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Lord Chesham: We accept that Russian membership will have consequences for the workload of these bodies, and the Council of Europe in general. But we cannot ignore the financial constraints which are currently being placed on public sector expenditure in a number of Member States. We therefore cannot give the guarantees requested, although we shall closely monitor the needs of Council of Europe institutions in the light of Russian membership.
Lord Chesham: The Council may, under Article 145, confer on the Commission powers for the implementation of rules which the Council has laid down. These powers are exercised in Committees chaired by the Commission and attended by representatives of member states according to voting rules laid down in the Comitology
Under Annex 1B of the Bosnian Peace Agreement, the parties are also committed to agreeing arms control limits within 180 days of signature. Should they fail to do so, limits set by the peace agreement are imposed automatically.
Lord Chesham: The Dayton Agreement provides for the negotiation of both military confidence building measures between the Bosnian Parties and an arms control agreement between all the Dayton Parties. The
Lord Chesham: We believe that the most effective way of achieving stability in the former Yugoslavia is through arms control negotiations provided for in the Bosnian Peace Agreement and currently underway in Vienna.
Lord Chesham: All members of the international community involved in Bosnia, either through the Implementation Force or the civilian effort, are making every effort to ensure that peace is embedded during the year of IFOR's deployment. Agreement has already been reached on a package of confidence building measures in accordance with the peace agreement.
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has today written to Sir Michael Perry, the Chairman of the Senior Salaries Review Body, in the following terms.
'The Senior Salaries Review Body is asked to undertake a comprehensive review of the level and structure of parliamentary pay and allowances and to make recommendations for the future. The review should cover each of the following items:
"I realise that such a review will be time consuming and needs to be fitted in with your other work. Nonetheless, I would be grateful if it could be completed in time for you to make recommendations, if at all possible, by the end of June."
Viscount Cranborne: The practice of the Library regarding documents placed there by Her Majesty's Government is that these documents are made available to Members and their research assistants. Members of the public who request access to such a document are referred to the government department which deposited it.
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