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Combined Joint Task Force Concept

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Earl Howe: We expect agreement soon on the main features of a Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) concept that will give NATO the ability to construct deployable headquarters from within existing fixed headquarters, to provide the command and control of multinational and joint forces deployed on contingency operations. CJTF headquarters will also, subject to agreement in the North Atlantic Council, be available to the Western European Union for use in operations where WEU takes the lead. The concept itself provides for the use of national as well as NATO assets in these headquarters. Decisions

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concerning the deployment of CJTF headquarters in NATO operations, or on their availability for specific WEU operations, would in all cases be taken by consensus as are all decisions in NATO.

Oftel

Lord Dean of Beswick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the complement of the Office of Telecommunication in each year since 1990.

Baroness Miller of Hendon: This information is available in annual reports on the Government's expenditure plans in the area of trade and industry, and Oftel's annual reports, both of which are available in the Library of the House.

Lord Dean of Beswick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the change in the share prices over the last three years of those companies regulated by Oftel.

Baroness Miller of Hendon: This information is publicly available.

Mental Health Initiatives: Review

Baroness Jay of Paddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the reply of Baroness Cumberlege given on 22nd April (H.L. Deb., col. 895) what will be the factors which will determine their decision whether or not to review the Mental Health Act 1983, and when they are likely to come to that decision.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): We shall need to assess the impact of recent mental health initiatives, including how supervised discharge is working in practice following its introduction on 1st April and its effect on guardianship. The necessary data will not be available until next year.

Millennium Exhibition

Lord Sefton of Garston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will ensure that the Millennium Commission, before it finally commits itself to the exhibition at Greenwich, informs them as to the amount promised by the private sector and of any guarantees received.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): No. The Government have no plans to require the

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Millennium Commission to provide this information before committing itself to the siting of the Millennium Exhibition at Greenwich.

Lord Sefton of Garston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In view of the fact that the promise of British Gas to fund part of the Jubilee Line Extension has still to be fulfilled, whether they will ensure that no public expenditure is made available to British Gas to clean the site at Greenwich.

Lord Inglewood: I refer to the Answer given by the noble Viscount, Lord Goschen, on 8th March (H.L. col. WA 37), explaining that British Gas has, in fact, fulfilled its obligations to date on the Jubilee Line Extension. British Gas will be responsible for decontamination of the Greenwich site in line with its responsibilities as polluter. English Partnerships are currently considering the award of a grant which will

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relate to the additional work needed to provide a suitable platform for development of the site.

House of Lords: Peers' Attendance

Lord Rea asked the Leader of the House:

    What was the mean record of attendance (in days) of peers entitled to attend during the 1994-95 Session of (a) hereditary Peers by succession and (b) life Peers and hereditary Peers of first creation, distinguishing in each case according to party allegiance; and how many Peers in each of the above categories did not attend; attended on (i) less than 40 days; (ii) between 40 and 79 days; (iii) between 80 and 119 days; and (iv) 120 days or more during that Session.

The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): The information requested is as follows:

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Hereditary Peers by succession

Number of peers attending
Party0 daysbetween 1 and 39 daysbetween 40 and 79 daysbetween 80 and 119 daysbetween 120 and 142 daysmean attendance
Conservative6511547486352 days
Labour1312686 days
Liberal Democrat2924765 days
Other9810119152025 days
Total628 Peers 42 days

Life Peers (under the 1958 and 1876 Acts) and hereditary Peers of first creation

Number of peers attending
Party0 daysbetween 1 and 39 daysbetween 40 and 79 daysbetween 80 and 119 daysbetween 120 and 142 daysmean attendance
Conservative74731363068 days
Labour81619233986 days
Liberal Democrat03811890 days
Other236815171338 days
Total422 Peers 64 days

Note:

1,050 Peers who were eligible to attend during at least part of session 1994-95 are included in the tables; 76 Peers who were on leave of absence for the whole of the Session and 88 Peers who were without writs at the end of the Session (and 29 bishops and archbishops) have been excluded. Attendance is defined as attendance in the Chamber (attendances at committee meetings and judicial sittings have, therefore, been excluded). Party allegiance is defined as being in receipt of a party whip at the end of Session 1994-95.



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