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Maastricht Treaty

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment Her Majesty's Government have made of the argument advanced by the Bank of England in the papers circulated at the symposium on 20 January 1998 on the application of regulations stemming from article 109I of the Maastricht treaty to the United Kingdom and their treatment by English courts; and if he will make a statement. [25036]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 26 January 1998]: The Bank of England advanced no such amendment.

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has come to a decision on the issue, relating to article 109L of the Maastricht treaty raised in paragraph 4, page 86 of the paper circulated by the Bank of England at the symposium on 20 January 1998, and if he will make a statement. [25037]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 26 January 1998]: Given the views of the financial sector, the Government do not believe that there is a need to introduce any additional national legislation in this area.

Inheritance Tax

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the receipts from inheritance tax; and what were the costs of collection in each year since 1990. [25040]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Mr. Loughton) on 19 December 1997, Official Report, column 337.

Export Licences (Turkey)

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under which military list headings of an export licence the export by a UK company of ammunition production equipment to Turkey would fall. [25237]

Mrs. Barbara Roche [holding answer 23 January 1998]: I have been asked to reply.

The export to any destination of specially designed or modified production equipment for the production of ammunition is controlled under entry ML18 in Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994 (S.I. 1994/1991). The text of Part III of Schedule 1 is now set out in Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 2) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996-2663).

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Disabled Staff

Mr. Cawsey: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of Palace of Westminster staff are registered disabled. [25662]

Mr. Kirkwood: Following the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (which came into effect in December 1996) the concept of registered disabled was discontinued. The House, therefore, no longer records the information requested.

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However, the House of Commons Disabled Persons' Officer has recently conducted a review and her recommendations include inviting jobholders to say on revised annual appraisal forms whether they consider themselves to have a disability and if so to discuss either with their line manager or with their Departmental Disabled Persons Officer any adjustments which might be needed to help them. The recommendations of the review are currently being considered.

The House of Commons Commission does not have responsibility for other staff in the Palace (e.g. Members' staff, the Metropolitan Police or House of Lords staff).

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Exports (Kenya)

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if any private companies have been licensed to provide training in riot control to the Kenyan police, military or security units. [24333]

Mrs. Roche: The provision of such training would not require a licence.

Channel Islands (Exports)

Ms Kingham: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what military list and police and paramilitary list items designated ML and PL on the Export of Goods Control Order (1994) have been licensed to the Channel Islands for the periods (a) between June 1996 and April 1997 and (b) since 1 May 1997; what records her Department holds of subsequent exports from the Channel Islands of these items; and whether they are included in her Department's export licensing statistics under the ECLIPS System. [23585]

Mrs. Roche: The Export Control Organisation's computer databases have been interrogated and the results are as follows.

Between 1 June 1996 and 1 May 1997, 72 standard individual licences and 10 Open Individual Licences were issued for the export to the Channel Islands of goods controlled by Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order (the so-called "Military List"). Between 2 May and 24 December 1997, 44 standard individual licences and 1 Open Individual Licence were issued for such exports.

This answer should be read in the context of my answer to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) on 30 October 1997, Official Report, columns 870-71.

The Department of Trade and Industry is not the licensing authority for exports from the Channel Islands, although it is generally consulted on individual cases by their officials. A paper record of such consultations is retained by the Department, but details are not entered on the ECLIPS computer database.

Official Engagements

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list (a) the official engagements by the Minister with responsibility for Science and Technology

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between 1 December 1997 and 15 January 1998, and (b) the number of days he has been in the Department between 1 December 1997 and 12 January 1998. [24373]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 20 January 1998]: During the period in question, I undertook an extensive programme of official engagements.

Export Licences

Ann Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to her answer of 11 December 1998, Official Report, column 671, what equipment (a) the one arms export licence to Turkey refused and (b) the 71 licences granted, covered. [23047]

Mrs. Roche: The Export Control Organisation's computer databases have been interrogated, and the following results were obtained.

Between 2 May and 5 November inclusive, decisions were taken on 73 applications for standard or open individual licences to export to Turkey goods controlled under entries in Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994 (the so-called "Military List"): 71 standard individual export licences were granted, and one application for such a licence refused; and one open individual export licence was issued. At 5 November, 105 applications were awaiting a decision.

Decisions on applications for standard individual export licences during the period

RatingNumber of licences granted covering goods with this ratingNumber of applications refused covering goods with this rating
ML1111
ML290
ML350
ML420
ML530
ML620
ML710
ML940
ML1070
ML11260
ML1420
ML1610
ML1810

Decisions on applications for open individual export licences (OIELs) during the period

RatingNumber of licences granted covering goods with this ratingNumber of applications refused covering goods with this rating
ML510

However, this information should be considered in the light of my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) on 30 October 1997, Official Report, columns 256-58. As regards the additional information requested, it would entail disproportionate cost to make the inquiries necessary under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

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Armoured Vehicles (Indonesia)

Ann Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what the value was of the export credits extended to support the supply of Alvis armoured vehicles to Indonesia in (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997. [24581]

Mrs. Roche: The values were as follows:




Bankruptcy

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will review the law of bankruptcy with particular reference to the implications of the Landau case on the sequestration of the pensions of bankrupt people; and if she will make a statement. [25059]

Mr. Nigel Griffiths: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security is currently undertaking a wide ranging review of pensions. The review will encompass all relevant legislative provisions and bankruptcy case law impacting on the rights to a bankrupt's pension. It would not be appropriate to make a statement until the outcome of that review is known.

Industrial Tribunals

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans she has to permit employers to submit written testimony to industrial tribunals. [25304]

Mr. Ian McCartney: Parties already submit written representations for consideration by an industrial tribunal at a hearing. However the Government recognise that there may be occasions when parties may wish not to attend a hearing and would prefer that their case is dealt with on written evidence alone.

The Government are, therefore, supporting the Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill, a Private Peer's Bill, which was introduced in the House of Lords by the right hon. Lord Archer of Sandwell QC on 9 July 1997. This Bill will permit regulations to be made to allow a tribunal to determine cases on written evidence alone--that is, without a hearing--where both parties have given their consent.

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