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Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: Between the benefit upratings in November 1980 and April 1995, average earnings are estimated to have increased by 30.5 per cent. in real terms. During the same period the basic State Pension has risen by 1.1 per cent. in real terms for a person on their own insurance and by 0.8 per cent. for a woman claiming on her husband's insurance.
Lord Lucas: The Meat and Livestock Commission continuously monitors our trade in meat and in live animal exports, and publishes regular estimates of trade levels. Ministers regularly refer to these figures in answers to parliamentary questions and correspondence and in speeches; they indicate that around 80 per cent. of our total meat exports in 1994 were "on the hook".
The Government issued a consultation on 23 October explaining the new EU agreement on the welfare of animals during transport and outlining our ideas for its implementation. The document was circulated widely and a press notice was issued announcing the start of the consultation process. I hope the document will provoke thorough and constructive debate of all the issues involved.
Lord Lucas: My right honourable friends the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food represented the United Kingdom at the meeting of the Fisheries Council in Luxembourg on 26 October.
The Council agreed new measures to monitor and control fishing effort in Western Waters from 1 January 1996. The UK's objectives were to secure arrangements which will be effective in ensuring that fishing activities
The Council also agreed by qualified majority, with Germany voting against, to continue the provision of Community financial assistance to member states for fisheries enforcement for a further five years when the current arrangements expire at the end of the year. The measures include special assistance for Ireland, as agreed at last December's Fisheries Council, in recognition of the exceptional demands and costs involved in undertaking enforcement in the waters of the Republic of Ireland. These waters include the majority of the Irish Box.
Ministers welcomed the Agreement on Straddling and High Migratory fish stocks achieved in New York in August. This agreement usefully lays down rules for the effective conservation and management of stocks and my right honourable friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was gratified that the Council endorsed the importance of its early ratification when it opens for signature in December.
The Council discussed the continuing negotiations with Morocco to enable Community fishermen to return to Moroccan waters. Nearly 700 Spanish and Portuguese vessels which formerly fished off Morocco have been confined to port since May. The Council agreed unanimously that payments should be made to the fishermen concerned to offset their losses. This is an exceptional measure applying for a limited period. As it will be funded from within the existing budget, it does not involve new financial provision.
The Council also welcomed a Commission report on progress in implementing the multi-annual guidance programmes and in particular the reductions in fishing capacity that have been achieved. The Commission will now be carrying out wide consultations in preparation for the establishment of the next round of programmes to start in January 1997.
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|Royal Auxiliary Air Force||15|
|Regular Army Reserve of Officers||339|
|Royal Fleet Reserve||197|
|RAF Reserve of Regular Officers||3|
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Earl Howe: Since the first accounts were opened in 1958/59 to record the receipts of sales of equipment supplied under the Anglo-American Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement of 1950, total receipts have been £7,746,105, and total payments £7,164,664. "Administrative expenditures" are estimated to be in the order of £860,700. Neither party owes any amounts to the other.
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): The Procedure Committee considered such a proposal at its meeting in January this year, and recommended against any change in existing procedures. I do not intend to put a further proposal to the Committee at the present time.
The Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): Enquiries have shown that Sections 11 and 14 to 18 of the Act were repealed by the Stirling Burgh Order Confirmation Act 1939. It would appear that the remaining provisions of the Act are still in force.
The Earl of Lindsay: Section 1 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 came into effect on 1 October 1993 by virtue of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 Commencement, Transitional Provisions and Savings Order 1993.
Information on liberations has only recently been recorded electronically by establishments. The total number of short-term prisoners released at half-sentence term since 1 October 1993 could, therefore, only be compiled at disproportionate cost, as it would involve a large scale manual exercise. There have been no long-term prisoners released under the provisions of the Act since 1 October 1993 having served two-thirds of their sentence. I shall write to the noble and learned Lord to provide him with information on the number of long-term prisoners released since 1 October 1993 who have served less than two-thirds of their sentence as soon as the information can be extracted.
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