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Baroness Amos: Her Majesty's Government are actively supporting the work of the Evaluation Group which has been tasked with considering all potential means which would guarantee the continued effectiveness of the Court in the face of the rapid growth in the number of applications to it. Her Majesty's Government are open to considering all recommendations which the group may put forward, provided that they ensure the maintenance of the ECHR's unique role in ensuring a common European minimum standard in the human rights field and do not undermine the right of individual petition to the Court.
Baroness Amos: Following consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry approved on 21 July 2000 a licence to export spare parts for use in Iraq's electricity sector under the UN Oil for Food programme. The spare parts included a roller bearing, which is controlled by the Wassenaar Arrangement. The export of the goods to Iraq was approved by the UN Sanctions Committee in line with existing Security Council resolutions. The announcement of this export is in line with the Government's commitment to increasing transparency in the field of export controls.
The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): We have not received any further substantive information on this case since we raised it with the Turkish authorities on 13 February. We continue to monitor this and other such cases, which have worrying implications for democratic pluralism and freedom of expression in Turkey. Turkey's National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis sets out the measures which the Turkish Government are putting in place to enhance freedom of thought in Turkey; we look forward to their rapid implementation.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We remain concerned about alleged harassment of HADEP members and supporters. We regularly raise individual cases with the Turkish authorities. Such cases have worrying implications for democratic pluralism and freedom of expression in Turkey. Turkey's National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis sets out the measures which the Turkish Government are putting in place to enhance freedom of expression in Turkey; we look forward to their rapid implementation.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We have not received a substantive response from the Turkish authorities to our demarche of 23 March concerning the case of the 18 women and one man arrested after a conference in Istanbul where they made allegations about torture and rape in police custody. We continue to follow the case closely; our Consulate-General in Istanbul attended hearings on 21 March and 21 June. It has now been adjourned to 18 October. We remain concerned at the continued incidence of torture in Turkey and the implications of this case for freedom of expression in Turkey.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Veterinary Officer advised in favour of vaccinating cattle in North Cumbria, and possibly Devon, on 18 April 2001, provided there was substantial support for the campaign from farmers, veterinarians, consumers and the food trade. It became clear that that level of support was not present.
Lord Whitty: Such movements are already permitted using multi-occupancy licences where flock owners can bring their animals down together provided they agree that such flocks are then treated in the event of a disease outbreak as one unit. Further guidance on other movements from common grazing is being considered but its key objective will be to keep the risk of transmission of disease to a minimum.
The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Baroness Morgan of Huyton): The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions each have responsibility for specific aspects of equality policy. Co-ordination of equality issues will be handled by a Cabinet Committee.
Baroness Morgan of Huyton: The Government intend that any measures introduced to promote equality of opportunty between men and women will be compliant with the United Kingdom's international obligations.
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