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21 November, reference S/1995/975.
On Sierra Leone, the UN Secretary-General's report of 21 November notes the use by the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) of "non-Sierra Leonean advisers to improve the fighting skills of its troops, instil discipline and upgrade command and control". The details of any contracts with foreign companies are a matter for the Sierra Leonean Government.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Following his defection in August 1995, Hussein Kamil al-Majid told the press that Saddam Hussein ordered his troops in October 1994, as they were massing near the Kuwaiti border, to loot Kuwait. This firmly suggests that Iraq intended to move forces across the border, and underscores the continuing threat that they pose to regional stability.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We estimate that Iraq deployed 20,000 troops from the republican guard including armoured, mechanised and infantry divisions, and up to 300 tanks. UK forces played a prompt and effective role with allied forces in deterring this aggressive act, and securing an early Iraqi withdrawal.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The deployment of Iraqi troops close to the border with Kuwait coincided with the arrival of about 2,000 to 3,000 people, including Lebanese, Palestinians and stateless. Those involved appeared to have come from various parts of Iraq, not Kuwait. We have seen nothing to suggest that the group was armed.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Copies of reports submitted to the Human Rights Committee by states parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are freely available in UN document form from the UN Office in Geneva and the UN Information Centre in London. The House of Commons Library receives copies from UN Documents Section, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who can also provide copies on request.
10 November at 08.50.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have no knowledge of plans to rehabilitate the Liberian rubber industry at this stage of the peace process. When this issue is addressed, it will be for those responsible to seek out the best available expertise.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have received reports that Captain Hydara died in detention from hypertension and liver failure. Mr. Ceesay's body was discovered in a burnt out car. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group has not yet met but it has been tasked to assess infringements of Harare Declaration principles and recommend measures for collective Commonwealth action.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Traffic authorities should not discriminate between types of motor vehicles when allowing an exemption for loading and unloading in a traffic regulation order that restricts waiting, and we would not encourage them to do so. The activities for which motorcycles are parked temporarily, however, may not always fall within the definition of loading and unloading. That can only be determined on a case by case basis.
Viscount Goschen: We are today beginning consultation on raising the limit on air transport movements at Stansted. This follows the application by BAA plc, the airport operator, to increase the limit to 150,000 movements each year. The department is seeking views on this option, as well as on an alternative option of increasing the limit to 120,000 movements a year. When planning permission was granted for the development of Stansted, an upper limit was placed on the number of air transport movements each year to ensure that the local infrastructure could cope with air traffic growth. We now need to decide whether it is time to increase that upper limit, and if so by how much, taking account of local interests and without unduly restricting the airport's ability to grow.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): Following completion of the first stage of his Financial, Management and Policy Review of the Commission for Local Administration in England, Sir Geoffrey Chipperfield presented his report to the Secretary of State and to the Chairman of the Commission on 30 November. The report is now being carefully considered by Ministers and by the Commission and it will be published for wider consultation in due course.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): Advertisements inviting expressions of interest have been placed for a number of areas of work which the department proposes to put out to tender. It was open to voluntary sector providers to respond to these advertisements and several have done so.
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