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Lord Filkin: Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (Information) Order 2002 came into force on 22 August 2002. However, routine use of the powers will not be made until the consultation on implementation of the powers has been completed. The powers have been used on a limited localised basis where there has been an operational need. This has been carried out with the full co-operation of the carriers concerned.
Whether any proposals for the upgrading of RAF Fylingdales as proposed in the Ministry of Defence consultation paper on missile defence (or otherwise) will be the subject of a full environmental impact assessment; and to the major development test set out in paragraph 4.5 of Planning Guidance PPG7.[HL1003]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): In my statement to the House on 15 January, I indicated that the Government have come to the preliminary conclusion that they should agree to the request by the United States to upgrade the facilities at RAF Fylingdales for missile defence purposes. We believe that the work involved (essentially internal modifications to the radar and communications buildings) will not amount to development within its definition in the planning Acts or PPG7, and therefore will not require any formal planning consultation. We are, however, in touch with the North Yorks Moors National Park Authority, as the relevant local planning authority, and have undertaken to provide it with full evidence to substantiate this case as it becomes available.
Lord Bach: Procurement of temporary deployable accommodation is fully consistent with the defence industrial policy announced in October 2002. This policy is rooted in value for money and competition, while taking account of the wider benefits for the United Kingdom as a whole.
Whether the immunisation programme for troops now deploying to the Gulf is consistent with the findings so far of the study now being undertaken at Porton Down of the interactions in relation to the multiple immunisation programme adopted for troops involved in the Gulf War.[HL1063]
Lord Bach: The Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down is studying whether the combination of vaccines and tablets used to protect United Kingdom personnel during the 199091 Gulf conflict can give rise to adverse health effects. We plan to publish interim findings on the short-term effects of vaccine and pyridostigmine bromide on marmosets in the next few months.
We have acknowledged that the 199091 Gulf conflict revealed shortcomings in medical preparedness. A number of personnel were not up to date with their standard service immunisations. We have since modified our policy guidance to ensure that all troops are immunised routinely. Additional checks have been introduced to ensure personnel are up to
For those service personnel who are not up to date with their immunisations, as with any medical treatment, the offer of immunisation would take full account of any other treatment or medication an individual might be receiving at the same time.
Lord Bach: It is the Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down rather than the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research which is studying whether the combination of vaccines and tablets used to protect United Kingdom personnel during the 199091 Gulf conflict can give rise to adverse health effects. We plan to publish interim findings on the short-term effects of vaccines and pyridostigmine bromide on marmosets within the next few months.
Lord Bach: All bidders for the heavy equipment transporter (HET) contract were required to offer solutions capable of meeting all relevant United Kingdom and EU legislation, which includes prescribed limits for in-cab noise levels. The in-cab noise level in the HET will be measured as part of the UK and EU vehicle approval process. The Ministry of Defence does not have access to this information for the MAN or Unipower vehicles and no data exists for the current Scammell Commander transporter.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Astbal): Officials in my department will be writing to the Electoral Commission shortly to seek their view on whether a Post Office box number meets the imprint requirements for election material, I will write to you once we have the outcome of our joint consideration.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): It is not possible to predict the precise impact of the Hunting Bill because the main provisions establish a process for deciding the future of hunting rather than deciding it directly.
My right honourable friend has considered all the evidenceincluding that of the National Canine Defence League, Kennel Club and International League for the Protection of Horsessubmitted during the six-month consultation, including the three days of hearings held in public at Portcullis House in September 2002.
Where the activity is banned absolutely, as in the case of deer hunting and hare coursing, it would be prudent of the owners who are responsible for the welfare of their dogs and horses, and other interested parties, to plan for that eventuality.
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