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The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: Copies of the various drafts of the proposed directive and the cost-benefit analyses

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DETR commissioned from Entec UK Ltd, which referred to animal carcass incinerators, were distributed as they arose to the trade representative organisations listed below over the period since 1994, as well as to relevant government departments. Trade representative organisations were also invited to meetings with DETR at which the proposed directive was explained on the following dates: 27 April 1994, 25 September 1997 and 6 October 1998.


    Association of Drum Manufacturers


    Association of Independent Electricity Producers


    Association of Electrical Machinery Trades


    British Scrap Federation


    British Cement Association


    British Recovered Paper Association


    British Biogen


    British Foundries Association


    British Plastics Federation


    Chemical Industries Association


    Combined Heat and Power Association


    Combustion Engineering Association


    Confederation of British Industry


    Electricity Association


    Energy from Waste Association


    Environmental Services Association


    Environmental Engineering Group, Open University


    Federation of Small Businesses


    Food and Drink Federation


    Institute of Waste Management


    Licensed Animal Slaughterers & Salvage Association


    National Farmers Union


    National Association of Waste Disposal Officers


    Oil Recycling Association


    Paper Federation of Great Britain


    Pet Food Manufacturers' Association


    Photographic Wastes Management Association


    Quarry Products Association


    Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders Ltd


    TRADA Technology Ltd


    UK Renderers Association Ltd


    UK Steel Association


    United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association


    Waste Processing Association


    Water UK


    Wood Panel Industries Federation.

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    On what date they were advised that the draft Incineration of Waste Directive was to apply to the incineration of animal carcasses; and who was

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    informed that the exemptions for incineration of animal carcasses were to be withdrawn; and[HL2418]

    Whether they have considered the proposal at the conciliation phase of an amendment to the draft Incineration of Waste Directive to re-introduce the exemption for the incineration of animal carcasses in small rural incinerators.[HL2421]

Lord Whitty: The European Commission working papers, the first of which was issued in 1994, and the subsequent formal Commission proposal for a waste incineration Directive of October 1998, excluded burning of certain waste by reference to Directive 75/442/EEC. Animal carcasses were among the wastes excluded but only if they were already covered by other legislation. The Council's Common Position text does the same. The Government's view is that environmental standards for animal carcass incineration are not covered by any other Community legislation and that, as was the case at earlier stages, animal carcass incinerators are therefore not excluded from the scope of the incineration proposal Common Position.

The Council is currently considering the European Parliament's amendments to the Common Position, including those affecting the scope, at official level. Council's rules of procedure do not allow me to comment on the detail of those discussions. No decisions have been taken by the Council in relation to the European Parliament's amendments. We will keep the House informed in the usual way.

Constitution Hill: Memorial Gates

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the proposed Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill will create unnecessary traffic obstruction; and whether alternative sites could be examined.[HL2463]

Lord Whitty: The Memorial Gates will not create a traffic obstruction. The work to the road layout at the junction of Constitution Hill with Hyde Park Corner has been carried out with the proposed gates in mind and there should therefore be a minimum of disruption to traffic when the gates are in place.

Northern Ireland: Intensive Care

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they intend to take in Northern Ireland to correct the shortage of intensive care beds in the Health Service; whether one of the steps could be the creation of more high dependency beds; and whether they will provide any resources additional to those available currently.[HL2181]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): The provision of intensive care and high dependency services was reviewed recently by the

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Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland. She has recommended that eight new intensive care beds and 50 additional high dependency beds should be provided to ensure that adequate levels of these services are available. Of the additional £53 million allocated to the Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland as a result of this year's budget, a total of £17 million has been earmarked for hospital services, including intensive care and high dependency provision.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the report from the working party looking at intensive care and high dependency provision in Northern Ireland will be available.[HL2182]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The provision of intensive care and high dependency services was reviewed recently by the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland and the report is now available. I shall arrange for a copy to be sent to the noble Lord.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence: Northern Ireland Remit

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will extend the remit of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to Northern Ireland; and if not, why not.[HL2183]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has a remit for the NHS in England and Wales. Parallel arrangements for the production and dissemination of guidelines for the Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland have still to be finalised.

PDVN Access for Peers

Lord Tanlaw asked the Chairman of Committees:

    (a) how many peers or their secretaries or researchers, for whom they are allowed recoverable expenses, have an e-mail address on the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN); (b) what percentage of the total membership of the House this represents; and (c) what access points to the PDVN network are available on the Parliamentary Estate for those peers, secretaries or researchers who do not have desks.[HL2505]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The following information is correct as of Wednesday 17 May.


    (a) 177 Members and 40 Members' staff have e-mail addresses on the PDVN network.


    (b) The 177 Members with e-mail addresses represent 26 per cent of the total membership of the House.


    (c) In the House of Lords area of the Palace the following PDVN access points are available for Members or their staff who do not have desks:

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    (i) There are six connection points for PCs in the Peers' Writing Room: three for direct connection to the network, three for "modem" connection (via the telephone network).


    (ii) In the Computer Office (First Floor, West Front) one PC connected to the PDVN is available for the use of Members or their staff. Colour scanning and printing facilities are also available.


    (iii) In the House of Lords Library two PCs connected to the PDVN are available for the use of Members.

In addition, the PDVN can be accessed from all Members' offices which have been cabled. The majority of Members' offices in the Palace, and all Members' offices in the outbuildings, have now been cabled. All of the offices in 7 Little College Street and Millbank House will be cabled prior to their occupation by Members.

Immigration Services Commissioner

Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will announce the appointment of the Immigration Services Commissioner.[HL2574]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): My right honourable friend the Home Secretary is pleased to announce that Mr John Scampion has agreed to serve as the Immigration Services Commissioner and Mrs Linda Allan has agreed to serve as the Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner. Mr Scampion will be appointed from 22 May and Mrs Allan from 5 June. Mr Scampion is currently the Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a member of the Data Protection Tribunal. Mrs Allan is a member of the Police Complaints Authority.

Police Negotiating Board and Police Advisory Board

Lord Lipsey asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have to review the Police Negotiating Board and Police Advisory Board.[HL2575]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My honourable friend the Minister of State at the Home Office (Mr Clarke) wrote on 19 May to the bodies represented on the Police Negotiating Board, and the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales, for comments on how we can improve the effectiveness with which these bodies carry out their functions. This is in accordance with Sections 61 and 63 of the Police Act 1996, which provide that these bodies will be constituted in accordance with such arrangements, made after consultation with the relevant bodies, as appear to the Secretary of State to be satisfactory.

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