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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The UK implements the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1160 (1998), which imposed an arms embargo on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and a prohibition on arming and training for terrorist activities there.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: At the end of 1999, unpaid fines in respect of parking and other minor traffic violations incurred by members of diplomatic missions and International Organisations in the United Kingdom totalled 5,112. In April this year the
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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Wilton Park met all four of the agreed targets set for the 1999-2000 financial year, for income, cost recovery, the number of conference participants, and cost per head to the FCO overall. The 1999-2000 targets were:
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Heads of European Union member state diplomatic missions in Belgrade, including the Head of the British Interests Section of the Embassy of Brazil, are pressing the Belgrade authorities for access to the trial of Mr Filipovic and are demanding that the trial be held according to international standards and procedures and with respect for Mr Filipovic's human rights. The Belgrade authorities have yet to respond.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: UNMIK is in advanced negotiations with a three-company consortium for a one-year project to study the financial, technical and environmental aspects of resuming production at Trepca.
(b) There is still a shortage of judges and prosecutors. UNMIK have recruited over 400 local judges and are seeking to recruit a further four international judges and four international prosecutors. We have offered UNMIK four candidates for prosecutor posts, and expect also to be able to put forward some judges.
(d) Prison space in Kosovo is inadequate, with the increasing number of trials resulting in the need for more detention facilities. To date, the UK has given $1 million and the use of an Emergency Engineering Unit to help repair prison facilities.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is an independent body established by the UN Security Council to bring to justice those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia. We understand that ICTY are aware of the allegations in the Danish programme. Her Majesty's Government cannot, and do not, put pressure on the tribunal to investigate particular incidents or individuals.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The Greater London Authority Act 1999 gave the Greater London Authority the power to introduce a workplace parking levy on persons providing workplace parking places in Greater London. However, I understand that at present the authority has no plans to introduce such a levy. In the absence of any plans, it is not possible to say whether the House will seek any exemptions from the levy. If any proposals are brought forward in the future, the appropriate House committees (in the first instance, the Administration and Works Sub-Committee) will be consulted as to whether any exemptions should be sought.
Whether they will ensure (a) that the Public Health Laboratory Service is provided with reliable data on the extent of outbreaks of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in National Health Service hospitals; and (b) that such data are published, linking data with each hospital.[HL3605]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The number of hospitals recording methicillin resistant staphylococcus (MRSA) outbreaks are not collected centrally. The Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) does collect data on incidents* of MRSA from isolates submitted voluntarily by hospitals in England and Wales for specialist microbiological tests, but there are a number of problems in relation to interpretation and analysis of that data. The Department of Health is currently working with the PHLS and the National Health Service to improve existing surveillance and reporting systems so as to ensure that the data requested are collected and made available as soon as possible.
*An incident is defined as three or more patients with the same strain in the same hospital in one calendar month.
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