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The Police Health and Safety Act of 1997 which came into effect on 1 July 1998 brought police officers within the scope of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Police forces must therefore take the necessary measures to safeguard the health and safety of all their officers, whether regulars of specials.
As special constables carry out broadly the same range of duties as the regulars; they need to demonstrate the same skills and be trained and equipped to the same standard as regular officers. This has inevitably meant that recruitment standards for
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): My honourable friend the Minister for the Armed Forces announced in another place on 30 November 2000 (Official Report, cols. 726-27W) that a number of precautionary operating restrictions had been put in place on the use of the Warrior armoured vehicle following the failure of the drive shaft system in some vehicles. A technical solution to the problem has now been developed and the fitting of modified parts commenced on 5 March 2001. The operating restrictions are being lifted from individual vehicles as they receive the modified drive shafts. The programme to convert all Warrior vehicles is expected to be completed by July 2001.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In 1999 the then Secretary of State for Defence, Lord Robertson, announced a series of events, now under the umbrella title Defence 2000, which would follow the ending of the Royal Tournament. The spirit of the tournament would be taken forward with an event in London and a military festival held annually outside the capital at different military locations. The Royal Military Tattoo 2000 held on Horse Guards Parade last summer was a major undertaking for the armed services. It was the Ministry of Defence's principal contribution to the Millennium celebrations and was an outstanding success. London will continue to be well served with military pageantry, not least in terms of state occasions, the annual Beating the Retreat and Queen's Birthday Parade. We intend to identify possible future occasions where an event on the scale of RMT 2000 would be both appropriate and practicable.
In 2001 the Royal Navy will host the first regional event in Portsmouth. It will build on the very successful International Festival of the Sea format, held previously in Bristol in 1996 and Portsmouth in 1998. This year's International Festival of the Sea will feature significant contributions from all three services under the title Defence 2001. These regional events will allow our armed services to display their latest equipment, as well as providing a glimpse into the future. There will be no regional event in 2002 because of the involvement of the armed services in the celebrations for The Queen's Golden Jubilee, in particular the Royal visit to the armed services at Portsmouth and the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral. The Royal Air Force will host the regional event in 2003 and the Army in 2004.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): Our current assessment is that the risk of wild deer playing any significant part in the spread of disease is very low. We therefore have no plans at this stage to control wild deer populations.
Baroness Hayman: The survey of badger carcasses announced by the Government on 7 November will run until further notice. However, collection of badger carcasses by the State Veterinary Service has been temporarily suspended as a result of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. Results will be published periodically after analysis by the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB.
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