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NATO's Actions: Influence

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: We see no reason why NATO action in Kosovo should lead any state to consider acquiring nuclear weapons.

High Altitude Bombing

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: We take the need to avoid dangerous emissions from nuclear and chemical plants fully into account in making our decision on targeting. The UK will comply with its obligations under the First Geneva Protocol.

Depleted Uranium

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: No depleted uranium based ammunition has been used by UK forces during Operation Allied Force. I cannot comment on behalf of other NATO nations.

Data Protection Legislation

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Burlison: The principal EC legislation relating to data protection is Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data; and Directive 97/66/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the telecommunications sector. When it is brought into force later this year, the Data Protection Act 1998 will give effect to Directive 95/46/EC. A Regulatory

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Appraisal including a compliance cost assessment was placed in the Library of the House when the Data Protection Bill was introduced in January 1998. The Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) (Direct Marketing) Regulations 1998, which come into force on 1 May, will partially implement Directive 97/66/EC. A Regulatory Impact Assessment on these regulations has been placed in the Library of the House. Further regulations will be laid before Parliament in order that they can be brought into force at the same time as the 1998 Act. A full Regulatory Impact Assessment on these regulations will be prepared and placed in the Library of the House at that time. A number of other legislative instruments contain data protection provisions which relate to the fields covered by the instruments.

Child Curfew Orders

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many child curfew orders have now been made.[HL2167]

Lord Burlison: The Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 extended curfew orders backed by electronic monitoring to 10-15 year old young offenders. Pilots started on 1 January 1998 in Norfolk and the City of Manchester magistrates' court and 1 April 1998 in other Greater Manchester magistrates' courts. So far, 58 boys and six girls have been subject to such orders: one aged 11, seven aged 13 years, 14 aged 14 years and 42 aged 15 years.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 provided for local child curfews to help local authorities develop their community safety strategies--specifically to help protect young children from being drawn into anti- social or criminal behaviour and communities from the misery and distress which can be caused by groups of unsupervised children. They are intended for use only as part of an authority's community safety strategy where it identifies a problem involving disruptive young children. So far, no applications have been made to the Secretary of State since the new provisions came into effect on 30 September 1998.

General Pinochet

Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Home Secretary on 15 April (HC Deb., WA 311-316), in which he specified that if an extradition request is made by a Convention State under the terms of the European Convention on Extradition Order 1990 it is not necessary for the said State to furnish evidence sufficient to warrant a trial or for the court of committal to be satisfied that there is evidence sufficient to warrant the trial, whether nonetheless at

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    a future stage of the extradition proceedings against Senator Pinochet the Home Secretary will be prepared to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant the trial of Senator Pinochet.[HL2135]

Lord Burlison: In the event that Senator Pinochet is committed by the Magistrate at Bow Street to await the Secretary of State's decision as to surrender, there is a statutory right for the Senator to make any representations he may wish to make against his surrender. The Secretary of State is under a statutory duty at that time to consider any representations made in the exercise of that right.

Victims of Crime: Compensation Payments by Police

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will set out the conditions under which police forces pay compensation to the victims or families of victims of crime.[HL2168]

Lord Burlison: There is no central guidance issued to police forces on the payment of compensation to the victims or families of victims of crime. Claims are a matter for the police authority and the individuals concerned. The Home Office has no role to play in their resolution.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme provides payment from public funds to blameless victims of crimes of violence and those injured in trying to apprehend criminals or prevent crime. At the end of March, my right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced a public consultation exercise on how the scheme might be refined or improved.

Cardiff: Continuing Care for the Elderly

The Earl of Haddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the draft and final copy reports by the Cardiff District Auditors into continuing elderly care in Cardiff.[HL2155]

Lord Burlison: This report has been prepared by the District Audit Service for the City and County of Cardiff Council and its current status is that of a draft private document. In these circumstances and taking into account the statutory powers available, the Welsh Office cannot arrange to place a copy of the report in the Library of the House.

It is a statutory responsibility of the District Audit Service to decide whether this report should be published as a public interest report under the Audit Commission Act 1998 (sections 8-13). If the report is so designated, then it places obligations on the local authority about how to proceed, including ensuring open public access to the document.

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Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Lord Hughes of Woodside asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What performance targets they have set the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for 1999-2000.[HL2272]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): We have set the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science the following performance targets for 1999-2000. Delivery of Service 1. To give satisfaction to its customers in the way that outputs are provided taking account of the relevance, timeliness and value for money of outputs and the achievement of ROAME milestones. Quality of Science 2. To maintain a high standard of excellence, based on indicators of scientific and technical quality. Efficiency 3. To achieve the savings forecast in the efficiency plan. Financial Performance 4. To recover from government departments and agencies and external customers the full economic costs (calculated according to accruals accounting) of its services. 5. To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.

Farming and Rural Conservation Agency

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What performance targets they have set the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency for 1999-2000.[HL2270]

Lord Donoughue: We have set the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency the following performance targets for 1999-2000. 1. To deliver a 5 per cent. saving on new applications for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme compared with 1998-99. Delivery of Service 2. 92 per cent. of work completed to time. 3. 98 per cent. of work completed to quality standards agreed with MAFF and WOAD customers. People 4. To achieve Investors in People accreditation. Financial Performance 5. To recover from government departments the full economic cost (calculated to accruals accounting) of its services.

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6. To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.


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