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The Chairman of Committees: An informal working group on the House's smoking policy, chaired by Lord McIntosh of Haringey, surveyed the views of all Members on where smoking should be permitted, and reported in May 1999. There was no mandate to change the current arrangements in the Library, under which smoking is permitted in the Brougham and Derby Rooms but prohibited elsewhere. In June 1999 the Library and Computers Sub-Committee agreed that the ultimate aim should be that Xthe Library should be an entirely smoke-free area as soon as possible". The Sub-Committee rejected a proposal to make the Salisbury room a smoking room, as it was supported by neither the present occupants of the room nor smokers. The Sub-Committee recommended that a conveniently placed Xclub" room for smokers should be identified, in which smoking would be permitted. It has not yet been possible to identify such a room.
The Chairman of Committees: Smoking policy for Members is a matter for the Offices Committee and its sub-committees, and I intend to invite the Offices Committee and its sub-comittees to reconsider the matter. The smoking policy for staff of the House
The Chairman of Committees: No. Any recent changes to House of Commons smoking policy will be taken into account by the Offices Committee and its sub-committees when they next consider smoking policy.
The Chairman of Committees: I have written to the Chairman of the House of Commons Administration Committee requesting information about any recent changes made by the House of Commons to their smoking policy, and will place a copy of my letter, together with the response, in the Library of the House.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary, at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): This is an operational matter for London Underground (LUL) but they have provided the following information.
|Line||1996-97 Year Total||1997-98 Year Total||1998-99 Year Total||1999-2000 Year Total||2000-01 Qtr 1 & Qtr 2|
|Central (inc. Waterloo & City)||547||710||563||478||283|
|Jubliee (inc. East London)||95||107||414||444||124|
|Circle & Hammersmith||110||193||196||210||113|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): My honourable friend the Member for Barnsley West and Penistone (Mr Clapham) has replaced my honourable friend the Member for Halesowen and Rowley Regis (Mrs Heal) as a member of the delegation.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: At the Berlin European Council in March last year, the EU agreed to reforms of certain aspects of the common agricultural policy and to a financial perspective for 2000-06. Together these helped pave the way for enlargement. The Government welcomed the CAP reform agreement as a step in the right direction but continue to advance the case for further reform, which many consider to be both desirable and inevitable. The accession process needs to take account of the fact that the CAP is constantly evolving, but it is not necessary to complete the CAP reform process before enlargement takes place.
The precise nature of the new member states' integration into the acquis will depend on the outcome of negotiations with those countries. As in all previous enlargements, transitional arrangements, in which EU policies are phased in over a fixed period of time, are likely to be necessary in a number of areas, including agriculture. The Government are committed to securing early enlargement without breaching the financial ceilings established at Berlin.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The actual cost of applying the CAP to Poland and Hungary would depend upon many factors, but would be constrained by the limits on enlargement-related spending agreed at the Berlin European Council in March last year.
The Government are concerned that applying the CAP in its present form to countries such as Hungary and Poland would have an adverse impact upon their economies. The UK believes that using available funds for structural improvements in applicant countries would be more beneficial to them.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Poland's Central Statistical Office's Statistical Yearbook for 1998 states that 27 per cent of the total working population is employed in agriculture. There are a further 2 million people in rural areas whose main source of income is not agriculture, but who may be involved in some agricultural activity. In Hungary, 6.7 per cent of the total working population is employed in agriculture. A further 500,000 people are involved in agriculture, but have an alternative main source of employment.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The actual cost to the UK of applying the CAP to Poland and Hungary would depend upon many factors, but it would be limited in two ways. First, the financial perspective for 2000-06 agreed at the Berlin European Council in March last year set limits on enlargement-related spending. These limits leave the overall ceiling on spending in an enlarged EU well beneath the current Own Resources ceiling (1.27 per cent of Community GNP). Secondly, also at Berlin, the Government succeeded in retaining the UK abatement for the duration of the financial perspective. The abatement will apply to the bulk of spending in the new member states.
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