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Lord Sewel: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and other forestry Ministers are considering the treatment of forestry matters, both in Scotland and in the United Kingdom as a whole, in the context of the Government's proposals for a Scottish parliament. The Government's proposals will be set out in the forthcoming White Paper.
Lord Sewel: Mr. James Kelly and Mrs. Lynne Kelly were both granted legal aid under the special urgency provisions. As their respective solicitors have yet to submit their accounts for payment, it is not possible to provide the requested information.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Under Manx law, a child (that is a person of or over the age of 10 but under the age of 14) can be remanded to custody or sentenced to serve a term of custody, but only in exceptional circumstances. Section 9(2) of the Isle of Man Custody Act 1995 stipulates that no court shall impose custody on a child or young person unless the court is of the opinion that the circumstances are so exceptional that it would be inappropriate to deal with him by any other method.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The provision of prison accommodation in the Isle of Man is a matter for the Manx authorities. I understand that there is a secure juvenile unit for the detention of child offenders which is physically separated from the rest of the Isle of Man's prison and has a separate entrance and reception facility.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The Government propose to take a range of initiatives designed to ensure that all fishing vessels in the UK abide by the rules.
The Fisheries Departments will continue to give priority to fair and effective enforcement. In 1997-98 some £24 million will be spent on enforcement, including surface and aerial surveillance. We are determined to bear down on those who disregard the law. If fish stocks are to be conserved, fisheries regulations must be respected.
We have considered whether the existing conditions of fishing licences need to be strengthened to assist enforcement. A matter of particular concern is the practice of allegedly discarding, after inspection at sea but prior to landing, marketable fish which have been sorted, stowed on board and recorded in EC logbooks. This practice appears to be used to evade the proper operation of quotas and is inconsistent with the conservation of fish stocks. Subject to consultation with the Commission and our fishing industry, we propose to introduce as soon as possible a new licence condition which addresses this problem.
The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen has powers to terminate a fishing vessel's registration if, taking into account any requirement of merchant shipping legislation relevant to its safety or that of its crew, he considers that it would be inappropriate for the vessel to remain registered. In the interests of safety, it is proposed that the Registrar General will serve notice of the intention to terminate the registration of any fishing vessel which fails to hold a valid safety certificate.
In addition, we shall be making arrangements for British Sea Fishery Officers to assist the Department of Transport by detaining in port fishing vessels which do not have valid fishing vessel safety certificates, as well as checking that fishing vessels are manned by crew holding the appropriate certificates, including UK Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CECs) in the case of foreign qualified crew.
Finally, the Department of Transport and Fisheries Department has reviewed the requirements for masters and officers of larger fishing vessels to be competent in the use of English. It has been concluded that these provisions are adequate. Certificates of competency, including CECs, already require a sound knowledge of English. The more rigorous checking of officers' certificates will help to ensure that these requirements are properly complied with in the interests of safety.
Lord Simon of Highbury: Authorised investment businesses are subject to the rules of their regulators on the content and presentation of investment advertisements. The rules are intended to ensure that investors are not misled in any way. Whether or not a particular investment advertisement has been issued in breach of those rules is a matter for the regulator concerned, in this case the Personal Investment Authority.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): The Channel Tunnel Safety Authority has today published its eighth annual report, covering the period from 1 April 1995 to 31 March 1996. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): The Government will be making proposals in due course on how best to give effect to their objectives in this area, including how best to harness the contribution of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency to these objectives.
We are also committed to ending waits for cancer surgery, especially breast cancer, and will be making £10 million available for breast cancer services in 1997-98. Health authorities will be reporting on improvements in speed of access to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer twelve months after receiving their extra funds. In addition, we will be providing £5 million for paediatric intensive care. Early action on paediatric intensive care will be put in place this year.
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