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Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: Discussions with the Department of Health, about a range of possible benefit changes, take place on an ongoing basis, as and when necessary. The cost implications for the Department of Health, of changes to lone parent benefits announced in the Social Security Uprating Statement on 29 November 1995, were assessed as negligible.
Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: There are likely to be a number of reasons why parents with care do not return their forms quickly and we have no reason to suppose that a maintenance disregard would act as an incentive. The Child Support Agency Customer Satisfaction Survey 1994 found that the most common reasons that parents with care gave for not filling in the form straight away were that they:
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Section 145 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 reduces to 18 the minimum age at which two men may engage in consensual homosexual acts in private.
Section 144 of the aforesaid act revised penalties for buggery and indecency between men. Information on court proceedings data for sexual offences as amended by Section 144 will not be available until the autumn.
Baroness Blatch: Special constables who are injured while on duty are entitled to benefits--"sick pay"--which are prescribed in the following regulations: The Special Constables Regulations 1965; the Special Constables (Pensions) Regulations 1971 as amended by the Special Constables (Pensions) Regulations 1973 as amended by the Special Constables (Pensions) Regulations 1980; the Special Constables (Injury Benefit) Regulations 1987; and the Special Constables (Amendment) (Number 2) Regulations 1992.
The current Working Group on the Special Constabulary, under Home Office chairmanship, has been considering the compensation arrangements for specials injured on duty as part of its terms of reference. The working group is expected to report to Ministers within the next few months.
Baroness Blatch: The numbers of asylum seekers, excluding dependants, removed from the United Kingdom without substantive consideration of their applications (mainly on safe third country grounds) since 1992 are as follows:
Lord Lucas: The Pesticides Safety Directorate exchanges information with the pesticide regulatory authorities in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as does the Veterinary Medicines Directorate with the bodies responsible for the authorisation of veterinary medicines in those countries. Application of the regulations for the use of such products in each of those countries is a matter for the regulatory authorities concerned.
(a) the British lettuce growing industry
(b) the London double decker bus and British midi-bus;
(c) British vets when treating horses; or
(d) those who use Emtryl when rearing game birds in the United Kingdom.
Lord Lucas: (a)We continue to oppose the European Commission's proposals to set statutory limits for nitrate in certain vegetables, including lettuce, on the grounds that there is no scientific evidence that they would improve the safety of food for the UK consumer. Following our sustained and vigorous representation, the Commission has recently issued for discussion a revised proposal which has taken on board many of the UK's concerns.
(b) The Commission is expected to make a formal proposal for a bus and coach construction directive to complete the single market in bus and coach manufacturing early this year. The UK will continue to argue for existing vehicle types, including double deck buses and midi-buses, to be protected.
(c) Under Council Regulation (EEC) 2377/90 there is a requirement to establish EU wide Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for veterinary medicines which are used in the treatment of food producing animals, to ensure that the consumer is not exposed to harmful residues in
(d) Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1798/95, which adds dimetridazole (the active ingredient of Emtryl) to Annex IV of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2377/90, was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 26 July 1995. It came into effect 60 days after publication.
Lord Lucas: No clinical evidence has been discovered to suggest that warble fly is currently present in the United Kingdom. While the test results from our 1994/95 serological survey suggested that warbles might be present in small numbers of cattle throughout Great Britain, the absence of clinical cases did not support this position. One clinical case was discovered in an imported animal but this was returned to the country of origin.
Lord Lucas: Records available at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate show that Product Licences of Right for organophosphorus pour-on warblecide products were issued in 1972. These licences were granted under Section 25 of the Act, in respect of medicinal products which were on the market in the UK at 1 September 1971, when the licensing provisions of the Medicines Act 1968 came into force. It is possible that at least some of the products would have been available for some years before that date but precise information is not available.
|Region and County||Farms||Cases|
|Tyne and Wear||16||52|
|Midlands and Western|
|Hereford and Worcester||680||2,642|
|Isle of Wight||89||712|
|Overall total for United Kingdom||34,211||158,368|
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