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The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The present EC technical conservation regulation requires sorting of fish to be carried out immediately after nets have been hauled. The regulation requires protected species (defined in the regulation) in excess of catch composition percentages laid down to be discarded immediately into the sea. Other provisions
in addition, for those vessels required to complete logbooks, after the first 24 hours of a trip the catch composition percentages must be correct at time of the daily completion of the logbooks;
in all cases, the catch composition percentages must be correct at time of return to port.
Lord Donoughue: The Government are currently pursuing wide ranging improvements to the common fisheries policy, including strengthening the economic benefits that countries derive from their quotas, applying effective controls on fishing effort, improving enforcement measures, agreeing more effective conservation measures, improving the way that UK quotas are managed and introducing a greater regional dimension into the CFP.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Simon of Highbury): Following consideration of the European Commission's original proposal by the European Parliament, the Commission has recently adopted a revised text. The revised text--which has yet to be published--will form the basis of any discussions in the Council. The first meeting has been scheduled by the Luxembourg Presidency for 1 December.
The Government do not believe that the directive, as presently drafted, would necessarily prove beneficial to the City of London, since it could risk disrupting the present process by introducing the possibility of tactical litigation.
Lord Simon of Highbury: The cost of the Guinness inspection to date is £3.15 million. The cost of the inspection at the time that the interim report was produced was £1.55 million. The separate costs of the secretaries to the inspectors and fees paid to counsel instructed by the department are not available.
Whether the original brief to the inspectors appointed to investigate the affairs of Guinness plc was subsequently "less formally" amended by the Department of Trade and Industry to restrict the investigation to certain individuals and advisers acting for Guinness plc.
Lord Simon of Highbury: The inspectors were appointed to investigate and report on the affairs and membership of Guinness plc. As the press notice announcing their appointment made clear, the purpose of the investigation was to examine circumstances suggesting misconduct of the affairs of Guinness in connection with its membership.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Outbreaks of human meningitis are caused by person-to-person spread, and the viruses and bacteria that cause such outbreaks are
The Government have not conducted any research into the infectious viruses or bacteria carried by feral pigeons in inner city areas in the last 10 years, and are not aware of any such research carried out by breweries, distilleries or others.
|Local Authority||Secure Unit||New places from within the 170 place supply plan|
|Northumberland CC||Kyloe House||7|
|Lancashire CC||Dales House||8|
|Salford City Council||Barton Moss||12|
|Leeds City Council||Eastmoor||9|
|Sheffield City Council||Aldine House||8|
|Coventry City Council||Stoke House||8|
|Staffordshire CC||Watling House||12|
|Lincolnshire CC||Lincolnshire Secure Unit||4|
|Cambridgeshire CC||Clare Lodge||10|
|Essex CC||Leverton Hall||16|
|Northamptonshire CC||St. Johns, Tiffield||16|
|Southwark London Borough||Orchard Lodge||16|
|Hampshire CC||Swanwick Lodge||5|
|S. Gloucestershire CC||Vinney Green||6|
|Neath/Port Talbot||Hillside--Welsh unit||6|
|Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough||Stamford House||10--available summer 1998|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): There has been much concern about the road safety implications of using mobile phones while driving. We therefore asked the
The report concludes that the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is widely regarded as unsafe. Most regard this as so self-evident that there have been few specific studies. Hands-free phones have received the greatest attention and the debate in the research community centres on the extent to which hands-free conversations impact on driving performance. Studies suggest that the distraction effect of phones reduces as they are made easier to use. However, the distraction caused by the mental effort of telephone conversation is present, even with advanced devices.
Manual dialling and intense telephone conversations have been shown to cause considerable distraction and it is thought that this may impact on safety. Although the evidence is largely circumstantial, it all points in the same direction--that there is an association between telephone use and increased accident risk. Furthermore, there is evidence that phone conversations are more stressful than equivalent conversations with passengers.
The results of this research are reflected in the revised draft of the Highway Code on which we invited public comments last week and which we hope to put before Parliament next year. It is also reflected in the draft Code of Practice on the use of mobile phones in vehicles, which we are discussing with the mobile phone companies and motoring interests.
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