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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): We will look at any proposal for further UN Security Council action against Sudan on its merits, taking into account the Government of Sudan's non-compliance with Security Council Resolutions 1045, 1054 and 1070 and the likely attitudes of other Security Council members.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We have consistently supported UN resolutions calling for UN human rights monitors for Sudan. We are in touch with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva about an appeal for funding of monitors, which they hope to launch in due course.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Talks between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Government of Sudan were held under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development in Kenya from 29 October-11 November. The next round of talks is scheduled for April 1998. We welcomed the talks and urged both sides to approach them constructively. We are also in touch with the National Democratic Alliance, of which the SPLM is a major part, but we are not providing them with material support. We urge both sides to continue progress towards a comprehensive negotiated settlement and to allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Japan has not yet done so. At the last session of the UN Commission on Human Rights the United Kingdom co-sponsored a resolution urging all states to become party to this convention.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We fully support the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and have always stressed the importance of bringing to justice all those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia. We demand that the responsible authorities surrender all indictees to The Hague.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I refer the noble Lord to the statement issued by the President of the Security Council on 14 November 1997. This statement makes clear that the Security Council welcomes the Conakry Communique of 23 October 1997 and gives its full support to ECOWAS' efforts to seek a peaceful settlement.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: No. The Conakry Communique, which was signed by ECOWAS and the AFRC and is supported by the UN Security Council, provides for the restoration of the democratically elected government of Sierra Leone by 22 April 1998, not a transitional government.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The United Nations Security Council is already giving this matter its full consideration. A United Nations assessment team is currently visiting Conakry and Monrovia, and is considering what support the United Nations should offer ECOWAS.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Copies of the relevant UN documents and a copy of the preparatory committee's work programme have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The UK delegation will be working with others to consolidate the proposals to be placed before the Diplomatic Conference in June 1998, with the aim of ensuring a successful conference. Our policy on a number of the detailed issues due to be discussed at the preparatory committee is still under consideration.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): There are no statutory requirements requiring kerbs to be at a specific height. It is for the local highway authority to determine the appropriate height according to the circumstances of the location.
British Standard 7263: Parts 1 and 2: 1990 provide advice on the specification for precast concrete kerbs, and a code of practice for laying. The code of practice shows a typical section through a paved footway and kerb, which indicates a kerb height above the adjacent carriageway of 125mm. However, in older street layouts it is not uncommon to have kerb heights much greater than this.
The Deputy Prime Minister has asked me to reply to your Question as to whether RMC plc is the parent company of South Coast Shipping Company of Southampton, which was the owner of the sand dredger "Bowbelle" and is the current owner of the "Sand Kite", formerly the "Bowknight".
As the parentage of companies is not an issue with which the MSA can deal, I have contacted the Department of Trade and Industry to seek the information which you require. Companies House has confirmed that RMC Group plc (not RMC plc) is the ultimate parent company of South Coast Shipping Company of Southampton.
Having made enquiries in relation to the ownership of the "Sand Kite", it should be noted that, according to the Register of Shipping and Seamen (RSS), the registered owner of the "Sand Kite" is actually East Coast Aggregates Ltd of Canute Road, Southampton and not the South Coast Shipping Company.
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