|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
Lord Inglewood: The current level of YT allowance were introduced in 1988: up-rating since then, by the Rossi Index would give £41.06 for the allowance for 16 year-olds and £48.71 for the allowance for those 17 and over.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): UNOMIG reports incidents of this nature to the UN Secretariat in New York. We would not expect to see such internal UN reports. Periodically, the UN Secretariat then brief the Security Council. The most recent briefing took place on 24 March and mentioned UNOMIG reports concerning violent action in the Gali region. The Secretariat undertook to keep the situation under review and to keep the Security Council informed. The UN Secretary-General reports formally to the Security Council on UNOMIG's activities on a regular basis. He submitted a written report on 6 January and a further interim report on 6 March. Both reports give an account of violent incidents either side of the Inguri River. Copies are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: UNPROFOR continues with its efforts to implement the cessation of hostilities agreement. We have repeatedly called on all parties to refrain and to agree to extend the agreement. We are very concerned at the deteriorating situation. All sides now appear to be pursuing the war option. We have urged them not to take it and to cooperate with the UN and the Contact Group in searching for a peaceful solution.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Our Embassy in Ankara are monitoring the trials of members of the Human Rights Associations in Turkey. We understand that Mr. Yavuz Onen has been acquitted. The trials of the others continue. While we have not raised separately the killings of Faik Candan and Mr. Zeki Atlig, our many representations to the Turkish Government about their human rights performance have included expressions of grave concern at the many incidents of persecution and unlawful killing of lawyers, journalists and others critical of the government. We shall continue to seek progress on democratic reform.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): Further to my Answer of 27 May 1993 to my noble friend, Lord Davidson (Official Report, 27 May 1993, col. WA 36), I am pleased to confirm that I shall establish the Court Service as an executive agency on 3 April 1995. I will arrange for a copy of the framework document for the Court Service to be placed in the Library. The following table sets out the key performance targets which I have set for the Court Service for 199596:
|Business area||Performance indicator||Target|
|Crown Court||1. Percentage of defendants committed for trial waiting 16 weeks or less||70%|
|2. Unit cost of a productive courtroom hour||£462.40|
|County Courts||3. Percentage of administrative process dealt with within target time||90%|
|4. Unit cost of an hour of administrative work as measured by the business management system||£53.39|
|High Courts||5. Percentage of administrative process dealt with within target time||93%|
|Enforcement||6. Number of warrants paid as a percentage of number of correctly directed warrants||65%|
|Quality||7. Percentage of courts meeting all courts charter standards||95%|
|Cost recovery||8. Percentage of the costs of civil business recovered||75%|
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): At this meeting the Council again considered possible rules on the transport of live animals. The Commissioner floated some new ideas which would protect animal welfare better than those in the current Presidency compromise. It was agreed that these should be examined at official level before the Council returns to the subject in May with a view to reaching a final conclusion. The Council also discussed the agri-monetary effects of the recent
The 10 April Council meeting is also expected to take decisions on the reform of the Community sugar regime. At this meeting we again argued that any cuts in sugar quotas necessary for the Community to meet its GATT commitments should be targeted on those countries with the largest surpluses.The Council extended the marketing years for milk and beef since farm prices for 199596 have not yet been set.In other discussions the United Kingdom strongly opposed any proposal to place limits on nitrates in lettuce which cannot be fully justified by the scientific evidence.
Earl Howe: No. The Republic of Ireland imposes very similar restrictions to our own. In Sweden pet dogs and cats can only enter under licence. To obtain such a licence dogs must have been vaccinated against rabies and a blood sample taken 120 days later must have shown a protective level of rabies antibodies. They must also be vaccinated against leptospira, and distemper and both dogs and cats must have been treated for echinococcus. In addition both dogs and cats need to be individually identified by implanted microchip or tattoo and certified within ten days of importation as clinically free from disease. European Council Directive 92/65 sets out the requirements for movements of commercially traded dogs and cats between EU Member States, including specific conditions for movement into UK or the Republic of Ireland.
Back to Table of Contents
Lords Hansard Home Page