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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Together with our EU and UN partners, we are working with the Government of Rwanda to ensure the delivery and distribution of humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced and other refugees. We are in close contact with the UN agencies and our NGO's about this.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Article 9 of the Convention guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the right to manifest one's religion or beliefs. Article 10 guarantees the right to freedom of expression. The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set out in the two articles is subject to certain limitations which are specified in the Convention. These are limitations which are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of, among other things, public safety, the prevention of disorder or crime, the protection of public order, health or morals, or the protection of the reputation and rights and freedoms of others. The jurisprudence of the European Commission of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights has shown that the Convention cannot be interpreted as permitting unbridled freedom of expression.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Individuals and groups in the UK, as in any other member state, may seek the repeal or amendment of EC legislation through representations to their own Government, the Commission, the European Parliament and other member state governments. The legality of EC Acts may also be challenged in the ECJ in the circumstances and through the procedures set out in Articles 173 and 177 of the Treaty.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The United Kingdom 1994 return to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms was submitted to the United Nations on 1 May 1995. Arrangements have been made for copies of the return to be placed in the Libraries of the House.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The differences between provisional receipts and outlays in 199495 and the forecasts made for the 1994 Budget are given in the following table.
|Central government||Forecast(1)||Provisional outturn||Differences|
|of which: income tax(1)||64.2||63.0||1.2|
|Customs and Excise(1)||73.6||72.5||1.1|
|of which: VAT(1)||43.3||42.2||1.1|
|Social Security contributions (GB)||41.0||40.7||0.3|
|Interest and dividends||7.6||7.8||+0.2|
|Net departmental outlays(1)||250.0||249.0||1.1|
|Net own account borrowing||36.4||38.3||+1.9|
|Local authority borrowing requirement||0.4||0.8||0.4|
|Public corporations' borrowing requirement||1.7||1.9||0.2|
|Public sector borrowing requirement||34.3||35.6||+1.3|
(1) The forecasts are adjusted as necessary for the consequential effects of the Chancellor's statement on 8 December 1994 following the decision to leave the rate of VAT on domestic fuel and power at 8 per cent.
(1) Payments to the Consolidated Fund
(1) Net receipts by Inland Revenue
(1) Net receipts by Customs and Excise
(1) Including some elements of expenditure that are not separately identified
(1) Net of certain receipts, and excluding on-lending to local authorities and public corporations It is not possible at this stage to provide a detailed analysis of the shortfall in income tax receipts.