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Lord Lucas: Commission Decision 96/239/EEC of 27th March 1996 provided that the UK shall not export from its territory, meat and meat products obtained from bovine animals in the UK. The list of countries given below, shows those with a ban on the import of British beef on the day before the introduction of the Commission Decision. The month and year when the bans commenced are shown where available.
|Importing Country||Date of ban|
|Kazakhstan (CIS)||August 1993|
|Russian Federation||September 1993|
|Saudi Arabia||September 1990|
|United Arab Emirates||August 1990|
Lord Lucas: Commission Decision 94/381 requires member states of the European Community to ban the use of mammalian protein in ruminant feed other than Denmark, which has banned the use of ruminant protein in ruminant feed.
Lord Lucas: Apart from phosmet, there is currently one veterinary medicine containing the organophosphate tetrachlorvinphos authorised in the UK for use on cattle. The Government do not hold any information on the extent of its use.
Lord Lucas: The Government do not hold any information on the authorisation of veterinary medicines in other countries. This is a matter for the regulatory authority in the country concerned. Any instructions on dosage rates and other such matters will depend on the regulatory authority acting in response to local veterinary clinical problems.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): The Environment Agency has an extensive environmental monitoring programme. In its North East Region particular attention has been given to the environment in view of the seriousness of the recent drought. However, companies are responsible for collecting environmental information in support of any applications they might make for water abstraction licences or drought permits. In such circumstances, the agency informs applicants of the environmental monitoring programme which it would require in the particular circumstances.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Baroness Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about whether religious artefacts are excluded from the volumetric controls applied to property which a prisoner may have in his or her possession.
Volumetric control of prisoners' property is currently being introduced across the Service with the aim of facilitating more effective searching. The limit imposed of two large boxes plus an outsized item allows prisoners a choice of possessions from the prison's facilities list. Religious artefacts are not excluded from the volumetric control limits and it is the choice of the individual prisoner whether or not to include them in his or her property.
Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary represented the United Kingdom at the Council in Luxembourg. In accordance with the policy outlined in the Prime Minister's statement to the House on 21st May, we were unable to agree to any decisions requiring unanimity in the Council other than those which were purely formal or procedural.
A total of 11 agenda items, listed in the table below, were blocked as a result of the Government's policy of non co-operation in the European Union. However, we participated fully in negotiations on the substantive issues covered by the agenda. The main matters dealt with at the Council were as follows.
The Presidency reported progress in negotiations on the draft External Frontiers Convention and noted that two major political problems--a role for the European Court of Justice and territorial application of the Convention--were outstanding.
The Council examined the three draft directives proposed by the Commission for abolishing frontier controls and giving third country nationals a right to travel in member states, known as the "Monti Package". In addition to the United Kingdom's reserve of substance on these proposals, a number of issues of concern to other member states remain to be settled. The Presidency undertook to consider whether negotiation on these instruments should be primarily a matter for the Internal Market Council or the Justice and Home Affairs Council.
The Council considered a compromise proposal for conferring on the European Court of Justice optional jurisdiction to interpret the Europol Convention. The Presidency concluded that this matter would be studied again at the European Council in Florence.
The Council considered the question of participation by the European Union in the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest (ILEA), which is managed jointly by Hungary and the USA. The Presidency concluded that, in the light of opposition by France to EU involvement in the Academy, this matter required further thought.
The Council noted progress in the Structured Dialogue with the Central and Eastern European States, and a report outlining continuing action by the European Union against drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Council discussed a number of outstanding issues arising from negotiations on the draft Convention on improved extradition procedures, and concluded that further work was required on these points by officials.
The Council discussed the question of jurisdiction for the European Court of Justice in the draft Convention on corruption, and noted progress in drafting a second protocol to the Convention on the protection of the Communities' Financial interests.
The Presidency invited member states' views on the main issues of principle remaining to be settled in relation to the draft Convention on service of documents in civil and commercial matters, and referred the text for further work by officials.
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