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The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): No measures have yet been adopted under the provisions of the Treaty on European Union as amended by the Treaty of Amsterdam referred to in my reply of 18 May. As regards possible future action, the need for implementing measures in respect of new Third Pillar instruments, and their scope, will be considered on a case by case basis.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Sevso Collection came to public attention in 1990 via a public exhibition of the silver by Sotheby's prior to auction in New York. Once exhibited, writs were served on Sotheby's by the Lebanese, Yugoslav and Hungarian Governments, all of whom claimed true title. A request was made to the United Kingdom Government by the above governments for New Scotland Yard to investigate the origin of the current possession of the collection.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: As a result of the consolidation of the Prison Rules which came into force on 1 April 1999, Rule 94, which related to the general duties of boards, has now become Prison Rule 77.
Comprehensive information and guidance to members of Board of Visitors on their general duties is provided in the handbook for members, which is updated regularly. Boards receive as and when necessary further guidance through the circulars issued by the Boards of Visitors secretariat. Appropriate training is also provided to members.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Provisional information for 30 April 1999 shows that there were a total of 481 persons, 475 males and 6 females aged 65 years or over in prisons in England and Wales. This includes both remand and sentenced prisoners.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The number of American bulldogs imported into the United Kingdom in the past two and a half years is as follows:
Lord Donoughue: Rabies vaccine will be made freely available in due course to owners of cats and dogs participating in the Pet Travel Scheme, EU law does not at present require rabies vaccine to be freely available.
Lord Donoughue: The Advisory Group on Quarantine recommended that, under the new arrangements it proposed for pets, laboratories should be accredited to perform serological tests according to a quality procedure specified and operated by the British authorities. The Government have accepted this recommendation. This is a different procedure to that for "Balai" animals. This is because under the Balai scheme, traded cats and dogs cannot move from their holding of origin before being exported to the UK. This provides an additional guarantee of freedom from rabies. Thus the serological test does not play such a crucial role for Balai animals as it will for ordinary pets which will have moved from their holding of origin. Once the Government have approved a list of laboratories for serological testing under the Pet Travel Scheme, a list will be placed in the Library of the House.
Lord Donoughue: As announced by my right honourable friend (the Minister) on 21 April, the Government are undertaking an examination of the impact of meat inspection charges on abattoirs and producers. As part of that examination, a letter to interested organisations was dispatched on 7 May requesting relevant information with a request for replies by noon on 17 May. Separate letters were sent to organisations in Scotland and Wales. The letter was given wide publicity, including being placed on the MAFF Internet site. In addition to written responses, my officials have also met representatives of the Anglian Poultry Producers Action Group, the British Meat Federation (formerly the Federation of Fresh Meat Wholesalers) and the Small Abattoirs Federation at their request. In my right honourable friend's announcement, it was made clear that the study would be completed quickly. Although the period for receipt of responses was shorter than that recommended in the government guidance for the conduct of consultation exercises, we are endeavouring to take account of all responses received after the due date.
Lord Donoughue: European Commission representatives inspected our Date-based Export Scheme procedures from
12 to 16 April. My officials are currently preparing a response to the Commission's draft report of the inspection, which was received on 27 May. The Commission will then finalise the report and present it to the Standing Veterinary Committee before setting a date for DBES exports to start.
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