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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): Mr. Kevin Taylor has been granted legal aid in respect of his civil action against the Manchester Police Authority. To date £369,000 has been paid on account. The Legal Aid Board will be entitled to recover its costs should Mr. Taylor win his case or reach a settlement with the defendants out of court.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): Each National Health Service trust is required to publish annual accounts which have been audited by independent auditors appointed by the Audit Commission and to hold an annual general meeting at which those audited accounts are presented. We have no plans to change these arrangements.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): In the UK the Structural Funds are now disbursed under the terms of Single Programming Documents (SPDs), rather than Community Support Frameworks as was previously the case. Local authority elected members sit on four SPD Monitoring Committees. The breakdown is as follows: Merseyside (Objective 1) Two members from Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Two members from Liverpool City Council Two members from Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): All member states have accepted an obligation to reduce the capacity of their fishing fleets because we are faced with a situation where fishing capacity outstrips available fish stocks. The targets set are tailored to the particular circumstances of each member state's fleet. Decommissioning is a cost effective measure that we have used to contribute towards meeting those targets which is at the same time popular with the fishing industry. I expect the addition of £28 million to the £25 million already allocated for decommissioning to do much for the longer term prosperity of the fishing industry in the UK.
Under the access arrangements for Spanish vessels to apply in western waters from 1 January 1996, the principle of relative stability remains untouched. This means that our own quota entitlements remain unchanged, and our fishermen's ability to take those quotas is explicitly protected under the agreement reached in the Fisheries Council last December.
The latest available information on the number of vessels and people employed in the UK fleet is published in Table 2.1 and Table 2.6 respectively in UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 1993, a copy of which is in the Library. Comparable information for 1994 is not yet available.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The deployment of police officers in the City of London is an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police. The changes which he has introduced are designed to enhance the effectiveness of counter terrorism measures by increasing flexibility and unpredictability in the deployment of police officers. The police will continue to maintain a highly visible presence on the streets of the City of London and a full range of counter terrorism measures will remain in place for as long as they are needed.
Baroness Blatch: Invitations to Tender will be issued shortly for the design, construction/refurbishment, management and finance of Secure Training Centres in respect of the sites at Cookham Wood and Gringley on which initial planning consents have been obtained. A decision on whether, and if so when, to reissue a notice in respect of the other three sites will be taken in due course.
Lady Blatch has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking on what date was the prison population of England and Wales at its highest recorded level and what was the number of (a) male and (b) female prisoners on that date.
Baroness Blatch: The Crown dependencies are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The protection in the dependencies of the rights and freedoms recognised both in the European Convention on Human Rights and in the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is assured by the United Kingdom being party to the convention and to the covenant on behalf of all the Islands.
Lord Inglewood: We fully support the Agreement as a welcome development in relations between the EU and Israel and as a positive signal of EU support for the Middle East Peace Process. We and our EU partners regularly reaffirm our view that Israeli settlement building in the Occupied Territories is illegal and should be stopped.
Lord Inglewood: The Independent Committee, set up under the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture, to address prison conditions in those states which are signatory to the Convention, visited Turkey (which is a signatory) from 1628 October, and is in dialogue with the Turkish Government about its findings. We continue to take every opportunity to express our concerns to the Turkish Government at their overall human rights record.
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