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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The status of the Hanish Islands has remained indeterminate since the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which provided that the future of the islands would be settled by the parties concerned. Maps of the region at that time are now with the Public Record Office.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): It is for individual ambulance services to determine the number of ambulances which meet their requirements, and total numbers in England and Wales are not held centrally.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The Government have considered the Law Commission Report on Mental Incapacity very carefully and are grateful to the many individuals and organisations who have sent in their views on this subject. The Government appreciate that this is an important and sensitive subject,
The Government have decided not to legislate on the basis of the Law Commission's proposals in their current form and have also concluded that it would be inappropriate to make any proposals to Parliament in the absence of full public consultation. The Government propose to issue a consultation paper on mental incapacity in due course.
The Government wish to emphasise that they fully support the view of the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics that euthanasia is unacceptable and have no plans to change this policy. The Government's consultation will thus not include any proposals on this subject.
The Lord Chancellor: The Government have decided not to take forward these reforms, on the basis that, although they are desirable in themselves, they do not contain sufficient practical benefits to outweigh the risks of proceeding with them and to justify disturbing the present long established body of case law on this subject.
(a) Whether they would expect there to be a loss in tax revenue if pensions could be split after divorce;
(b) If so, what that loss would be on a yearly basis up to the year 2020; and
(c) At what rate the pensions of divorced persons would require to be taxed to make the splitting of pensions after divorce cost-neutral in income tax terms.
These estimates are based on data from the Survey of Personal Incomes, and the 1991 Government Actuary's Department survey of occupational pension schemes, and use the assumption that pensions will be split in up to three-quarters of divorces of first time marriages in which one spouse has substantial pension rights and the other has no non-state pension entitlement, and that the whole of the accrued pension is split. It is also assumed that two-thirds of those who are subject to a pension split on divorce will choose at least partially to rebuild their pension by making additional contributions.
It is not possible to say what rate of income tax would need to be applied to the pensions of divorced persons to make splitting of pensions on divorce cost-neutral as this will depend on the circumstances of each divorced couple when their pensions come into payment.
15 March. Lord Lloyd is writing, with the same invitation, to a wide range of interested parties throughout the United Kingdom. He will, in the course of his review, seek to elicit the widest possible range of fact and opinion.
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