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Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In recognition of the progress being made towards respect for human rights and the restoration of a democratic civilian government in Nigeria, on 1 November the EU adopted a new Common Position, replacing the Common Positions of 20 November 1995 and 4 December 1995. The UK was at the forefront of those advocating this change of policy. As a result the following measures have now been lifted: all visa restrictions; the ban on high level visits; the ban on sporting contacts; the ban on the appointment of European military personnel to diplomatic missions in Nigeria and Nigerian military personnel in the European Union.
The following measures continue to apply: suspension of military co-operation; cancellation of training courses for all Nigerian military personnel, except for non-combative courses to encourage respect for human rights and to prepare the military for the democratic control by a civilian government of the armed forces; an embargo on arms, munitions and military equipment. A dialogue on development co-operation may now be resumed with a view to re-engagement after the installation of a democratically elected civilian government.
The European Union also re-affirmed its willingness to strengthen a constructive dialogue with Nigeria and to support the electoral process. It also reiterated its support for Nigeria's regional peacekeeping activities.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Her Majesty's Government will continue to implement rigorously the EU arms embargo against Nigeria. The UK interprets this as covering all goods and technology on the UK Military List which forms Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods Order 1994, as amended.
Following consultations with this department and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry recently approved, as an exception, a licence for the export of three military listed protected vehicles for use by the Central Bank of Nigeria for the escort of currency. This licence is being granted to permit a civilian end user to meet legitimate security needs and is consistent with the purpose of the embargo.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): We welcome any steps proposed by the dental profession to improve the safety of dental treatment under general anaesthesia.
Baroness Hayman: Information of this detail is not available centrally, but waiting times for oral surgery for each hospital trust are included in the publication "Waiting times for first outpatient appointments; detailed statistics, quarter ended 30 June 1999" a copy of which is available in the Library.
What assessment the Department of Health has made of the increased case load and cost which the General Dental Council's restrictions on general anaesthesia in dental surgeries will impose on the Hospital Dental Services.[HL3892]
Baroness Hayman: The General Dental Council's amendment to its ethical guidance on general anaesthesia, sedation and resuscitation has not precluded the provision of general anaesthesia with dental treatment in primary care.
(a) to the public purse; and
(b) to the dental profession.[HL3890]
Baroness Hayman: The allocation to regional health authorities from 1992 to 1995 from the Department of Health was £20.4 million. Since then any further costs have been part of baseline allocations. Costs to the dental profession would be part of the normal business of running a dental practice and therefore not directly identified by government.
How many deaths and cases of severe morbidity have been associated with general anaesthesia for dental treatment in each year 1988 to 1998; and what was the location of each incident and the status of the administrator of the anaesthetic.[HL3889]
Year Total Place of operation: dental practice Place of operation: hospital Status of administrator and other comments
1998 1 0 1 Not available centrally
1989 3 1 2 Not available centrally
1990 2 0 2 Not available centrally
1991 0 0 0 1992 6 3 2 GMP--3 cases GDP--1 case
1993 1 0 1 Anaesthetic registrar
1994 0 0 0 1995 0 0 0 1996 2 2 0 Consultant anaesthetist--2 cases
1997 1 1 0 Consultant anaesthetist
1998 3 3 0 GDP--1 case Anaesthetist--2 cases (one case in Scotland)
GMP--General Medical Practitioner.