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Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Dubs: Before the commencement of the Children (NI) Order children were sent to the training schools for reason of care, protection and control, non-attendance at school, or for offending. Since 4 November 1996, training schools deal solely with offenders. While each child is assessed on entry, information about the proportion who have a physical or learning disability is not available.

Beef Exports

Lord Grenfell asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The Government have decided to adopt a twin-track approach of pursuing a revised Export Certified Herds Scheme, and developing a new proposal for a date-based export scheme. We have put our ideas to the
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Commission about both schemes, and will press both with equal vigour.

The Export Certified Herds Scheme is being revised taking account of criticisms made earlier by the EU Scientific Veterinary Committee. Eligibility for the scheme would be more restricted than initially proposed, but it would still be open in principle to producers in all parts of the United Kingdom.

Details of the date-based scheme will be announced when exploratory talks with the Commission have progressed and the Government are ready to put forward a formal proposal.

Cetaceans and Fishing Nets: Research

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: I believe that the noble Lord is referring to a paper by the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) which is expected to be published in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Journal of Marine Science later this year. I have asked SMRU to place a copy of the paper in the Library of the House as soon as it is available.

Fish Catch Landings in UK

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: In every six-month period, UK fishing vessels licensed to fish for quota species must land 50 per cent. of the catch of such species into the UK, or failing that, visit a UK port at least four times, unless otherwise authorised by the Fisheries Department. This provision is monitored by reference to catch data obtained from the landing declarations which all vessels over 10 metres in overall length have to submit on the completion of their fishing trips.

Fish Quota Species: UK Vessel Landings

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: The table below sets out details of the main quota species caught by the UK fleet in 1996, together with the estimated proportion of the recorded landings made into the UK and the estimated proportion
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of recorded landings made by UK vessels which are wholly or partly owned by overseas interests. The catches relate to those fish stocks which are subject to quota and which are principally taken in ICES Areas IV, VI and VII.
Landings of quota species by UK vessels in 1996

Main quota speciesTotal catch by UK fleet in 1996 (tonnes liveweight)Estimated percentage of total catch landed into UKEstimated percentage of total catch landed by UK vessels wholly or partly owned by overseas interests, into the UK and elsewhere(1)

(1) These percentages are based on recorded landings made by some 160 vessels which are believed to be partly or wholly owned by non-UK interests. Details of the shareholdings in the UK companies owning British registered fishing vessels are no longer maintained following the introduction of the Merchant Shipping (Registration) Regulations 1993 (SI 1993 No. 3138).

Common Fisheries Policy

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: In the absence of agreement on new measures, the basis for the common fisheries policy after 2002 will be Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3760/92, including its provisions on relative stability.

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Donoughue: It is not customary for Her Majesty's Government to disclose such legal advice.

Fishing Policy Consultations

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: I expect this to be a continuing process, building on existing contacts with local fishing interests. As part of the process, the Commission has recently held pilot regional committees on North Sea flatfish and, on 23-24 June, on management of North East Atlantic pelagic fisheries.

Fishing Fleet Reductions

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Donoughue: Although the European Commission has still to take final decisions on the reduction targets for individual Member States' Multi-Annual Guidance Programmes in the light of the rates agreed by the Council in April, it is clear that there will have to be further reductions in UK fishing effort in order to comply. Discussions are continuing with the industry on our implementation plans and the position will vary as between different fleet segments. But within segments all vessels will be subject to the same requirements.

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Legislation

Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: My right honourable friends the Secretary of State for Wales and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will shortly be establishing a small, independent group to review all aspects of existing policies and legislation on salmon and freshwater fisheries in England and Wales. This will be a comprehensive review, intended to produce ideas for the future management and conservation of salmon and freshwater fish. The Government will be announcing the members of the review group in the autumn.

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