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Lord Sewel: Of some 100,259 claims made in 1997 by Scottish farmers under the five schemes subject to the Integrated Administrative and Control System, 96,321 have been paid in full. The eligibility of the remainder is still being investigated.
Lord Sewel: There have been no recent problems over OS Field numbers in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Scotland, however, experienced some difficulty in introducing a new Field Identification System which allocated new field identification numbers to over 500,000 fields on 30,000 farms. This was an extremely difficult and highly complex system to introduce. The problems have now been resolved.
Ordnance Survey also experienced significant delays in the generation and allocation of the new Field Identifiers when the quality of the source data, i.e. original mapping submitted by producers, was of poor quality and the extent of individual fields was not clearly delineated. However, most of those problems were resolved some time ago and Ordnance Survey updates the database when new changes are received, e.g. splitting a field into two parts.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): Since 1 February 1993, when the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) Regulation 1992 came into force, the Secretary of State has, with respect to Section 112(5)(b), not been notified of any new information on the risks of damage to the environment, but has received reports on the outcome of every release authorised. These reports are held on a public register in the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. With respect to Section 112(7)(b), the Secretary of State has not been notified of any new information.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): It is not possible to provide an estimated cost at present as the case is still in progress. A Directions hearing took place on 2 November but no further dates or time estimates have been set for future hearings. The daily cost of hearing a High Court case is about £1,100, which includes the cost of the judge, administrative assistance and courtroom accommodation. The costs of running the civil courts are recovered from fee income.
The Lord Chancellor: The courts have a wide discretion in respect of costs and can take into account their impact on a person's ability to bring proceedings. The Divisional Court in the cases of R v. Lord Chancellor ex parte Child Poverty Action Group and R v. Director of Public Prosecutions ex parte Bull and another (the report can be found in the All England Law Reports  2 All ER 755) set out the considerations it would take into account in the circumstances described by the noble Lord.
The measurement of economic activity is covered by the internationally agreed System of National Accounts 1993, and GDP and GNP are widely used as measures of economic activity by countries around the world. For the European Union, the equivalent of the System of National Accounts has been agreed under the ESA95 Council Regulation No. 2223/96 on "the European system of national and regional accounts in the Community".
Estimates of GDP may not capture all economic activity in countries which have, for example, a significant amount of illegal economic production, a large volume of transactions in barter, or substantial household production. However, these are extremely difficult to measure, more still to measure with any realistic comparability between countries.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Five foreign satellite television channels have been proscribed under the Broadcasting Act 1990. They are: Red Hot Television (in 1993); XXX TV Erotica (1995); Rendez-Vous Television (1996); Satisfaction Club Television (1997); and Eurotica Rendez-Vous (1998). Of these, the Government understand that only Satisfaction Club Television and Eurotica Rendez-Vous are still offering a service. The Independent Television Commission, in accordance with Section 177 of the 1990 Broadcasting Act, has notified the Secretary of State that Eros TV is an unacceptable service. The Government have now, in accordance with the provisions of Article 2a of the Broadcasting Directive, notified the parties concerned, with a view, in the first instance, of reaching an amicable settlement. If this is not possible, the Secretary of State will consider making a proscription order against Eros TV. Prosecutions under the Act are matters for the police authorities; information is not held centrally.
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