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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): We have not yet received any comment from the Indian Government on this subject. Our High Commission raised the issue again with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on 14th June. We await their response.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Government have a rigorous system in place and make every effort to ensure that documents are available in sufficient time for proper scrutiny to take place. In addition, the Government are proposing at the Intergovernmental Conference 1996 a minimum scrutiny period for documents to be available to national parliaments before they are considered in the Council. They are also supporting a Council Secretariat project to send documents electronically to member states, which would give national parliaments more time to scrutinise these.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Her Majesty's Government keep these matters under review in the light of evolving jurisprudence. We understand that the Council of Europe has in the past prepared a brief comparison of the two instruments, but that document was not intended for publication. As I stated in my Answer of 17th June 1996 (WA 3), both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights are in the public domain and may be easily consulted.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): The projections for future years were based on Oftel's agreed expenditure plans at the time of the Public Expenditure Settlement last autumn. The figure of 161 shown for Oftel staff in 1995-96 was, however, an estimate of the average over the whole year of staff actually working for Oftel. The numbers of people employed within a given year's budget can fluctuate as staff join and leave the office, and because of variations in the mix of grades employed.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): I am unable to comment on the individual case, which is a matter for the Commissioner of Police. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 distinguishes between circumstances in which it is necessary for a police officer to have a warrant from a justice of the peace in order to enter premises without the permission of the occupier; and those in which a warrant is not necessary. A warrant is required to enter premises for the purpose of obtaining
Lady Blatch has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking how many prisoners can be held at Erlestoke prison without overcrowding; and how many there were on 1st November 1995 and at the most recent date.
Baroness Blatch: I refer the noble Lord to the reply given on 18th March (col. WA 92), which gives the requested information for the years 1990 to 1995. Equivalent information for January to May 1996 is given in the table.
|Total decisions 2 ,(3)||510|
|Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum||30|
|Recognition rate||6 per cent.|
|Not recognised as a refugee but granted|
|exceptional leave to remain(4)||10|
|Exceptional leave rate||2 per cent.|
|Refusal rate||92 per cent.|
|Refused asylum and ELR after full|
|Refused on safe third country grounds||80|
|Refused on non-compliance grounds(5)||5|
(1) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5.
(2) Figures exclude information on applications made overseas.
(3) Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same year.
(4) Usually granted for a year in the first instance, subject then to further review.
(5) Para 340 of Immigration Rules, for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period.
What is their best estimate for the incubation span of the "new strain" of CJD, giving the minimum and maximum periods.
Whether they are aware of any reports of actual or suspected "new strain" of CJD occurring in countries other than the United Kingdom and, if so, which countries and how many cases, suspected and confirmed.
Whether they now believe that BSE can be, and has been, caught by human beings in the form of CJD in the light of the evidence of the neuro-surgeon Alan Colchester to the Canterbury City Council on 25th May this year in which he referred to "the transmission of prions, the infectious agents
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Baroness Cumberlege: The Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee advice remains that there is still no scientific evidence to link positively any case of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease to exposure to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.
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