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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: I refer the noble Lord to the Answers I gave on 14 December (col WA 115) and 9 January (col WA 5). These require further clarification. I will write to the noble Lord and place a copy of my letter in the Libraries of the House.
The position is that, in accordance with paragraph 1 of UNSCR 1021, the UN Secretary-General informed the Security Council in a letter dated 14 December that the Parties had formally signed the Bosnia Peace Agreement. This triggered the phased lift of the UN arms embargo. The embargo will terminate finally 180 days after 14 December and after the submission of a report from the UN Secretary-General on the implementation of Annex 1B (Agreement on Regional Stabilisation) of the Peace Agreement, unless the Council decides otherwise. Neither the submission of this report nor the termination of the embargo is subject to a further decision of the Security Council or to the veto.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: UN Security Council Resolution 1021 describes the phased lifting of the arms embargo on Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with the provisions of Annex 1B of the Peace Agreement signed in Paris on 14 December 1995. Within this framework, United States policy on arming the Bosnians is a matter for them.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Treaty records show that since 1 January 1991 some 280 treaties have entered into force for the United Kingdom, either on signature or by a notification contained in an exchange of diplomatic notes.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The number of treaties ratified since 1 January 1991 which have been debated by Parliament before being ratified is not centrally recorded and details could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Viscount Goschen has asked me to write to you in reply to your recent parliamentary Question about the cleanliness of those roads which are the direct responsibility of central government and what consideration has been given to using Community Service Orders to require offenders to keep such roads clear of litter.
The Highways Agency takes a positive approach and is satisfied that it is fulfilling its obligation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in keeping the motorways and certain trunk roads in England clear, so far as is practicable, of litter and refuse. Our maintenance agents carry out regular safety inspections and patrols during which they report litter accumulations and, if debris is observed which could present a hazard to traffic, it is removed as soon as possible. Other offending material is removed in accordance with the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, issued under the Act.
Community service is unpaid work by offenders for the benefit of the community, which would not otherwise be undertaken by paid employees and which can involve demanding physical outdoor work. As the maintenance agents of the Highways Agency are contracted to undertake cleaning debris from motorways and trunk roads, the use of offenders under Community Service Orders for such work is therefore not feasible. In addition, we would not wish to have untrained personnel carrying out work in a potentially hazardous environment, where we have statutory responsibilities for health and safety.
Whether employees of private organisations providing domiciliary community care are required to
Whether there is any legal minimum qualification required by employees of private providers of domiciliary community care.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): Although the Government are not aware of any recent incidents of exploitation, they do recognise that abuses may happen in any setting. The Government are therefore supporting the work of "Action on Elder Abuse". There are no legal requirements with regard to screening or qualifications. In any work involving vulnerable people, employers should be aware of the need to take up adequate references and ensure that prospective employees have suitable training or experience.
Baroness Cumberlege: For the financial year 1996-97 the Government have used the estimates of the number of people alive with AIDS and other severe HIV disease contained in the latest report on The incidence and prevalence of AIDS and prevalence of other severe HIV disease in England and Wales for 1995 to 1999, published in the Communicable Disease Review on 5 January 1996. The allocations for 1995-96 were based on similar data contained in the previous Predictions Report published in 1993. Copies of the documents are available in the Library.
Distribution of resources to health authorities is based on the latest data on cumulative numbers of people reported by and resident in each Regional Health Authority to the Public Health Laboratory Service under the AIDS (Control) Act 1987.
Baroness Cumberlege: The findings published on the Delta clinical trial remain preliminary. We will be studying the detailed results when they are available. We do not yet know what the likely take-up will be of
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