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The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): There are two organophosphate compounds used in products authorised in the UK as sheep dips. Reviews of the products are being undertaken by the Veterinary Products Committee in accordance with Directive 81/852/EEC (as amended) and guidelines published by the European Commission. These include a requirement for data to assess any risk which might result from exposure to the products.
Earl Howe: Following a review of OP dips by the Veterinary Products Committee in 1993, the VPC concluded there was no scientific evidence for a ban. The VPC is continuing its review of OP-containing products and considers any new relevant information. Ministers' decisions following VPC advice on such reviews are made public.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): There are currently six such authorisations in force. The last of these was issued on 10 August 1994. The last decrease in numbers from six to five occurred on 17 August 1993 with the natural expiry of an authorisation.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): Although Her Majesty's Government discusses a whole range of operational matters with the United States Government, these remain confidential. Under long-standing arrangements, the use of our military facilities by the United States in an emergency would be a matter for joint decision by the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States in the light of the circumstances prevailing at the time.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The Government have no plans to introduce individual performance related pay for nurses and midwives. We remain, as always, ready to talk with UNISONs about matters of concern.
Baroness Cumberlege: Data on the precise costs of distinction awards paid to consultants in Great Britain in recent years are not available from financial returns. The estimated total cost of awards for 1994/95 is £109 million and in 1993/94 was £104 million. Awards are decided by the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards. All awards granted since 1989 are subject to a five-yearly review.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): Exploratory discussions between representatives of the two communities in Cyprus took place in London on 2123 May. We are encouraging the two leaders to approach future negotiations positively and flexibly.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have called in the Security Council for the prompt departure of mercenaries from Angola in accordance with the Lusaka Protocol. We take every opportunity to urge the signatories to respect all the provisions of the protocol.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The European Union has registered its concerns with the Turkish Government about curbs on freedom of expression on many occasions. It did so recently during the European Union's Association Council with Turkey on 6 March; during the visit of troika Foreign Ministers to Turkey on 23 March; and in a public statement on 9 May. We expect the European Union to continue to maintain pressure on Turkey over democratisation and human rights.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Tripartite Action Plan agreed at April's Ad Hoc Liaison Committee commits the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on measures to promote the establishment of a harbour for the Gaza Strip. Negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians on the details of a deep water port for the Gaza Strip are continuing, and feasibility studies are still ongoing. This project has not been affected by closures since construction has not started.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The "league table" positions referred to by my noble friend Lady Blatch on 25 January and 29 March were calculated on the basis of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights although, under Article 54 of the Convention, the execution of these judgments would have passed through the Committee of Ministers.
Figures published by the Council of Europe for findings of violations by the Committee of Ministers under Article 32 of the Convention exclude those for cases where a violation has been found by the Committee but has not yet been remedied by the
Statistics based on further information supplied by the Council of Europe, including both published findings of violations by the Committee of Ministers and findings of violations by the committee where
I regret that there was an error in the original information in respect of Switzerland supplied by the Council of Europe, and hence in the material placed in the Library on 9 May. This does not however, alter the position of Switzerland in the table. A corrected table has been placed in the Libraries of the House.
|State Party||Population||Number of violations (at 10.5.95)||Committee of Ministers 2||Date of acceptance of Art. 25||Number of years of acceptance of Art. 25||Violations per 100,000 at population per annum||Position|
(1795.2")Figures include findings of violations by the Committee of Ministers where measures have yet to be taken by the relevant State Party.
Number of violations found by court (at 29.3.95)
Date of acceptance of Art. 25
Number of years of acceptance of Art. 25
Violations per 100,000 at population per annum
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