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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The economic and social situation is very poor. As I explained during my visit to Angola on 19th-21st February, our ability to help will depend on the government's own efforts to improve economic management. I also urged both sides to speed up implementation of the Lusaka Protocol. I welcome the positive steps agreed by President Dos Santos and Dr. Savimbi at their subsequent meeting on 1st March.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty limits overall holdings of certain categories of conventional weapons within the area of application and provides for notification, information exchange and intrusive verification. Under paragraph 5(c) of OSCE's Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers, OSCE participating states are committed to exchanging information about national legislation and policies in the field of conventional arms transfers. All NATO countries are fully committed to meeting these provisions.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: In compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1021, the Secretary General is required to submit a report by 12th June on the implementation of Annex 1B to the peace agreement. It is too early to say what will be included in this report, but we expect that it will address issues relating to regional stabilisation, including those on sub-regional arms control covered in Article IV of Annex 1B to the Dayton Agreement.
Substantial resources are already available for reconstruction following the December conference. Progress on the ground is not, however, dependent solely on funding, but also on factors such as speed of project preparation, co-ordination of implementation capacity and ability to deal with bureaucratic obstacles. The UK is playing its part: an ODA team is currently in Bosnia to consider expansion of the existing utilities rehabilitation programme. Two ODA-funded experts will shortly be taking up post in Prime Minister Muratovic's office to advise on project preparation and donor co-ordination.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): The reorganisation of local government in Scotland is not a factor which my right honourable friend would take into account in reaching a decision on whether or not to call in for his own determination the application for the construction of a funicular railway and associated developments in the Cairngorms.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The relationship between diet and cancer is presently being reviewed by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy. Its report is expected in the autumn. The estimated expenditure in 1992-93 to the National Health Service of treating cancer was £1,300 million.
The relationship between an unbalanced diet, high levels of serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease is strong and consistent and is the basis for the dietary targets in the Health of the Nation to reduce the contribution of total fat and saturated fatty acids in the population's diet. The estimated expenditure in 1992-93 to the NHS of treating coronary heart disease was £800 million.
Baroness Cumberlege: Associations have been identified between lower birth weight and subsequent disease including cardiovascular disorders, obstructive lung disease and some types of diabetes. These associations have been reported in scientific journals and elsewhere.
Further research is needed to advance our understanding of these relationships, and the Medical Research Council, funded by my right honourable friend the President of the Board of Trade, has developed a programme of research to investigate them.
Baroness Cumberlege: It is estimated that at the end of 1995 there were 3,725 people living with AIDS in the United Kingdom. Since 1984, when reporting began, the cumulative total of diagnosed HIV infections reported in the UK is 25,689. It is estimated that at the end of 1993 there were about 24,000 individuals living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV infection. It has been estimated that 50 per cent. of AIDS cases survive 18 months or more after AIDS diagnosis. The choice of medication is for the individual clinician and patient to decide. Estimated medication cost per AIDS patient (at 1995-96 prices) is £10,000. The annual average cost of hospital treatment of an AIDS patient is in the region of £21,000 and costs vary from hospital to hospital. We do not have any information on work days lost due to AIDS.
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A consultancy is currently being let to review existing external and internal mail services throughout the Parliamentary Estate, which encompasses, the Palace of Westminster and the outbuildings. The final report and recommendations are due on 10th May 1996.
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