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Motorists: Blood/Urine Samples

The Marquess of Ailesbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The great majority of prosecutions for drink drive offences use evidence from the evidential breath alcohol testing instruments in police stations. The Road Traffic Act 1988 (as amended) sets out a few specific situations, including relevant medical reasons or where drug influence is suspected, when a constable may require a sample of blood or urine instead of breath. Section 7(4) of the Act states that it is for the constable to decide whether it should be blood or urine and the choice of the police is normally for blood. This is for a number of reasons, which include hygiene, greater certainty of obtaining an evidential sample and best use of police resources. However, the Act goes on to state that if a medical practitioner is of the opinion that, for medical reasons, a specimen of blood cannot be or should not be taken, then a urine specimen should be used. This legislation has been tested and confirmed in the courts over a long period.

Wales: General Schools Budgets

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested is given in the table.

LEA Education Funding 1998-99

LEAGSB (£k)PSB (£k)Difference (£k)Difference as % of GSB
Anglesey29,61224,2585,35418.1
Blaenau Gwent28,51923,7114,80816.9
Bridgend56,87347,1009,77317.2
Caerphilly77,53961,71515,82420.4
Cardiff131,028100,40630,62223.4
Carmarthen77,59663,76113,83517.8
Ceredigion35,41026,7038,70724.6
Conwy33,62325,5808,04323.9
Denbighshire37,31530,4666,84918.4
Flintshire59,73749,7669,97116.7
Gwynedd51,42440,71310,71120.8
Merthyr Tydfil28,95924,5984,36115.1
Monmouthshire34,10826,6877,42121.8
Neath Port Talbot60,43251,0049,42815.6
Newport61,01049,06911,94119.6
Pembrokeshire53,03942,63410,40519.6
Powys60,80745,70015,10724.8
Rhondda Cynon Taff119,83692,47427,36222.8
Swansea89,61873,62615,99217.8
Torfaen38,13132,7455,38614.1
Vale of Glamorgan42,04833,9958,05319.2
Wrexham44,52637,2167,31016.4
Wales1,251,1901,003,927247,26319.8

Notes:

GSB: General Schools Budget, i.e., the amount spent directly and indirectly on school based education;

PSB: Potential Schools Budget, i.e., the amount an LEA could potentially delegate to its schools after deducting prescribed "excepted" items of expenditure.

Source:

LEA Section 122 budget statements 1998-99.


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Charities Taxation Review

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the forthcoming Tax Review Consultation paper will address the difficulties imposed on small rural communities by the recent clarification note issued by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise on the VAT refund scheme.[HL71]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Over 3,000 responses were received in the first phase of the Review of Charities' Taxation, including letters from charities concerned about rural community issues. All the contributions are currently being analysed and will inform a public consultation document which will be published as soon as possible.

Eurostar Services to South West England

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the provision of Eurostar services to the South West of England has been reviewed by the train operator consortium.[HL72]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The consortium chosen by LCR to operate Eurostar have been asked to review all options for feasible regional Eurostar services, and to put proposals to the Government before the end of the year. Ministers will report the outcome of the review to Parliament before the end of the year.

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Genetically Modified Plant Varieties: Seed Listing Applications

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Donoughue on 22 October (WA 183), whether they will list those applications which they have received for marketing consent under Directive 90/220 for varieties of plants which are genetically modified and which are subject to applications for National Seed Listing in this country, indicating the dates of application and consent, the proposing member state, the current status, the corresponding National Seed List application reference number and date, and, if different from the national list applications, the applicant's name.[HL38]

Lord Whitty: The applications for genetically modified plants which have been received for marketing consent under Directive 90/220 which are also subject to applications for National Seed Listing in the UK are: (1) Marketing Application for glufosinate tolerant maize Reference number: C/F/95/12/07 Date of application: 31 May 1996 Date of consent: consent issued by French Competent Authority (awaiting formal notification from Commission) Proposing Member State: France Applicant's name: Advanta Current status: Commission adopted decision 22 April 1998 Corresponding National Seed List Application Reference number: 51/833 Date of application: 16 Janaury 1998 Applicant's name: Van der Have (2) Marketing Application for glufosinate tolerant and hybrid system oilseed rape Reference number: 94/M1/1 Date of application: 7 February 1994 Date of consent: 28 February 1996 Proposing Member State: United Kingdom Applicant's name: Plant Genetic Systems Current status: Consent issued for commercial seed production only Marketing Applications for glufosinate tolerant and hybrid system oilseed rape Reference number: C/F/95/05-01(A) and (B) Date of application: 27 July 1995 Date of consent: consent not yet issued Proposing Member State: France Applicant's name: Plant Genetic Systems Current status: Qualified majority vote in favour (5 December 1996)

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Corresponding National Seed List Applications Reference number: 35/959, 35/960, 35/1210, 35/1211, 35/1316, 35/1318 Date of application: 14 December 1995 (35/959, 35/960) 12 January 1998 (35/1210, 35/1211) 11 August 1998 (35/1316, 35/1318) Applicant's name: Plant Genetic Systems

Hedgerow Regulations 1997

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will confirm that neither the Hedgerow Regulations 1997, nor any amending measure, will remove or reduce that protection of hedgerows which is provided within acts of enclosure passed before 1840.[HL108]

Lord Whitty: Yes. Consent given under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997 to remove a hedgerow does not override other legal obligations, such as those contained in Inclosure Acts and Awards. Any revisions to the regulations or the governing legislation should not alter the position.

Motorway Service Stations

Viscount Simon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the stretches of motorway (including stretches of linked motorways) where the spacing between motorway services areas significantly exceeds the recommended 30 mile gap; whether they consider that spacings in excess of 30 miles are excessive in view of current and anticipated volumes of traffic; and whether they have plans to encourage services to be built in identified gaps.[HL116]

Lord Whitty: I regret that my reply of 11 November (WA99-100) omitted a group of motorway journeys during which it is possible to travel more than 30 miles between motorway services areas (MSAs). In addition to those involving the western side of the M.25 and the eastern end of the M.20 that I identified then, it is also possible to travel more than 30 miles between services on the M.18/M.180/M.62.

There are a number of current planning applications for MSAs on the M.25(W) which could potentially fill the gap which exists there. For the M.20, planning permission has been granted for a site at Junction 11, construction of which would fill that gap. Similarly, the remaining M.18/M.180/M.62 gaps would be filled by construction of the MSA for which planning permission has been granted.

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Fatal Injuries

Viscount Simon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many people have been killed in each of the last five years:


    (a) as a result of road traffic accidents;


    (b) as a result of other criminal activity; and what is the average cost of a typical investigation of these deaths.[HL117]

Lord Whitty: The following information is available:


    (a) Great Britain

    Year Fatal road casualties(4) Homicides(5)
    1993 3,814 681
    1994 3,650 743
    1995 3,621 796
    1996 3,598 722
    1997 3,599738

    (4) Road accident casualties who sustained injuries which caused death less than 30 days after the accident. (5) Homicides currently recorded by the police (victims of offences of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in England and Wales, and of murder or culpable homicide in Scotland).



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