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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): We are aware of, and commend, the UN's work on conflict prevention in Mali. We welcome the recent progress in implementing the Pacte Nationale, which has helped bring a degree of stability to Northern Mali. Malian refugees are returning to the area.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The military aspects of the Bosnian Peace agreement have been implemented. On the civilian side, elections have been held and common institutions established. Reconstruction is under way. A quarter of a million refugees and displaced persons have returned to their homes. The international community is pressing Bosnia's leaders to intensify their efforts to meet their obligations under the Peace Agreement in full.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: No. But the Secretary General has acknowledged the importance of the dialogue between NATO and a number of Mediterranean countries which has been under way for some time, and which we also support.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: It is for the US Government to comment on its views on the relationship between NATO and Israel, and any discussions it has held with the Government of Israel. There has been no discussion of this matter within NATO.
The recently completed review did not consider moving the Millennium Exhibition to Birmingham or any other site. In announcing his support for the exhibition on 19 June, the Prime Minister said that the exhibition must be a truly national event, with links across the whole of the UK.
(a) in the presence of radon or its decay products; and
(b) in any other circumstance.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): A number of universities and research institutes are undertaking electromagnetic field (EMF) and health related research. Among these is an investigation of any possible radon-EMF link by researchers at the University of Bristol. The Department of Health is funding four projects and considering others in its current programme of applications for funding. In addition, the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) has its own programme of research.
The department will continue to monitor the results of all research closely, and to maintain its support for research in these areas, consulting NRPB and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment as necessary.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): We have no detailed information about the curfew arrangements in Germany. In England and Wales, curfew orders for people aged 16 years and older already exist, and operate using electronic monitoring in three trial areas: Berkshire, Greater Manchester and Norfolk. An interim evaluation report published in December 1996 showed that the use of electronic monitoring had been effective. Section 43 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 provides for the extension of these orders to 10 to 15 year-olds and we are currently considering whether, and if so when, this provision should be
Lord Williams of Mostyn: We intend to implement Section 2 as soon as possible. The Government are currently considering the relevant provisions of the Crime (Sentences) Act against the need to ensure that sufficient provision is available within the Prison Service. We will announce which provisions we intend to implement, and when, as part of a wider package of measures reflecting our approach to sentencing.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: There are no such plans. Hypothecating the revenue from speeding fines would result in expenditure on traffic enforcement being determined by the income generated, rather than the relative priority of the activity.
In the light of the Home Office's study of the cost benefit analysis of traffic light and speed cameras we have decided to examine the funding arrangements for the cameras and consider what more might be done.
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