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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The full terms of the agreement between Britain and China concerning the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong were published after the agreement was signed on 9 June. They are as follows:
i) The British side agrees to amend the Court of Final Appeal Bill on the basis of the eight suggestions published by the political affairs sub-group of the preliminary working committee of the preparatory committee of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region on 16 May 1995.
ii) The Chinese side agrees to the British side amending the Court of Final Appeal Bill to make it clear that section 83P of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance applies in a case where an appeal has been heard and determined by the Court of Final Appeal, and that there is therefore no need for further legislation or other provisions in relation to the power to inquire into the constitutionality of laws or to provide for post verdict remedial mechanisms.
iii) The British side agrees to amend the Court of Final Appeal Bill to include the formulation of "acts of state" in Article 19 of the Basic Law and to provide that the Court of Final Appeal Ordinance shall not come into operation before 30 June 1997.
iv) The Chinese side agrees that, after the Chinese and British sides reach this agreement, the legislative procedures for the Court of Final Appeal Bill, on which the two sides have reached consensus through consultation, will be taken forward immediately to enable them to be completed as soon as possible before the end of July 1995. The Chinese side will adopt a positive attitude in this regard.
v) The Chinese and British sides agree that the team designate of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region shall, with the British side (including relevant Hong Kong Government departments) participating in the process and providing its assistance, be responsible for the preparation for the establishment of the Court of Final Appeal on 1 July 1997 in accordance with the Basic Law and consistent with the provisions of the Court of Final Appeal Ordinance.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Joint Declaration and the Basic Law provide that the Hong Kong Special Administrative region will be vested with executive, legislative and independent judicial power,
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We received no advance notification of the Turkish operation in northern Iraq from 5 to 11 July. The Turkish Government has announced that the troops involved have now withdrawn. We have heard reports of some civilian casualties. Allied aircraft continue to patrol the northern Iraq no-fly zone.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We understand that of the 242 people arrested after demonstrations outside the Turkish State Security Court on 6 July, 211 have now been released. We regularly make clear our concern about human rights in Turkey, including the question of arbitrary detentions. We prefer to do so by means of direct representations to the Turkish Government.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The objective of work under the Third Pillar is to promote co-operation in the fields of justice and home affairs. The general principles of international law and the co-operative basis of the Third Pillar will normally provide an adequate
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Inter-governmental conferences deal with treaty change rather than policy adjustments. The problems of the CAP stem less from the provisions of the treaty than from the policy which has been subsequently developed on the basis of those provisions. We shall continue to work for reform of the CAP in the appropriate fora.
Whether they will make representations to the Government of China suggesting an increased allocated discount for all medication and hospitalisation for orphans in the state-run orphanages and welfare centres.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in China, including the conditions in Chinese state orphanages, but allocation of Chinese state funds is a matter for the Chinese authorities.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: There is no question of human rights in China not being an issue for the European Union. The European Union issued a declaration on 7 June calling for the release of dissidents detained recently. We are in close contact with our European Union partners and the United States about the detention of Mr. Harry Wu.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): I refer the noble Lord to The Government's Response to the First Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, (Cm 2931) published on the 18 July 1995.
Baroness Blatch: Immigration controls are normally carried out on board all Eurostar services from Paris, but there are occasions when this is not possible. This is not because of staffing shortages but for a variety of operational reasons. The Immigration Service is striving to keep these exceptions to a minimum and to ensure that, when controls are carried out on arrival at Waterloo, passengers are dealt with speedily and within the published service standards.
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