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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): Through the overseas aid programme, the Government are enabling more people to have access to a good choice of safe, effective and affordable reproductive health services, including access to contraceptives such as condoms. This policy was endorsed by the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development in September 1994. We are working hard, together with our European Union partners, to ensure that the Fourth World Conference on Women in Peking strongly endorses the Programme of Action agreed in Cairo.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): The National Audit Office has yet to instigate an examination of 2 Marsham Street. It is likely that any such examination would follow decisions on the future use of the site which have still to be taken. However, the nature and timing of any report is a matter for the National Audit Office.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): Two thousand one hundred and fourteen applications were subject to a late claim penalty under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) in 1994 in the United Kingdom because their applications arrived after the deadline for submission of forms; 3,465 applications were penalised as a result of discrepancies found in land
Detailed figures on the application of penalties in all other member states of the European Union are not available. However, in general terms the proportion of applications subject to penalties in other member states appears to be similar to or higher than that in the United Kingdom.
Earl Howe: There have been no developments regarding the night shooting of deer since the issue of a news release by MAFF on the 2nd February 1995. As announced in the news release, the ministry's policy is to encourage the formation of deer management groups for controlling wild deer. However, the conclusions of a three-year trial on the effectiveness of deer management groups showed that it may not always be possible to establish such groups and that other solutions, including night shooting, might need to be considered. Any notices allowing deer to be shot at night would be issued only in exceptional circumstances and would be subject to strict control; the circumstances would include, for example, the degree of agricultural damage directly attributable to the deer, the availability and use made of alternative means of control and the willingness of local landowners to participate in voluntary control. These circumstances would need to be considered on a case by case basis.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The licences of train and network operators require them to effect and maintain insurance cover in respect of legal liability for death or injury to any person, or loss of or damage to property, arising from activities relating to the licence. The level of cover is a matter for the independent judgment of the Rail Regulator. It is currently set at a minimum of £155 million for any single incident. That figure is based on an assessment of industry risk and historic experience.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Viscount Astor): Responsibility for the subject of the Question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
I confirm that since the works were completed last month the new traffic arrangements are working well. Traffic generally moves quite easily through the area; there is a build-up of queues during guard change times but this was always the case.
Viscount Astor: The number of staff employed at the Millennium Commission on 31st March 1995 was 28 and the 199495 salary costs for the commission were £284,290. The Millennium Commission expects to build up to a full staff complement of 36 in 199596 and the full year cost of this complement will be £1.05 million.
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