|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): There are no British citizens at present appointed to the permanent staff of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division in New York. We understand one British citizen is employed there temporarily. The Electoral Assistance Division has also employed a British citizen as a consultant to monitor the elections in Sierra Leone on 26th February.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Pursuant to Article 157(2) of the treaty establishing the European Community, members of the Commission make a solemn declaration that they will perform their duties in complete independence, in the general interest of the Communities.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Yes. Our Embassy in Ankara will call on members of the Turkish parliamentary commission set up to investigate these incidents. It will also seek additional information from the delegation of MPs which recently visited the region.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has published today a consultation paper which constitutes a comprehensive review of the law on casinos, licensed bingo clubs and the advertising of commercial gambling, and which restates principles for the regulation of gambling. It proposes a number of relaxations in the law.
Subject to this consultation, my right honourable friend proposes to bring forward orders under Section 1 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 to implement the changes. The paper constitutes formal consultation on some of the proposals for the purpose
The timetable for the implementation of changes arising from this document will depend on a number of factors, including the response to the consultation and the availability of additional resources for the Gaming Board of Great Britain and the courts.
Baroness Blatch: The Government remain firmly committed to adopting reasonable measures to improve the treatment of animals, but they are not at present convinced that accession to the Pet Animals Convention would add significantly to the protection which domestic animals already enjoy under existing United Kingdom law. The Government will review the position again at the end of the decade.
Whether they consider that the decision of the House of Lords in R v Brown, 9th February 1996, will make it necessary to amend the Data Protection Act 1984 to comply with the obligations imposed by the European Community Directive on Data Protection, in accordance with the directive's stated purpose of protecting an individual's right to privacy with respect to the processing of personal data.
Baroness Blatch: The judgment in R v Brown was narrow in scope. Although it makes clear that an individual employee cannot be prosecuted under the Data Protection Act for browsing computerised personal data, it does not deal with the Act's controls over subsequent improper use of such data.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The Department of Health published the report of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee working party on sickle cell, thalassaemia and other haemoglobinopathies in February 1994 and has distributed it widely both within and outside the National Health Service. The report made a number of recommendations about screening for haemoglobinopathies, including antenatal screening. Individual health authorities are responsible for assessing the needs of their resident populations and for purchasing services, including haemoglobinopathy screening, to provide for those needs.