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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union agreed the terms of Customs Union with Turkey, which should assist Turkey to develop a stable modern economy, and provide a growing market for the EU. It will also strengthen our links with this important partner in a volatile region. The matter has yet to be discussed and agreed by the European Parliament.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: As I informed the noble Lord in my Written Answer on 14 March (col. WA 40), the review of legislation in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands has yet to commence, pending the possible inclusion in the constitutions of both territories of a Bill of Rights.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: It is our intention that the review of legislation will enable the re-acceptance of the right of individuals in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands to petition the European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We were not involved in the arrest of Mordechai Vanunu. Although there is no evidence that any UK law was broken in the arrest, we have raised Mr. Vanunu's case, on humanitarian grounds, with the Israeli Government.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): The 1995 edition of the Civil Service Year Book was published by HMSO on behalf of the Cabinet Office, and is the most comprehensive so far produced. The wide-ranging information provided by government departments and agencies was validated as far as possible, and professionally edited. Nevertheless, HMSO acknowledges that there are some inaccuracies in this complex directory.
HMSO intends to enhance its database software and style rules in order to minimise the risk of inaccuracies and improve the standard of presentation of future editions. Meanwhile, it would be pleased to hear of any specific errors which need to be corrected for the next edition.
(a) teaching staff
(b) non-teaching staff against local education authorities in respect of asbestos-related illnesses;
3. How many teachers have died as a result of developing asbestos-related illnesses.
Between 1982 and 1991, the latest year for which figures are available, 52 death certificates mentioning mesothelioma recorded teaching as the last full-time occupation of the deceased. There is normally a long latency period between first exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma. It is seldom less than 15 years and can be as long as 60 years. It is likely that in many of the cases mentioned above exposure to asbestos did not take place in the last full-time occupation. In addition, it is estimated that about 100 cases of mesothelioma a year are not attributable to exposure to asbestos.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): Tourism will have an impact on the tax revenues raised from a wide range of different industries. No precise estimates are available.
Lord Henley: The Banking Act does not prescribe procedures which the Bank of England is required to follow when monitoring the "fit and proper" qualities of directors of authorised institutions, but guidance on how the Bank interprets these criteria is given in the Statements of Principles which it publishes.
Lord Henley: The Bank of England has not required the resignation of any of the former directors of Baring Brothers & Co Ltd. Pending the outcome of the current investigation into the Barings collapse, the Bank of England's view is that it is premature to consider whether or not such action would be appropriate.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The Chief Charity Commissioner was recruited through a competition open to anyone who wished to apply, advertised in the national press. Government Departments were also advised of the competition by HM Treasury. One hundred and one applications were received, from which six candidates were short-listed for interview. Candidates put themselves forward for such posts on the understanding that their applications are treated in confidence. It is not the practice to make public details of candidates who are not appointed.
The appointment was made by warrant signed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the recommendation of a selection panel chaired by the First Civil Service Commissioner.
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