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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Suitable sites for the development of the three centres have been found at Gringley in Nottinghamshire, Onley in Northamptonshire and Medomsley in County Durham. A site is also being sought in the South West of England. All the centres are expected to be operational by the end of 1999.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Article K7(7) of the draft Treaty of Amsterdam provides that the European Court of Justice shall have jurisdiction to rule on any dispute between member states regarding the interpretation or the application of acts adopted under the new Article K6(2) whenever such dispute cannot be settled by the European Council within six months of its being referred to the Council by one of its members. The Court will also have jurisdiction to rule on any dispute between member states and the European Commission regarding the interpretation or application of conventions established under the new Article K6(2)(d). Such rulings will be binding on the parties concerned.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The policy of mandatory closed visits for exceptional risk prisoners will be kept under review to ensure that it remains the appropriate response to the threat posed by such prisoners.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: In order to ensure that the Prison Service can accommodate the projected numbers safely, the Prison Service will be able to spend up to an extra £43 million during this year and next. This will create 290 new places on top of the existing building programme, and provide additional staffing and funding for regime activities to support the placing of an additional 1,830 prisoners in existing accommodation, 630 of whom are already being detained.
Total net lending to the private sector comprises loans (less repayments of principal) to the personal sector and companies. Table 9.4 of the UK National Accounts (Blue Book) uses the Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG), as laid down in UN Statistical Paper M70 (1980). Thus series GTGG is net lending to the private sector, for education affairs and services only.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Sterling is affected by a range of domestic and external factors which are not within the direct control of the Government or the Bank of England. The appreciation of sterling since last August against other European currencies largely reflects the strength of the UK economy relative to the German and French economies, and also speculation about EMU.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: In our manifesto we promised to make economic stability a priority and promote greater long-term investment. The Budget and the monetary framework we have put in place start to fulfil those promises. Pension funds should benefit over the long term from the improved company performance resulting from a strong and stable economy.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The giving of reasons for administrative decisions is good practice and is a principle to which we are committed in the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. The forthcoming White Paper on Freedom of Information will address the question of whether, and how, this principle might feature in the proposed Freedom of Information Act.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster announced in November 1996 that a formal review of Crown Copyright was to be undertaken. Consultations with other interested parties are taking place and it is anticipated that a Green Paper on the subject will be issued later this year.
Reports of the proceedings of Parliament, Bills of Parliament and select committee reports are subject to parliamentary copyright protection and are therefore a matter for the two Houses. Parliamentary copyright is administered on behalf of the two Houses by Her Majesty's Stationery Office with the object of securing the widest dissemination of parliamentary copyright material consistent with the good name and dignity of Parliament.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The changes which took place in the rendering industry, which are now believed to have led to the origin of the BSE epidemic, did not require explicit permission from the regulatory authorities. They were taken in good faith on the basis of scientific understanding at that time and we are not aware of any grounds for legal action in respect of action taken at that time.
Lord Donoughue: We are aware of the findings of research into the experience of pain by fish. It is clear from these that great care must be taken in attributing to fish sensations similar to those experienced by humans or other mammals. Nevertheless, those involved in angling are aware of the need to avoid unnecessary harm and minimise any stress caused to fish.
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