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ACPO: Administration and Licensing of Firearms Sub-Committee

The Earl of Haddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Details of those attending each meeting of the working groups (including members absent) for each date on which the groups met are set out below:

The Historic Firearms Reference Panel

6 May 1997
Mr. Widdecombe (Chair)Home Office
Mr. BarrettHome Office
Deputy Chief Constable BennetFife Constabulary
Superintendent DuncanGrampian Police
Mr. LobbNorthamptonshire Police
Mr. McCollCambridgeshire Constabulary
Mr. MilnerRegistered Firearms Dealer
Mr. PennImperial War Museum
Mr. PitcherLondon Proof House
Dr. RoadsHistoric Arms Rescue
Mr. WarlowForensic Science Service
Mr. WoodendMinistry of Defence Pattern Room
Mr. Worth (Secretary)Home Office
12 September 1997
Mr. Widdecombe (Chair)Home Office
Mr. BarrettHome Office
Deputy Chief Constable BennetFife Constabulary
Superintendent DuncanGrampian Police
Mr. LobbNorthamptonshire Police
Mr. McCollCambridgeshire Constabulary
Mr. MilnerRegistered Firearms Dealer
Mr. PennImperial War Museum
Mr. PitcherLondon Proof House
Dr. RoadsHistoric Arms Rescue
Mr. WarlowForensic Science Service
Mr. WoodendMinistry of Defence Pattern Room
Mr. Worth (Secretary)Home Office
17 September 1997
Mr. Widdecombe (Chair)Home Office
Mr. BarrettHome Office
Chief Inspector MorrisSouth Wales Constabulary
Superintendent DuncanGrampian Police
Mr. LobbNorthamptonshire Police
Mr. McCollCambridgeshire Constabulary
Mr. MilnerRegistered Firearms Dealer
Mr. PennImperial War Museum
Dr. RoadsHistoric Arms Rescue
Mr. WarlowForensic Science Service
Mr. Worth (Secretary)Home Office
The Forms Working Group
19 February 1998
Mr. BarrettHome Office
Mr. WorthHome Office
Mr. MoffatFife Constabulary
Superintendent DuncanGrampian Police
Sergeant JohnsonMerseyside Police
Mr. McCollCambridgeshire Constabulary
Ms RogersSouth Wales Constabulary
Mr. CarterDirector, The Gun Trade Association Ltd.
Mr. Ewing OBENational Rifle Association
Mr. HarrimanAssociation British Shooting Sports Council
Mr. PhillipsOffice of Legislative Affairs
Mr. MalbonThe Sportsman's Association
Mr. PennImperial War Museum/Muzzle Loaders Association
The Clubs Criteria Working Group
21 April 1997
Mr. BoneHome Office
Mr. BottomleyHome Office
Mr. CourtneyMuzzle Loaders Association
Superintendent DuncanGrampian Police
Mr. EwingFirearms Consultative Committee/National Rifle Association
Mr. HoareBritish Shooting Sports Council/Firearms Consultative Committee/National Rifle Association
Mr. PennFirearms Consultative Committee/Muzzle Loaders Association
Mr. TolleyWest Mercia Police
Mr. Worth (Secretary)Home Office
(apologies were received from Mr. Lodge, Scottish Office)
17 November 1997
Mr. Barrett (Chair)Home Office
Mr. Courtney Muzzle Loaders Association
Superintendent DuncanGrampian Police
Mr. EwingFirearms Consultative Committee/National Rifle Association
Mr. HoareBritish Shooting Sports Council/Firearms Consultative Committee/National Rifle Association
Mr. GroothuisFirearms Licensing Officer, Hampshire Constabulary
Chief Inspector TalbotHampshire Constabulary
Mr. Bottomley (Secretary)Home Office
(apologies from Mr. Fruin, Home Office and Ms McGlynn, Scottish Office)

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NHS Trusts in Wales

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made with the reconfiguration of NHS Trusts in Wales since publication of the finalised Project Plan in September 1997.[HL1664]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Since the issuing of the Project Plan in September 1997 health authorities in Wales have worked with their local NHS trusts to consult a wide range of interested parties on the optimal configuration of trusts for their areas. Proposals were submitted by the five health authorities at the beginning of February 1998. After considering these and other proposals, my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Win Griffiths) announced on 30 March 1998 a new shape of NHS trusts for Wales on which he intends to consult. Work is currently in hand on the production of consultation documents and he expects to be in a position to start formal consultation in June.

Wales: Hospital Waiting Lists

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How hospital waiting lists in Wales currently compare with similar lists in May 1997.[HL1665]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: As reported by Welsh health authorities, the number of Welsh residents waiting for a hospital out-patient appointment increased by 9 per cent. from 100,100 on 30 April 1997 to 109,300 on 28 February 1998, and the number of Welsh residents waiting for admission to hospital for in-patient or daycase treatment increased by 10 per cent., from 65,900 on 30 April 1997 to 72,500 on 28 February 1998.

Identity Card Scheme: Costs

Lord Hooson asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they accept the estimate of the previous government that it would cost £600 million to introduce a national identity card scheme; if so, whether they will set out the components of this estimate; and whether they are prepared to invite competitive tenders for the introduction of such a scheme.[HL1686]

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: This figure was given in the 1995 Green Paper, Identity Cards: A Consultation Document, as the previous Government's broad estimate of the cost if there were to be a compulsory identity card scheme for all adults. This was derived from the unit cost of issuing passports, which at the time was £13 per head, and the estimated adult population of 46 million.

We accept this figure as a benchmark cost. However, whether or not to introduce any form of national identity card scheme is first and foremost a question of public policy. We have no current proposals to introduce one, and it would not therefore be appropriate to commission an up to date costing exercise or to invite tenders.

Venture Trust: Applecross Project

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are their plans for the future of the Venture Trust project at Applecross in Scotland.[HL1725]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: We are committed to funding the Venture Trust's Applecross project until 31 March 1999. Funding beyond that date will depend upon the outcome of an evaluation of the project which is to be carried out later this year.

Europol: Consultation on Draft Protocol

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What consultation they carried out with police or judicial authorities and any voluntary organisation concerned with the liberty of citizens, prior to publication of any draft convention or protocol relating to Europol; and to whom was any response received made available.[HL1670]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers and the National Criminal Intelligence Service are included in the United Kingdom delegation to the Europol Working Group, the European Union forum in which these matters are initially discussed. The draft text of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities for Europol, its directors and staff, was first deposited for United Kingdom parliamentary scrutiny, together with an Explanatory Note, on 17 March 1997. An updated text and Note were submitted on 12 May 1997. The final draft and related Note were tabled for scrutiny on 14 August 1997. There followed correspondence between Ministers and Justice.

Copies of the correspondence were sent to the noble Lord, Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Select Committee on the European Communities.

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Europol: Management Board

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Who at present constitute the managing board of Europol; and to whom is any United Kingdom person so appointed responsible (a) within the European Union and (b) the United Kingdom.[HL1667]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The management board of Europol will not be appointed until the convention comes into force, which is expected to be in autumn this year. No United Kingdom appointment to the management board has yet been made. Any such appointee will be responsible to the Home Secretary in the United Kingdom. The management board as a whole will be responsible to the Council of Ministers.


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