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Lord Lucas: The so-called "Downer Cow Syndrome" is not a disease in itself, but is a common consequence of other conditions. Any cow which has for a period of four to six hours or more been unable to rise from a recumbent position is described as a "downer".
Once a cow has been recumbent for a period of time, damage to the nerves and/or muscles of the hind legs can occur, particularly if the animal is lying on hard ground. Recovery then becomes less likely. The syndrome can be caused by any disease (particularly of the legs or feet), injury or weakness which prevents an animal from getting up. Milk Fever, for example, causes inco-ordination and recumbency in cows around the time they calve.
Lord Lucas: All veterinary medicines, including treatments for warble fly, are authorised in accordance with the statutory criteria of safety, quality and efficacy. The responsibility for undertaking research and
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): Phase 2 of the Safer Cities programme consists of 29 projects in England and three in Wales. The management of these projects is contracted out to organisations with relevant experience. Each project has access to a grants budget of up to £100,000 per annum for three years. In addition, Her Majesty's Government pays the running costs of the projects but the precise amounts are commercial-in-confidence, as these were determined following a competitive tendering exercise.
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): A detailed planning brief was drawn up and, following an Examination in Public, the draft was agreed with Suffolk Coastal District Council, the local planning authority. The brief identifies suitable uses for the property when it leaves government ownership and takes into account the designation of part of the area as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Earl Howe: My department has exchanged contracts with the Chris Parker Group of Companies for the sale of the RAF Bentwaters site. Completion is due by the end of July 1996. No further offers can therefore be considered.
Earl Howe: My department has exchanged contracts with the Chris Parker Group of Companies for the sale of RAF Bentwaters. Completion is due by the end of July 1996. The contract does not provide for stage payments.
Earl Howe: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State has made it clear that the sale will only proceed on terms which satisfy the interests of the Services and at a price which properly reflects the public interest. That remains the case. The terms of the sale proposal have been designed in full consultation with the Chiefs of Staff.
Earl Howe: After the sale of the married quarters estate, we will retain substantial control over which quarters we retain and which we relinquish in the years ahead. Approximately half the current official service residences in England and Wales will be included in the sale of the married quarters estate. In common with the rest of the estate, they will be retained on underleases where we have a continuing need for them.
Earl Howe: The purpose of the sale is to improve the quality and management of Service housing, while transferring to the private sector an asset which the Government do not need to own. The sale will enable us to carry out an accelerated programme of improvements to the housing stock which otherwise would not be possible. It will also assist us in reducing the number of empty homes we hold. The Defence Housing Executive is a maintenance and management organisation, and does not undertake property disposals.
Earl Howe: A successful sale will provide funds enabling the Defence Housing Executive to carry out an accelerated programme of upgrading Service families' homes. The funding will not be fixed as a percentage of the sale proceeds, but will reflect our estimate of need.
Earl Howe: It is the independent Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) which makes recommendations to the Prime Minister on levels of Service pay and charges, including charges for married quarters. The AFPRB has explained the reasoning behind its recommended increase to married quarters charges of between 10 and 25 per cent. (averaging some 14.5 per cent.) in this year's report [Cm 3091--I], a copy of which is held in the Library of the House. The AFPRB will continue to seek to ensure broad comparability with the private sector in both pay and charges and to recommend married quarter charges which are in line with outside comparators, taking into account the relative disadvantages of living in Service accommodation.
Earl Howe: All members of HM Armed Forces were and still are taught to recognise the effects of the most commonly found groups of chemical weapons, deduce from which group of agents a casualty is suffering and administer the appropriate first aid. The agent groups taught are; Nerve, Choking, Blood, Blister, Mental Incapacitants and Riot Control Agents. They are also taught to recognise the effects of atropine poisoning; atropine is found in the issued self injection device to counter the effect of nerve agent. Each sailor, soldier and airman was and still is issued with a booklet to
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