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|DFID Budget (2000-2001)||£3.2 billion|
|EU Budget (2000)||£6.0 billion|
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): We had envisaged that a limited fishing vessel decommissioning scheme might have been needed to meet our EU obligations to reduce capacity of fixed gear vessels. However, capacity in the lines and nets segment of the fleet is already within the MAGP IV objectives for end 2001, and the tonnage of shellfish fixed gear vessels is close to the 2001 objectives. We do not therefore plan to hold a decommissioning scheme in present circumstances.
Baroness Hayman: The United States Department of Agriculture has not yet approached Her Majesty's Government to ask if they will receive samples from the recent sheep TSE outbreak in Vermont to assist with the investigation. However, Her Majesty's Government would respond positively if such an approach was made.
Baroness Hayman: The north-east coast salmon drift net fishery is being phased out; the numbers of net licences issued has halved since the phase-out began in 1993. The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review recommended that the phase-out should be accelerated, with compensation offered to netsmen to encourage them to leave this fishery on a voluntary basis as soon as possible. The Government are currently seeking views on the review's recommendations, and will make their response to them later in the year.
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: This is a matter for the Scottish Parliament. The information requested can be obtained from the Scottish Parliament Information Office or from the Scottish Parliament website.
Whether detailed financial information on Yorkshire Water will be made available to customers before any decision on the purchase price is agreed; and[HL3477]
What mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that there is genuine independence in negotiating the sale price of Yorkshire Water; and how customers who are buying will be involved as well as shareholders who are selling; and[HL3478]
Why it is proposed that the new Registered Community Asset Mutual (RCAM) which is to take over Yorkshire Water Services will contract for the first five years of its operation with Kelda, which will subcontract the work to others; and whether instead the new RCAM could subcontract the work itself from the start.[HL3479]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The Government's prime interest is to ensure that any reorganisation in the water industry will bring direct and long lasting benefits to customers, and that companies can continue to comply with their public health and environmental obligations.
Under the Water Industry Act 1991, the Director General of Water Services has a duty to act in the manner he considers best calculated to secure that the interests of customers are protected. The Director General has said that he considers that more consultation with customers is necessary before the proposal by Kelda could go ahead. Following receipt of responses to his earlier consultation paper, he intends to publish a position paper on the issues raised by Kelda's proposals, including those raised by the noble Baroness, on 25 July. This will set out how best such further consultation should be conducted.
Lord Whitty: The Director General of Water Services has said that he considers that more consultation with customers is necessary before the proposal by Kelda could go ahead. Following receipt of responses to his earlier consultation paper, he intends to publish a position paper on the issues raised by Kelda's proposal before 31 July, including how best such further consultation should be conducted.
Lord Whitty: The Health and Safety (HSE) is responsible for health, safety and welfare in the workplace. It recommends that all employers should introduce a policy to control smoking in the workplace which gives priority to the needs of non-smokers. HSE's guidance Passive smoking at work encourages employers to introduce a ban on indoor smoking.
Lord Whitty: In Transport 2010: The 10 Year Plan we have announced the acceleration of the A.1 Newcastle to Berwick Multi Modal Study. Consultants will be selected later this year with a target of reporting within 12 months drawing upon the findings of the existing Route Management Study and the Tyneside Area Multi Modal Study.
Lord Whitty: No new regulations for swimming pool lifeguarding have been introduced by the Health and Safety Commission. The safety of workers and the public in swimming pools is protected under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and supporting legislation.
The Health and Safety Commission published guidance entitled Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG 179) in 1999 to describe good practice and help pool operators to comply with their duties under the legislation. It offers practical information to pool operators, including on lifeguarding. Following the guidance is not compulsory and organisations are free to take other action to comply with their statutory duties.
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