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Gypsy Caravan Count

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: The figures for the January 1998 count of gypsy caravans will be published shortly. Copies of the figures, together with a copy of the list of local authority gypsy sites at 1 January 1998, will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses as soon as they become available.

EC Treaty: Derogation from Principle of Non-discrimination

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): Article 48(3) of the EC treaty concerns freedom of movement of workers.

The system of national quotas under the common fisheries policy applies without discrimination to all member states and does not invalidate the treaty.

Spent Nuclear Fuel

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Simon of Highbury on 10 March (WA 27), what are the "necessary environmental and regulatory requirements" which owners of spent fuel are required to meet when deciding whether to reprocess it or seek alternative options for waste management.[HL1560]

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Simon of Highbury): The environmental and regulatory requirements which an owner of spent nuclear fuel should take into account in deciding between the various options for its management would include those which he would expect the relevant regulator to apply to them under the provisions of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 and any other relevant legislation.

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