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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): In the last three years we have given some £23 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (£6.5 million in 1992, £7.4 million in 1993 and £9 million in 1994). As contributions to ICRC are normally in response to broad-based country or regional appeals, it is not possible to distinguish how much of this has been spent on artificial limbs for mine victims. We have also provided assistance to artificial limb projects run by such NGOs as HelpAge International, Sandy Gall's Afghanistan Appeal, Handicap International and the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Our funding for humanitarian mine clearance has so far concentrated on clearance and awareness operations, but the Overseas Development Administration is currently evaluating proposals from the Defence Research Agency, whose technological expertise may be able to improve the means of mine detection. If successful, these proposals could be a major step forward in dealing with the various landmine problems around the world.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Since the judgment of 20 December, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport has given very careful consideration to the night flying
The consultation paper is being widely circulated to Members of Parliament, local authorities and environment groups, as well as to the aviation industry. The department is asking for comments on the proposals by 9 May. A copy has been placed in the House of Lords Library.
Additionally, my right honourable friend is writing to the Chief Executive of BAA plc to ask him to consider carefully whether there is more that BAA or the airlines can do on a voluntary basis to reduce disturbance caused by night flights.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): If the age addition to retirement pension had been increased in line with prices on an annual basis since its Introduction in September 1971 it would currently be payable at a weekly rate of £1.55 increasing to £1.60 from 10 April. Notes:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The new arrangements for the Health Education Authority are intended to ensure that the content and tone of material issued by the authority do not conflict with
Baroness Cumberlege: The Government stand by their acceptance of the recommendation of the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine. This provides for total improvements based on local negotiations of between 1.5 and 3 per cent.; inclusive of a 1 per cent. increase in the national rates. The recommendation also provides for local negotiations on leads and allowances and, where appropriate, conditions.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): If nuclear injury or damage occurs in the course of carriage in a country which is not a party to the Paris Convention on Nuclear Liability, there is a possibility of claims against British Nuclear Fuel Ltd/ Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd as the carrier. This is backed by a limited indemnity from government, as notified to Parliament in 1988.
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): The Ministerial Committee on Women's Issues is a Cabinet Sub-Committee chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. An updated list of the membership and terms of reference of Cabinet Committees and Sub-Committees, including the Ministerial Committee on Women's Issues, was published on 22 November 1994. A copy of the list is in the Library of the House.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): No such list exists. Baring Brothers and Co Ltd was however included in the list issued by the Bank of England under Section 17 of the Banking Act 1987 (which is generally known as the "Banking Act List") and is circulated to local authorities from time to time. The list includes institutions authorised under the Act and certain institutions authorised by home state regulators elsewhere in the European Economic Area to take deposits in the United Kingdom. It does not say anything about the creditworthiness of those institutions and is not a substitute for proper credit assessment by local authorities. The preface to the list issued under the Banking Act states that the inclusion of an institution on the list does not mean that the Bank of England in any way guarantees its obligations.
Lord Henley: No. Local authorities which had deposits with Baring Brothers & Co Ltd will be reassured by the announcement made by the Chairman of ING Group (which is negotiating to take the business of the Barings group) on 9 March that "all deposits are safe."
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