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Written Answers

Wednesday, 25th March 1998.

Gibraltar: Fishery Protection Vessel

Viscount Exmouth asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide Gibraltar with a modern fishery protection vessel in order to protect its territorial waters.[HL1077]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): There are no plans to provide Gibraltar with a fishery protection vessel.

Anthrax Immunisation for Defence Ministers

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for the Armed Forces received all four anthrax injections as stipulated in the protocol for this vaccine.[HL958]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): The MoD protocol for the current programme of immunisation of UK forces in the Gulf region against anthrax stipulates a course of four doses of the UK licensed anthrax vaccine over a period of eight months--at 0, 3, 6 and 32 weeks. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence and my honourable friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces each received their first dose of anthrax vaccine on 3 March this year and are scheduled to receive the remaining doses at the prescribed intervals.

Civil Court Judgments: Enforcement

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have to review the enforcement of civil court judgments.[HL1106]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): I have directed that a comprehensive review of enforcement of civil court judgments be carried out. Its primary purpose will be to address public concern about the effectiveness of the present arrangements in enabling plaintiffs to enforce civil court judgments. The review will also continue the task, within the civil justice reform programme, of unifying the Rules of Court as between the High Court and county court.

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The terms of reference of the review are as follows:


    To examine the present methods available for enforcement of county court and High Court judgments, to assess their effectiveness, identify the reasons for any ineffectiveness, to identify what changes would be necessary to enhance the effectiveness of the current methods of enforcement; and to make costed recommendations;


    To examine the information, advice and assistance currently available to creditors and debtors, to identify what changes would be necessary to enhance the effectiveness of the current methods of enforcement; and to make costed recommendations;


    To review the powers of bailiffs (county court and private sector) to determine what changes to their powers would be needed to enhance the effective enforcement of civil court judgments and to increase uniformity; and to make costed recommendations;


    To consider what amendment is needed for the successful implementation of Section 13 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990; and to make costed recommendations;


    To consider whether, and if so how, the present power to distrain for rent should be abolished (as recommended by the Law Commission); and to make costed recommendations;


    To identify, in the light of the amended procedures and revised powers of bailiffs, the type of agent(s) or form of agency which should be responsible for carrying out those enforcement procedures; and to make costed recommendations;


    To implement those recommendations accepted by the Lord Chancellor (including the production of a unified set of Rules of Court for enforcement); and


    To gather the necessary data to make comparisons between the current and revised methods of enforcement and to evaluate the effectiveness of the project.

The review will commence in April 1998. The first changes resulting from the review should come into effect in the courts in November 2001.

Export Licences

Baroness Hilton of Eggardon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether statistics on export licences issued and refused for the second half of 1996 have been placed in the Library of the House further to the Written Answer by Lord Clinton-Davis of 30 October 1997. (WA 256-257).[HL1214]

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Clinton-Davis): The statistics on export licences issued and refused for the second half of 1996 have been placed in the Library of the House today.

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Nurse Prescribing

Baroness Cumberlege asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In view of the successful evaluation of nurse prescribing pilot schemes, whether they will allocate specific funding to every health authority so that all district nurses and health visitors will be able to prescribe by the year 2000; and [HL1153]

    Whether they will ensure that a strategy is in place and fully funded to extend nurse prescribing to all

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    specialist nurses working in community and acute settings, so that they will be able to prescribe by the year 2005.[HL1154]

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Government will shortly announce their response to the evaluation of the current nurse prescribing pilots. We await the outcome of the Crown Review of Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Medicines, before any decisions are taken on extending prescribing rights to other groups of nurses.



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