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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Country assessments are being produced by the Country Information and Policy Unit within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate on the 35 main asylum producing countries in the United Kingdom. The assessments will be completed over the next few weeks and will be made publicly available on the Home Office Internet site. Copies of the assessments will be placed in the Library as they become available. The assessments are all sourced to information obtained from independent external sources and from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. A bibliography of sources used is included in each assessment.
Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire)
Former Republic of Yugoslavia
Lord Williams of Mostyn: There is nothing in current legislation to prevent the sale of company names. If part of the Royal Automobile Club were sold to new owners, there would be no requirement for approval to be sought for continued use of the name, although the existing and new companies would be prevented under Section 26(1)(c) of the Companies Act 1985 from registering under the same corporate title. If the name were amended in any way, the company would need to apply to the Home Office for a letter of non-objection to use of the new name. Consideration would be given to any application in accordance with the normal criteria.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): The deployment of US and Russian surveillance satellites is a matter for those nations. Article 1 of the Outer Space Treaty sets out the right of all states to explore and use outer space in accordance with international law. It requires such exploration and use to be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries, mandates free access to all areas of celestial bodies and freedom of scientific investigation, and requires states to encourage and facilitate international
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): We have restated our commitment to carrying out our legal obligations to implement the EU Habitats and Wild Birds Directives and, as part of that process, to contribute to the Natura 2000 network by designating Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and to provide further guidance to competent authorities on the application of Articles 6(3) and 6(4). We have given a clearer policy lead to local planning authorities on how issues should be resolved where obligations to review extant planning permissions arise under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 and guiding principles for all competent authorities on what might constitute overriding public interest.
Baroness Hayman: We are pleased to announce that the Expert Group on Thaumasite, to be chaired by Professor Leslie Clark, President elect of the Institution of Structural Engineers, will comprise the following members:
|Professor Leslie Clark||Chairman|
|Dr. Philip Nixon||The Building Research Establishment|
|Dr. Peter Robery||The Institution of Civil Engineers|
|John Haynes||The National House-Building Council|
|Dr. Bill Price||The Association of Consulting Engineers|
|Neil Dutton||The Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors|
|Dr. Don Hobbs||The British Cement Association|
|Chris Curtis||The Quarry Products Association|
|John Patch||The Federation of Piling Specialists and Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors|
|Terry Rochester||Construction Clients' Forum|
|Roy Thurgood||The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions|
|David Slater||The Concrete Society|
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) is discussing the detailed content and presentation of the Spirit zone within the Millennium Dome with the Lambeth Consultation Group, which comprises representations of the Churches and other faiths. The Lambeth Group has produced a document setting out the spiritual values which it wishes to see enshrined in the Millennium Experience at Greenwich. I have placed copies in the Libraries of the House. The NMEC is giving this urgent consideration, while also taking the advice of expert witnesses from the Churches and other faiths.
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