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Lord Gilbert: Fifty-two officers of the All Arms Watchkeeper and Liaison Officer Pool (Volunteers) have served in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia since January 1995. Six officers have also served on operations in the Middle East in support of the RAF since that date.
Lord Gilbert: We expect, as a result of the reform of the TA, to be able to trawl among the Territorial Army as a whole for officers able to serve with the Regular Army on operational duties. Besides the All Arms Watchkeeper and Liaison Officer Pool, officers can be trawled from the following specialist groups: the Technical Intelligence Staff Officer Pool, the Civil Affairs Group and the Media Operations Group.
Lord Gilbert: No. It is expected that HMS "Intrepid" will remain in service, at low readiness, until 2001. On current plans, she will be replaced by HMS "Albion" in 2002; HMS "Bulwark" is planned to replace "Intrepid's" sister ship, HMS "Fearless" in 2003.
(a) In how many court buildings in Scotland in which the High Court of Justiciary customarily sits, High Court judges can currently be provided with access to the textbooks, law reports, statutory materials and computer databases necessary to enable them to take into account any judgment, decision, declaration or advisory opinion of the European Court of Human Rights or the European Commission of Human Rights relevant to any decisions that may arise in court proceedings as to whether a member of the Scottish Executive has acted or failed to act in a manner compatible with convention rights, and (b) in respect of each of those court buildings in which such facilities do not currently exist, by which dates they will be provided.[HL514]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): Our approach in respect of all appointments is to encourage candidates to be put forward from as broad a range of backgrounds as possible. The aim is to achieve both a strong and a diverse membership. Secretary of State appointees are expected to represent the national interest and ideally combine this with local knowledge of the particular park to which they are appointed.
Lord Whitty: The Working Group on disruptive passengers is due to meet for the first time on 1 February 1999. Of the issues to be discussed, this will be one of many suggestions that the group will be taking into serious consideration.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): The Children Act 1989 defines parental responsibility as "all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property". Any attempt to define the content of parental responsibility in statute might not cover all possible eventualities, and so would inevitably become out of date very quickly. The Act confers parental responsibility automatically on all mothers and on married fathers, and enables unmarried fathers to acquire it by making an agreement with the mother or obtaining an order from the court. The Government intend to amend the Act so that an unmarried father who registers his child's birth jointly with the mother will acquire parental responsibility without further formality.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): An independent national evaluation of Health Action Zones has been commissioned, a key part of which seeks to evaluate the development of public and community involvement and the role played by these processes in achieving Health Action Zone objectives.
Baroness Hayman: Information on vacancy rates for district nurses in England is not available centrally. For the information that is available on district nurse vacancies in Great Britain to March 1997, I refer the noble Lord to the 1998 annual report of the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine, copies of which are available in the Library.
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