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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): Sections 15 and 16 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1994 have effect in relation to the issue to constables under any enactment (including any Act passed after this Act) of warrants to enter and search premises. Section 15(5) provides that a warrant shall authorise an entry on one occasion only. Section 15(6) provides that a warrant shall specify the name of the person who applies for it, the date on which it is issued, the enactment under which it is issued, the premises to be searched, and shall identify, so far as is practicable, the articles or persons sought. Section 16(2) provides that a warrant may authorise persons to accompany any constable who is executing it. Section 16(3) provides that entry and search under a warrant must be within one month from the date of its issue.
The Lord Chancellor: On its establishment as an Executive Agency on 3rd April 1995, the Court Service assumed responsibility for appointing judges' clerks on the Lord Chancellor's behalf. No delegation has occurred, or will occur. The Court Service continues to be part of the Lord Chancellor's Department.
There is no proposal to reduce the maturity, the experience or the proficiency required for appointment as clerk to one of Her Majesty's judges under Section 98 of the Supreme Court Act 1981. The calibre of candidates applying for these posts continues to be assessed by a Recruitment Board consisting of experienced Court Service staff and a High Court Judge, normally recently retired.
As an additional measure of proficiency a keyboard skills/word processing test was introduced for the recruitment campaigns held in 1995 and 1996. These arrangements were discussed in detail with a High Court Judge nominated by the Lord Chief Justice to consider the recruitment of judges' clerks. This consultation process will be maintained.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay): I welcome the Commission's agreement to our request to allow cattle to graze set-aside land in view of the difficulties currently facing our cattle farmers. The relevant Commission regulation, which is expected to come into force shortly and will run until 31st August, requires the UK authorities to take the measures necessary to ensure that only cattle aged over 30 months are permitted to graze set-aside and that the existing rules restricting lucrative use of set-aside land are observed. We shall therefore be laying before Parliament a Statutory Instrument subject to negative resolution procedure which will require those farmers wishing to take advantage of this facility to return a simple form to the Agriculture Departments. The Instrument will also
We will be writing to all cattle farmers early next week explaining how they can take advantage of this provision. Farmers should not begin to graze cattle on set-aside until receipt of their notification form has been acknowledged by the Agriculture Departments as to do so would jeopardise set-aside payments and associated crop area aid payments.
Lord Chesham: We have made clear our views on a number of the judgments with which we were dissatisfied. Our primary concern now is to encourage the Strasbourg institutions to take full account of the need to allow for diversity.
Lord Chesham: We do not believe that becoming a party to the First Optional Protocol under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights would significantly enhance the protection of human rights in the United Kingdom.
Lord Chesham: The following member states of the Council of Europe have accepted the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Lord Chesham: The United Nations publishes separately each year the Human Rights Committee's report to the General Assembly, states parties' reports to the Committee and summary records of oral examinations. With the help of voluntary contributions, the UN has also produced compilations of such previously published materials though timing is dependent on resources and priority is given to publishing current materials.