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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): I intend to establish a small committee to investigate the provision of legal advice by non-legally qualified persons who act as claims assessors, whose business is to process claims on behalf of clients arising as a result of death or personal injury. In particular, the committee will examine the sector's cost, standard, appropriateness and customer satisfaction. The committee will report its findings and make recommendations on whether further control of this sector is needed in the public interest.
The Lord Chancellor: The Government's commitment to proportionate creations for the Liberal Democrats and other political parties in the House of Lords reform White Paper was a commitment for the lifetime of the transitional House. It should be read in the context of the manifesto commitment to move, over time, towards more accurately reflecting the proportion of votes cast in the previous general election. Numbers cannot presently be specified.
The Lord Chancellor: It would be premature to make any decisions about extending publicly-funded representation in tribunal proceedings before the Government have completed their review of the extent to which current procedures and other arrangements, including representation, comply with our ECHR and EU obligations and until we have identified options for ensuring compliance in the future. If legal aid were to be
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The Government have decided to lift the controls on the export of aircraft, aircraft parts and flight simulators to Libya under the provisions of Dual-Use and Related Goods (Export Control) Regulations 1996, as amended. Legislation will be laid before the House shortly. This decision follows the suspension on 5 April of UN sanctions, which included a prohibition on the supply of any aircraft or aircraft components to Libya.
The Foreign Office will issue a press release later today. The Summary of Government Commitments regarding the Application of Strategic Export Controls will be amended and updated versions placed in the Libraries of the House and on the FCO website. The Department of Trade and Industry will issue a notice to exporters before the amending legislation takes effect.
Further to the Answer I gave to the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, on 25 March 1999, my department and the Ministry of Defence have approved the issue of a licence by the Department of Trade and Industry, as an exception to our embargo on Iran, for the export of 1,020 bullet proof vests to the United Nations Drug Control Programme to equip Iranian frontier personnel. The bullet proof vests will enhance the capacity of Iran's frontier personnel to combat drug trafficking and reduce the sad toll of casualties which they have borne in the past 20 years.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The North Atlantic Council agreed a visit and search regime for ships suspected of carrying fuel to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 25 May. The regime is based on the consent of participating states. To enable the United Kingdom to participate fully in this regime legislation allowing Royal Navy vessels to visit and search British ships outside UK waters came into force on 3 June.
The necessary enforcement powers in respect of United Kingdom ships are contained in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 which revoke the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) Regulations 1999.
The Dependent Territories (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) Order 1999 imposes, by way of the prerogative, an oil embargo against the FRY in the overseas territories, except for Bermuda and Gibraltar, with similar enforcement powers in respect of ships registered in the territories concerned to those in the regulations. The UK does not have powers under the prerogative to legislate for Bermuda, which has been asked to legislate in similar terms. The EC regulation is directly applicable in Gibraltar which will be legislating locally.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: At the end of 1998 there were 4,259 unpaid fines in respect of parking and other minor traffic violations incurred by members of diplomatic missions and international organisations in London. In April this year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote to all diplomatic missions and international organisations in London offering them an opportunity either to pay their outstanding fines or to appeal against them if they considered that they had been incorrectly issued. As a result payments totalling £66,200.00 were received and a number of fines were
|Position||Diplomatic Mission/International Organisation||Number of Fines Outstanding|
|6||United Arab Emirates||101|
|45||International Maritime Organisation||15|
|56||Eastern Caribbean States||11|