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Lord Northbourne asked Her Majesty's Government:

Earl Ferrers: British Coal Property is a division of the British Coal Corporation. British Coal Corporation is currently considering the handling of contamination liabilities attaching to land which is to be transferred to new owners although I understand that it is the general intention that such liabilities will transfer with the land. British Coal Corporation, including its property division, is to be dissolved in due course, and it is Her Majesty's Government's intention that outstanding liabilities of British Coal Corporation will be dealt with responsibly before the corporation is dissolved.

Vauxhall Cross

Lord Sefton of Garston asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The latest figure for the costs of equipping the building at Vauxhall Cross is £81.2 million (at 1995–96 prices) as shown in the Cabinet Office departmental report. It is lower than the original estimate of £90 million given to the noble Lord by my noble friend the Lord Strathclyde, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, on 8 June 1992 (Official Report, col. WA 73). For security reasons it would be wrong to give any further breakdown of the costs. The Comptroller and Auditor-General and the National Audit Office will have full access to the details of the project.

Gibraltar: Self-Determination

Lord Merrivale asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Our policy has consistently been that while we support the principle or right of self-determination, reflecting the wishes of the people concerned, it must be exercised in accordance with the other principles and rights in the United Nations Charter as well as other treaty obligations. In the case of Gibraltar, the right of self-determination is circumscribed by Article X of the Treaty of Utrecht. We are willing to look at options for constitutional change, if that is what Gibraltar wants. But they have to be compatible with the Treaty of Utrecht and they have to be realistic.

Natural Resources Institute

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How they reconcile their planned reduction of staff strength at the Natural Resources Institute by more than 25 per cent. with their own analysis that NRI's expertise is increasingly sought by outside clients in the development aid community and their expressed determination to expand this aspect of the Institute's activities.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: There is indeed increasing demand for NRI's services from external clients. This is projected to rise by some 70 per cent. by the turn of the century. On that basis, it would constitute about one-third of NRI's income, as compared with an estimated 14 per cent. in 1994–95. This shift in the source as well as the level and nature of demand has been fully taken into account in the business projections which underlie the restructuring proposals announced on 5 April.

China: Population Policy and Human Rights

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider that China's family planning policy constitutes a coercive population programme, of the kind condemned by the UNFPA.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Government and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are aware of reports of human rights abuses associated with population activities in China. We are deeply concerned about these, as is UNFPA. We know that UNFPA is working to promote a more humane population policy in China.

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish in the Official Report, or place in the Library of the House, recent clear statements made by the International Planned Parenthood Federation condemning coercive population policies in China.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: I refer my noble friend to the reply I gave him on 19 January at col. WA 51 of the Official Report. The statements referred to have been placed in the Library of the House.

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Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish in the Official Report the letter of Mr. Steven W. Mosher dated 1st March 1995 to the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on the coercive nature of China's population control policy, a copy of which has been supplied to them by the Lord Braine of Wheatley.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We will place a copy of this letter in the Libraries of the House.

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the UNFPA programmes in China are operated consistently with Article 42 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women 1992; and if so, whether they will reconsider their funding for such programmes.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) assistance to China, as in all other countries where they provide assistance, operates on the basis of adherence to fundamental human rights standards. UNFPA has several projects in China which are specifically designed to improve the status of women, through literacy training, empowerment opportunities and quality care in the areas of maternal and child health and family planning including informed consent and contraceptive choices. At the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in September 1994, the Chinese Government endorsed, without reservation, the programme of action which includes human rights and gender equality principles.

IPPF and UNFPA: UK Grants

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish in the Official Report a table showing the sums given to the International

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    Planned Parenthood Federation and the UNFPA in each financial year since 1984 together with the principal uses of which such sums are put.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The UK's contributions to the core activities of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are as follows:

Financial years 1983/84–1994/95 £ thousands

IPF UNFPA
1983/84 3,000 3,000
1984/85 4,500 4,500
1985/86 5,400 4,500
1986/87 6,000 5,000
1988/89 6,000 5,250
1989/90 6,250 5,500
1990/91 6,670 6,000
1991/92 7,000 7,500
1992/93 7,500 9,000
1993/94 (1)11,000 (1)10,500
1994/95 (1)6,500 (1)11,250

(1)This includes £7.5 million for 1993 core grant;

£3.5 million first tranche of 1994 core grant, paid in financial year 1993–94

(1) This includes £4 million second tranche of 1994 core grant;

£1.5 million additional core funds;

£1 million for contraceptive supplies to the former Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe

(1) This includes £7 million for 1993 core grant;

£3.5 million first tranche of 1994 core grant, paid in financial year 1993–94

(1)This includes £3.5 million second tranche of 1994 core grant;

£1.5 million to assist with follow-up work to the International Conference on Population and Development;

£1.5 million for contraceptive supplies;

£1 million additional core funds;

£3.75 first tranche of 1995 core grant, paid in financial year 1994–95


In addition to these core grants, we have been contributing to IPPF's aids prevention project/sexual health programme since 1987. We also provide funds, to both UNFPA and IPPF for specified purposes, from our bilateral programmes.



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