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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): An export licence is required to despatch from the UK a work of art manufactured or produced more than 50 years before the date of exportation and valued at or above the specified monetary limits. These are set out in Appendix G to the 1994/95 Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, a copy of which was placed in the Library of the House on 24th October 1995. Ownership is not a relevant consideration unless the goods are the personal property of the producer, for example the artist, when a Department of National Heritage export licence is not required.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): I am pleased to announce that the Forestry Commission will be giving support, under the Woodland Improvement Grant, to two further projects aimed at improving Britain's woodlands.
The Woodland Improvement Grant was launched in 1995 as part of the Woodland Grant Scheme. The first project is helping to provide for public access to woodlands and will run for a further two years. The Woodland Improvement Grant will now also be available to improve the management of poor quality woods and for work to enhance the biodiversity of woodlands.
In the Rural White Papers, we recognised the importance of bringing woods back into productive management. Now we can support landowners who wish to do restorative work in poor quality woodlands to return these areas to sustainable management. Many aspects of work will receive funding, including uneconomic felling, respacing, rhododendron control and protective work.
Within these two umbrella projects, we expect to see local partnerships develop, which not only means that resources are used more effectively but allows such groups to come together and work towards one cause. Woodland Improvement Grant will normally fund around half the cost of the work but, subject to approval by the European Commission, we expect a number of local projects to run as challenge funding where owners have the opportunity to compete for the available funds.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Ashford International is currently served by Eurostar trains and will continue to be served by these trains following completion of the CTRL. The operators of Eurostar do not at present have any plans to use any other rolling stock for international passenger services through the tunnel. If, in the future, it was decided to invest in new trains with a different loading gauge from those presently used, the track and platforms at Ashford could be readily modified.
Viscount Goschen: We have made an order increasing London taxi fares by about 4.59 per cent. on average with effect from Saturday 27th April 1996. The new tariff will incorporate a minimum charge of £1.40 (including a hire charge of £1.00) for the first 513 metres (561.22 yards) or 111 seconds. The rate will then be 20p for every 256.5 metres (280.61 yards) or 55.5 seconds up to six miles and 20p for each 171 metres (187.07 yards) or 37 seconds thereafter.
Viscount Goschen: We are publishing today a Green Paper, providing the Government's response to the transport debate and setting out our vision for the future of transport policy. The Green Paper Transport: The Way Forward, draws together for the first time in nearly 20 years most of the key issues affecting transport policy.
Whether they will take steps to ensure that all drugs dispensed or otherwise have their active ingredients clearly indicated on the container.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): A doctor will prescribe a course of treatment which is specific to an individual patient. When these dosage directions are written on the prescription form they should then be put on the label which the pharmacist attaches to the medicine. When the pharmacist does not know the precise dosage instructions the doctor has given, the words "take as directed" may be shown on the label. The United Kingdom Labelling and Leaflet Regulations require manufactures to provide details of the brand name and the active ingredient (the common name of the medicine) on the container and outer package of all medicines.
The Government are awaiting evidence from the local authority associations about the number of children and their families seeking support from social services departments. Until this information is available, it is not possible to make accurate cost estimates.
Baroness Cumberlege: Quality Assurance in Radiotherapy--A Quality Management System for Radiotherapy (QART) resulted from pilot studies in two clinical centres in Bristol and Manchester, funded by the Department of Health, on how best to implement a radiotherapy quality standard. The guidance was issued to all radiotherapy centres in 1994 and now serves as a model for other radiotherapy centres to follow.