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Written Answers

Monday, 12th June 1995.

Channel Tunnel Safety Authority Annual Report

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority to publish its annual report for the year 1993–1994.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The Channel Tunnel Safety Authority has now published its sixth annual report, covering the period from 1 April 1993 to 31 March 1994. I have today arranged for copies to be placed in the Library of the House.

Working Mothers: Select Committee Recommendations

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in their response to the First Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Employment, Mothers in Employment, their attempt "to balance the potential benefits of the committee's recommendations against their potential impact on the public purse" included consideration of only the immediate spending implications of the committee's recommendations, or whether they also considered potential increases in revenue and reductions in expenditure from allowing mothers to move off benefit and into employment.

Lord Inglewood: The Government considered the immediate and longer term implications for expenditure and revenue of the committee's recommendations.

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Overseas Opposition Groups: UK Policy

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, and if so on what grounds or by what criteria, they propose to discriminate against, or between, certain opposition groups from the Middle East or North Africa, who visit or reside in the United Kingdom.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Whether or not the Government agree with the views expressed by such groups, action will be taken against individual members if they break the law or if in the circumstances the use of immigration powers is warranted.

European Convention on Human Rights: Breaches

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

    Whether they will explain the basis upon which they calculated that France is twelfth in the "league table" for breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights referred to by Baroness Blatch on 25th January (HL Deb, col. 1166) and 29th March (HL Deb, col. 1697).

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The basis for the calculations to which the noble Lord refers was explained in my Answer to him of 9 May (col. WA4).

Regrettably, I have to advise the noble Lord that the revised table enclosed with my subsequent reply on 5 June 1995 (cols. WA86–90) contained a further error in respect of Finland. A corrected table has been placed in the Libraries of the House. This places Finland in 12th position for frequency of violations of the convention, taking into account size of population and the length of time the right of individual petition has been accepted by each State Party. In consequence, France moves down to 13th position in the table, Portugal to 14th and the United Kingdom to 15th. The figures are intended only as a yardstick, however, and not as a precise statistical basis for comparison.

ECHR violations: Comparative table of states' records (based on judgements of European Court of Human Rights)

State party Population Number of violations found by Court (at 29.3.95) Date of acceptance of Art. 25 Number of years of acceptance of Art. 25 Violations per 100,000 at population per annum(71195.3") Position
Austria 8,000,000 27 3.9.58 37 0.0091 5
Belgium 10,054,559 20 5.7.55 40 0.0050 9
Bulgaria 8,982,000 0 7.9.92 3 0.0000
Cyprus 725,000 1 1.1.89 6 0.0230 2
Czech Republic 10,302,000 0 0.0000
Denmark 5,180,614 2 13.4.53 42 0.0009 17
Finland 5,029,000 1 10.5.90 5 0.0040 12
France 56,893,000 29 2.10.81 14 0.00364 13
Germany 81,075,000 11 5.7.55 40 0.0003 19
Greece 10,256,464 6 20.11.85 10 0.0058 7
Hungary 10,278,000 0 5.11.92 3 0.0000
Iceland 264,922 2 29.3.55 40 0.0189 3
Ireland 3,525,719 6 25.2.53 42 0.0041 11
Italy 57,052,000 82 1.8.73 22 0.0065 6
Liechtenstein 29,868 0 8.9.82 13 0.0000
Luxembourg 395,200 0 28.4.58 37 0.0000
Malta 366,541 1 1.5.87 8 0.0341 1
Netherlands 15,240,000 23 28.6.60 35 0.0043 10
Norway 4,299,167 1 10.12.55 40 0.0006 18
Poland 38,300,000 0 1.5.93 2 0.0000
Portugal 9,862,700 6 9.11.78 17 0.00358 14
Romania 22,760,449 0 20.6.94 1 0.0000
San Marino 24,000 0 22.3.89 6 0.0000
Slovakia 5,274,335 0 0.0000
Slovenia 2,020,000 0 20.6.94 1 0.0000
Spain 38,872,268 7 1.7.81 14 0.0013 16
Sweden 8,635,000 21 4.2.52 43 0.0057 8
Switzerland 6,833,750 14 28.11.74 21 0.0098 4
Turkey 60,777,000 0 28.1.87 8 0.0000
United Kingdom 56,467,000 35 14.1.66 29 0.0021 15

(1195.3") Figures rounded to four, or where necessary, five decimal places.


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