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Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Her Majesty's Government remain concerned by reports that Israel may have a nuclear weapons programme. We continue to urge Israel to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in order to allay international suspicions about her nuclear activities. Israel has signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
We are aware that Israel possesses theatre anti-ballistic missile systems. But these are designed to defend Israel against missile attack--as was demonstrated during the Gulf War--and pose no offensive threat to her neighbours.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Each case has to be decided on its individual merits. The FCO takes all relevant factors into account in deciding whether to make representations at ministerial level on behalf of British nationals detained without trial in foreign prisons. These include:
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Lloyd, met the Sierra Leone Minister of Finance, Development and Economic Planning, Dr. James Jonah, on 18 January to discuss recent events in Sierra Leone. Dr. Jonah explained the importance which the Government of Sierra Leone attached to strengthening
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The fourth report in this series, covering the period July-December 1998, was published today and a copy of the report has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The report includes a foreword written by the Foreign Secretary. I commend the report to the House.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I am aware of the poor condition of this grade I listed building, owned by the London Borough of Camden. Its listing means that it is protected by the provisions of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. These provisions are designed to ensure that a building's special architectural quality or historic importance is fully recognised, and that care will be taken over decisions affecting its future. The Government look to local authorities to deal with their own listed buildings in ways which will provide examples of good practice to other owners. I understand that the council has had discussions with English Heritage on the building and is now drawing up options for its future use.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government have no plans to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Oliver Cromwell. The noble Lord may be aware, however, that a number of events to mark the occasion are already taking place throughout the country.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): The Reporter's report was received by the Scottish Office on 4 September 1998. The Secretary of State announced his decision to allow Historic Scotland to proceed with the development proposals on 1 February 1999.
Lord Sewel: The all-party Consultative Steering Group which is chaired by my honourable friend the Minister of State and which has been charged with making recommendations on how the Parliament might operate, considered the issue of Gaelic in its report to the Secretary of State, Shaping Scotland's Parliament. The group recommended that the normal working language of the Parliament should be English but that members wishing to make a speech in Gaelic should give prior notice so that arrangements could be made for interpreting facilities. Speeches made in Gaelic will be published in the Official Report in the original Gaelic, with an English translation. It is also proposed to produce public information material in Gaelic, as well as in other non-English languages spoken in Scotland.
Lord Sewel: The location of their headquarters in Scotland is a matter for the BBC itself; I understand that the headquarters will continue to be in Glasgow. However, there are plans to provide facilities in Edinburgh to ensure comprehensive coverage of the new Parliament.
Lord Sewel: A person may fire a shotgun from a boat on a river in Scotland provided it is done in accordance with the terms of a shotgun certificate issued to him under the Firearms Act 1968, as amended, by the chief constable for the area in which he resides. However, Section 5(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits the use of boats powered by engines to pursue wild birds (including wildfowl) for the purpose of killing or taking them.
In which Act the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland is enshrined.[HL722]
Lord Sewel: The ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland is a common law right. A person may shoot on the foreshore provided it is done in accordance with the terms of a certificate issued to him under the Firearms Act 1968, as amended, by the chief constable for the area in which he resides.
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