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Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The only cars used by the Wales Office are provided for ministerial use by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. In the event that another vehicle is required, it would be hired for a specific occasion.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The Armed Forces Pay Review Body has made recommendations on the pay of medical and dental officers in the Armed Forces. Consistent with the awards recommended by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body, and to maintain comparability with the salary scales of NHS doctors, the Review Body recommends that all medical and dental officers should receive a general 3.3 per cent increase in basic pay. The Review Body also recommends a number of additions to the pay scales for consultants and general medical practitioners to reflect additional payments already agreed for comparators in the NHS. In addition, Service medical and dental officers receive the same rate of X-factor as combatants, which increased by 1 per cent from 1 April 2000.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): In 1996, the average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders was 142 days. The Government are committed to halving this by March 2002. We are making continuing good progress--the national average had fallen to 108 days in 1999.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: There is no commissioner review of actions or decisions of the Secretary of State under Clauses 12 or 13 relating to the maintenance and costs of the capability to intercept communications; of Clause 15, which sets out the additional safeguards to be observed in relation to certificated warrants; of Clauses 16-18; of judicially authorised access to decryption keys under Clause 46; or of the Secretary of State's decision to propose subordinate legislation under the Bill.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): No. Advanta initially informed the Government in confidence that some of their seed stocks might contain GM seed. During the Government's subsequent investigations it became clear that the issue must be placed in the public domain.
Baroness Hayman: Council Regulation 2792/1999 allows member states to use funds from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) to grant compensation to fishermen and owners of vessels for the temporary cessation of activities, including circumstances in which a plan is introduced for the recovery of resources threatened with exhaustion. Member states have to set out in their programmes of aid, which must be approved by the Commission, those measures allowed by the regulation which they will implement. The majority of any such funding would have to be funded by the UK taxpayer.
No provision currently exists and the Government have not included this kind of compensation in the programme which has been submitted to the Commission. Compensation could not be justified for conservation measures made necessary because of a serious decline of cod stocks to which the fishing industry may have contributed by overfishing. It is hoped that the emergency measures being taken to promote stock recovery in the Irish Sea will in the longer term help to protect the livelihoods of those fishermen affected by the current prohibitions. No
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