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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): My noble friend Viscount Astor was last year asked to take special responsibility for Stonehenge, in consultation with other interested departments and with English Heritage. This is an aspect of my department's work for which I now have responsibility, in support of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State.
Mr. Justice Sedley and Mr. Justice Turner finding abuses of power and unfairness in ex parte Norney, ex parte Sun Myung Moon, and ex parte Pierson: and, if not, why not.
In ex parte Moon, Mr. Justice Sedley declined to find the decision to exclude Reverend Moon irrational, but held that an opportunity to make representation had not been given. The finding is of limited application in cases where exclusion is ordered on grounds that a person's
In ex parte Norney, Mr. Justice Dyson held an aspect of the practice of referring the cases of discretionary life sentence prisoners to the Parole Board to be unlawful. This practice has now been changed and my right honourable friend has accordingly decided not to appeal.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): Following further planning work, a requirement for about 460 TA and Army reservists has been identified in the UK's contribution to the NATO Implementation Force. In order to allow a margin for those who prove to be medically unfit or otherwise unsuitable for service, we have authorised the call-out of up to 550 members of the Territorial Army and Army Reserve. All are volunteers for the operation. They will report to the Infantry Training Centre Catterick for medical screening, and selection and acceptance into service. Those who deploy will undertake refresher training before joining their units.
Earl Howe: NATO planning for a peace implementation force in Bosnia provides for the force, including the US contribution, to come under the direction and political control of the North Atlantic Council through the NATO chain of command.
Earl Howe: The Dayton agreement invited the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution authorising NATO to take responsibility for establishing a peace implementation force in Bosnia. The force will operate under the political control of the North Atlantic Council. British units will operate under NATO rules of engagement. These will be consistent with the requirements of self defence and will ensure the force can carry out its mission effectively.
Earl Howe: UK aircraft, along with those of other NATO nations, attacked a number of Bosnian Serb targets during Operation Deliberate Force, including some positions in the vicinity of Sarajevo. This was part of an operation to deter further attacks against Sarajevo and other safe areas. All targets were carefully selected by UN and NATO commanders in accordance with this objective.
Earl Howe: The cost of the 1994 UK deployment to the Gulf in defence of a threat to Kuwait from Iraq amounted to £10.0 million. Kuwait paid the UK £5 million of these costs and provided host nation support free of charge. Free host nation support was also provided by other Gulf countries but there were no additional financial contributions.
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