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However, to cover the case of the countries which find REPAs unsuitable, the European Union's (EU) Post Lome negotiating mandate includes a commitment to seek ways of maintaining levels of market access equivalent to current levels for all ACP countries after the expiry of the Lome IV Convention.
Baroness Amos : The benefit of the Sugar Protocol and Special Preference Sugar arrangements has been to transfer resources (through high sugar prices) to the ACP countries. This in turn has led to greater employment in the sugar sector and greater tax revenues available for investment in health, education and poverty reduction. Some ACP countries have also used the income to diversify their economies. Others have not and remain very dependent on sugar.
In the absence of the Chief Executive, Mr David Welch, I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to reply to your parliamentary Question about parking spaces on the north side of the Mall in London.
There are 277 parking spaces available. The agency issues car parking permits to government departments and other organisations neighbouring the Mall, and they are responsible for allocating individual spaces to staff who work unsocial hours, are disabled, or for whom a car is essential to carry out their official business. The agency does not charge for parking in this area.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government keep the funding of all the museums and galleries that they sponsor under regular review and in this context are discussing with the Tate Gallery the future funding requirements for all its establishments, including Tate Modern.
|(a) Travelling expenses||£2,003,785|
|(b) Night subsistence||£2,992,272|
|(c) Day subsistence and incidental travel||£2,084,818|
|(d) Secretarial costs, postage and certain additional expenses||£2,089,549|
In addition, a total of £316,597 was expended on allowances for Lords' Ministers and Office Holders (£156,210), Personal Accident and Travel Insurance (£21,540) and Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties in the House of Lords (£138,847).
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The MoD has a policy of moving military vehicles in convoys because experience has shown that this optimises the use of roads while minimising the impact of military vehicles on other road users, particularly if the vehicles are carrying classified or outsize loads requiring police and/or military escort.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The UK remains fully committed to supporting NATO operations in Bosnia. In conjunction with Allies, we have just completed a careful assessment of the current security situation in Bosnia. The situation has improved sufficiently in the four years since the deployment of the Implementation Force (IFOR) for NATO to move safely to a restructured force of some
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Following the announcement on the 6 July that further discussions with stakeholders were continuing, we have held consultations with interested parties, including UK industry, our international partners, DERA staff and trade unions. In response to the feedback we have received, and a number of views expressed, we have decided to widen the scope of these discussions to address the issues raised in the consultation process. We will now undertake further work on these issues. This process will continue into the New Year.
We continue to work positively for a PP result which will strengthen DERA's ability to continue to provide world class scientific research and enable it to be a flexible and responsive organisation which can attract investment and develop new business, while at the same time preserving our essential defence interests and maintaining our valuable collaborative relationships.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Government remain firmly committed to the defence of the Falkland Islands and the right of the islanders to determine their own future. There are no plans to make changes to the front line strength of our forces stationed there. We have concluded however that minor adjustments can be made to some elements of the Falklands garrison without diminishing our ability to ensure the security of the islands. These adjustments will reduce the number of servicemen and servicewomen stationed there by around 100. The first of these adjustments, the withdrawal of a contingent of Royal Engineers, took place in early September. The remaining changes will be implemented over the coming months. These changes are a further demonstration of this government's efforts to ease the burden on the armed forces where at all possible.
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