq of restrictions placed on their movements by the Turkish armed forces there; and, if any such reports have been received, whether they will propose to the UN Secretary-General that he raise this matter with the Turkish authorities as a breach of Article 2(5) of the UN Charter, which provides that "all Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter".

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have received no such reports.

Turkey: Arms Supply Embargo Proposal

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, following the example set by Germany, they will propose to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe that all arms shipments to Turkey by participating states be suspended until the Turkish armed forces are withdrawn from northern Iraq.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have no plans to do so. Turkey is a NATO ally with legitimate defence requirements. Proposed UK arms sales to Turkey are subject to stringent licensing procedures. We do not grant licences for the sale of equipment which we believe is likely to be used for internal repression.

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Turkey: Military Supplies Embargo Proposal

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will immediately suspend deliveries of military supplies to Turkey until that country has withdrawn its army from Iraq.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Turkey is a NATO ally with legitimate defence requirements. Proposed UK arms sales to Turkey are subject to stringent licensing procedures. We do not grant licences for the sale of equipment which we believe is likely to be used for internal repression.

Humanism

Lord Dormand of Easington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many local authority syllabus conferences include the teaching of humanism, and in how many cases is humanism included as part of the religious education syllabus.

Lord Lucas: This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Global Warming Costs: "New Scientist" Article

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it is the case, as reported in the New Scientist of 1st April 1995, that an economist at the World Bank's Global Environment Facility has been permitted to calculate the costs of global warming and its possible prevention in terms of the life-time earnings of individuals in different parts of the world, with the result that the life of one US or European citizen is valued at $1.5 million and of a citizen from certain poor countries at $150,000.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): The New Scientist article relates to draft material circulated for comment by Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This group has a remit to review the current economic literature on climate change, including studies of the costs and benefits. It has no remit to make policy recommendations.

Prisoner Transfer Procedures

Lord Holme of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to implement the recommendation of the Woolf Report in respect of prison conditions and if so what proposals they have to accelerate and complete the transfer of appropriate prisoners held in mainland Britain to Northern Ireland.

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The Lord Advocate (Lord Rodger of Earlsferry): The Government's response to the recommendations contained in Lord Justice Woolf's report was set out in the White Paper Custody, Care and Justice and a programme of work addressing the major recommendations was set out.

Prisoners have been able to request transfers between United Kingdom jurisdictions since the Criminal Justice Act 1961 came into force. It is open to any prisoner to request a transfer. Requests are considered on an individual basis against criteria announced to Parliament on 23 November 1992. The criteria are intended to facilitate the orderly movement of small numbers of prisoners between jurisdictions to enable them to maintain and strengthen family ties.

Requests made by prisoners to transfer to Northern Ireland are considered in consultation with my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Each request is determined as quickly as is possible, but the timing of each transfer is subject to operational and security considerations in both jurisdictions.

HIV/AIDS: Public Education Funding

Lord Kilmarnock asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What sums have been spent by the Health Education Authority on HIV/AIDS public education for each year since 1991 and what is the planned allocation to the authority for this work in 1995–96.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The allocation to the Health Education Authority (HEA) for public education covers work on HIV/AIDS and other aspects of sexual health. The following amounts have been spent since 1991–92 (excluding funding for the National AIDS Helpline):

£ million
1991/92 9.071
1992/93 9.776
1993/94 7.060
1994/95 (1)7.406

(1) Provisional.


The amount of money to be provided for this aspect of the HEA's work in 1995/96 has yet to be decided.

NHS: Management Costs

Baroness Jeger asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to their Answer of 23rd February (H.L. Deb., col. WA 76), what was the total cost of management and administration in the NHS including headquarters and costs outside headquarters, as a percentage of the total cost of the NHS, in 1993–94 compared with 1987–88.

Baroness Cumberlege: Expenditure on staff undertaking management and administration duties outside headquarters is part of operational expenditure

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and separate information is not available centrally. However, management, defined as those staff on general and senior managers' terms and conditions, represents only 2.6 per cent. of the total National Health Service workforce and 3.6 per cent. of the total NHS paybill.

Privatisation: Advertising Costs

Lord Molloy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the cost to date of advertising and related matters for privatising publicly owned industries.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): The table shows the cost to the Government of advertising in each privatisation by flotation or secondary share sale since BT (1984). Information on the advertising costs of earlier sales is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Advertising Costs in Privatisations

Share Offer Year Costs (exc. VAT) £ million
BT (1) 1984 9.7
Britoil 1985 3.0
Cable and Wireless 1985 2.2
British Aerospace 1985 1.7
British Gas 1986 21.4
British Airways 1987 2.8
Rolls-Royce 1987 1.6
BAA 1987 4.9
BP 1987 18.3
British Steel 1988 4.9
Water 1989 15.3
Regional Electricity Companies 1990 14.2
Generating Companies (1) 1991 5.6
Scottish Electricity Companies 1991 5.3
BT (2) 1993 14.0
Northern Ireland Electricity 1993 1.1
BT (3) 1993 11.9
Generating Companies (2) 1995 8.1


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