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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The recruitment information brief contained a brief summary of the conditions of service applying to the appointment of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Detailed conditions of service were set out in a schedule sent to General Sir David Ramsbotham at the time he was offered the appointment. My reply of 2nd July quoted from this schedule.
Baroness Blatch: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons is required by statute to submit to my right honourable friend the Home Secretary in each year a report in such form as my right honourable friend may direct, and my right honourable friend is required to lay a copy of that report before Parliament. My right honourable friend has no plans to change these arrangements.
Baroness Blatch: The United Kingdom has entered into a voluntary agreement with other European Union states on a common passport format. While we would consider any practical proposals for improving the standard of identity cards issued by member states and which are valid for travel within the European Union, we see no need for the harmonisation of national identity cards.
Baroness Blatch: The possibility of introducing a compulsory identity card was one of the options set out in the Government's Green Paper on identity cards (Cm 2879). All the options canvassed in the Green Paper remain open to us and we expect to announce shortly our final decision on identity cards.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: It is impossible to assess the number of foreign Islamic personnel remaining in Bosnia and Herzegovina: some are members of Islamic non-governmental organisations while others have been largely assimilated into Bosnian life and have been granted Bosnian citizenship. However, we have no evidence of any organised foreign Islamic military force in Bosnia.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: This convention, which has been signed or ratified by only two member states, has been overtaken in importance by the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in 1985. The Arbitration Act 1966, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, embodies the spirit of the Model Law. Scotland adopted the Model Law in 1990.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): The agency's principal target for 1996-97 is to achieve a net operating surplus, excluding rent, of £493,000, after trading costs, and non-cash and notional costs, or of £1.03 million gross operating surplus.
These targets reflect the agency's successful bid in the recent market test of the management of the conference centre, whose outcome was announced in another place on Thursday 13th February 1996 [Official Report, Volume 271, Column 483].
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The enabling power for the draft regulations is contained in the Child Support Act 1991. That Act is not a "relevant enactment" for the purposes of Sections 170 and 172 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 which define the Social Security Advisory Committee's remit.