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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The dissemination of the OSCE Code of Conduct is a national responsibility of each OSCE participating state, and we have no information about distribution of the code by Russian authorities in particular regions of the Russian Federation. Although distribution of the Code of Conduct is not part of its mandate, the OSCE Assistance Group in Grozny would be able to supply a copy to any person requesting it.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: In cash terms, we cannot estimate the cost to the United Kingdom. However, in 1996, we shall contribute 15.58 per cent. of the Ordinary (General) Budget of the Council of Europe, which also finances the costs of the Human Rights institutions.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: It is too early to say. We do not expect Russian ratification of the ECHR to have a noticeable effect on expenditure by the Human Rights institutions initially. But Russia is expected to contribute about 31 million French francs to the Ordinary (General) Budget of the Council of Europe in 1996, which should help to cover any additional costs that might accrue this year. Future years will be the subject of budget negotiations between all member states. But we shall continue to look to the Council of Europe to prioritise its activities before considering any increases to the budget.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Both the United Kingdom and the United States are parties to the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the "Outer Space Treaty"). Article IV of the Treaty contains an undertaking not to place in orbit around the earth, install on the moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise station in outer space nuclear or any other weapons of mass destruction. It also limits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies exclusively to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for establishing military bases; testing weapons of any kind; or conducting military manoeuvres.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are in regular contact with the United States on all matters relating to strategic security. But it is for the parties to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to agree on its operation.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The context of the reference makes clear that it is for the United States and Russia, as parties to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, to consult on the interpretation and operation of the treaty. Her Majesty's Government is in regular contact with the United States on all issues relating to strategic security.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): The answer given to my noble friend was that, if the dental profession and industry were to make a submission to the European Commission with view to a change in the legislation, assistance would be granted by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Health. No such request has been received by either department. If a submission were to be made, it would have to address satisfactorily the safety concerns identified by the Commission's cosmetics safety advisory body, the Scientific Committee for Cosmetology, and by toxicologists at the Department of Health. The initial step is therefore for the dental profession and/or industry to take.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: There are a number of programmes to support research and development which can be made available for work on low-emission forms of transport. The Government also contribute £360 million annually to the European Union's fourth framework programme, under which British companies can engage in collaborative projects with companies in other member states. Low emission transport is one of the areas eligible for support.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): Central settlement costs form only a small proportion of trading costs, and any increase in settlement costs compared with existing costs will itself be small. Even if the increase implied by CREST's tariff proposals (up to 90p in some cases) was passed on fully to investors, this would be unlikely to affect their investment decisions.
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