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Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Inglewood: The United Kingdom's reservations to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are reviewed regularly. In June 1993 the Government announced it was withdrawing part of its reservation under Article 11 on underground work and its reservation under Article 13 on tax. All changes to reservations are fully reported in the Government's periodic reports to the Convention. The next UK report is due to be published in June 1995.

Human Rights Convention: Equality of Rights

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Inglewood: The Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights, on which the United Kingdom is represented, is currently considering the necessity for, and feasibility of, an optional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. The Government awaits the outcome of these discussions.

Employment Appeal Tribunals: Case Waiting Times

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the average annual period of time within which appeals have been determined by the English and Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunals during each of the last 10 years.

Lord Inglewood: The average length of time is shown in the following table:

Year England and Wales (months) Scotland (months)
1985 24 4–5
1986 12 4–5
1987 3 4–5
1988 8 4–5
1989 12 4–5
1990 15 4–5
1991 18 4–5
1992 18 4–5
1993 24 4–5
1994 13 4–5

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many appeals have been decided by the English and Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunals for each year during the past five years.

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Lord Inglewood: The number of appeals decided were as follows:

Year England and Wales Scotland
1990 230 54
1991 183 63
1992 283 64
1993 359 70
1994 564 72

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What period of time they consider to be reasonable within which the Employment Appeal Tribunals should determine appeals.

Lord Inglewood: Additional resources have been allocated to the Employment Appeal Tribunal to cope with the rising caseload. As a result there has been a substantial reduction in waiting times from 24 months in 1993 to 13 months at the end of 1994 and the Government aim to continue this progress.

Rwanda and Burundi: Diplomatic Representation

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What action they are taking to strengthen their diplomatic representation in Rwanda and Burundi.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): We have informed the Government of Rwanda of our intention to replace the British Government's Liaison Office in Kigali with an Embassy as soon as protocol and staffing formalities permit. We have also established a temporary office in Bujumbura staffed by a Diplomatic Service officer.



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