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Employment Action Plan

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will place copies of the United Kingdom's Employment Action Plan in the Library. [39732]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Copies of the Employment Action Plan, which sets out the Government's policies for implementing the Employment Guidelines agreed at the Special European Council held in Luxembourg in November 1997, have been placed in the Library. The Plan contains the latest information on employment policy, including the announcements made by the Chancellor in his Budget on 17 March.

Disability Rights Commission

Mr. Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when the recommendations of the Disability Rights Task Force on the role and functions of a Disability Rights Commission will be made available. [39842]

Mr. Alan Howarth: The recommendations of the Disability Rights Task Force on the role and functions of a Disability Rights Commission were provided before Easter. They are currently under consideration across Government. The recommendations may be accessed, as can other Task Force papers, via the Internet (on website www.disability.gov.uk). Copies of the recommendations have also been placed in the Library.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Treasury Grant

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will make a statement on her plans for the Treasury Grant. [38245]

Mr. Denham: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 9 March 1998, Official Report, columns 88-90.

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We have no plans to change the basis on which Treasury Grant is made available to the National Insurance Fund.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Gardening Leave

Mr. Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many diplomatic staff members, in each grade, were on gardening leave on 31 March for each year since 1997; and for what reason staff were on gardening leave. [38952]

Mr. Fatchett: There are no officers on gardening leave, but the hon. Member may like to know that on 31 March 1997, 15 officers were on standby while awaiting a new assignment. On 31 March 1998 the figure was 8.

Commonwealth Business Council

Mr. Charles Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made to set up the Commonwealth Business Council, as agreed at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. [39840]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: The first meeting of the Commonwealth Business Council took place in London on 20 and 21 April under the chairmanship of Lord Cairns, with Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa as Vice-Chairman. It was attended by a number of leading business persons from throughout the Commonwealth. As agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, its objective is to promote greater private sector involvement in the promotion of trade and investment, and thus prosperity, throughout the Commonwealth. The British Government were pleased to provide £250,000 towards the Council's start-up costs. We hope that other Commonwealth Governments and the private sector will also want to contribute to this most valuable initiative.

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Arms Embargo)

Mr. Charles Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the steps taken by the Government to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1160 imposing an arms embargo on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. [39841]

Mr. Doug Henderson: The EU already imposes an arms embargo on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The UK's interpretation of this embargo covers all goods and

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technology in Part III of Schedule I to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994, as amended (the so-called "Military List").

Following the adoption by the UN Security Council on 31 March of Resolution 1160 as a result of the recent violence in Kosovo, the Privy Council have made Orders in Council giving full effect to the action which the UK is required to take. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) Order 1998; the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Dependent Territories) Order 1998; the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) Order 1998; and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) Order 1998 were approved by the Privy Council on 22 April, and will come into force on 24 April. As a result of these Orders a licence will be required to supply any goods on the Military List to the FRY, so bringing under control such supplies abroad by UK-registered companies or nationals.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Departmental Committees of Inquiry

Mr. Allan: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list all departmental committees of inquiry which have been established since May 1995, indicating the date of establishment and name of the chairman; and if he will separately identify those departmental inquiries which have been set up by Ministers which have sought expert or lay opinion and which have been chaired by an individual outside Government. [35749]

Dr. David Clark: "Departmental Committee of Inquiry" is a term usually applied only to inquiries which have been set up by Ministers, which have sought expert or lay opinion, and which have normally been chaired by an individual outside Government. The following list details those inquiries established in this way since May 1995.

The list excludes advisory committees established to provide on-going advice (such as those advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies listed in "Public Bodies 1997"), task forces and reviews set up since May 1997 to provide policy advice and recommendations (as listed in the Written Answer to a Question from Lord Chesham provided by my noble Friend Lord McIntosh of Haringey in the other place on 12 February 1998, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 231-44 and inquiries set up routinely in pursuance of responsibilities under a statutory requirement, for example public inquiries held under planning legislation.

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Departmental committees of inquiry

DepartmentCommitteeDate establishedChairman
Departmental Inquiries
MAFF, DH, SO, WO, NIOBovine Spongiform Encephalopathy InquiryDecember 1997Lord Justice Phillips
DFEENational Committee of Inquiry into Higher EducationFebruary 1996Lord Dearing
DFEELiterary Task ForceMay 1996Professor Michael Barber
DETRMerchant Vessel DerbyshireSeptember 1995Lord Donaldson
DETRReview of the Area Cost AdjustmentOctober 1995Professor Robert Elliott
DETRSea Empress Environmental Evaluation CommitteeMarch 1996Professor Ronald Edwards
DHUtting Children's Safeguards ReviewJune 1996Sir William Utting
DHCommittee of Inquiry into the Personality Disorder Unit, Ashworth Special Hospital, MerseysideFebruary 1997His Honour Peter Fallon QC
DHReview of Prescribing, Supply and Administration of MedicinesMarch 1997Dr. June Crown
DHReview of cervical screening services in Kent and Canterbury Hospitals NHS TrustJune 1997Sir William Wells
HOInquiry into Legislation Against TerrorismDecember 1995Lord Lloyd of Berwick
HOAssessment and Implications of Centrifuge Contamination in the Trace Explosive Section of the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort HalsteadMay 1996Professor Brian Caddy
HOScrutiny of evidence relating to the Hillsborough disasterJune 1997Lord Justice Stuart-Smith
HOInquiry under the Police Act 1996 into matters arising from the death of Stephen LawrenceAugust 1997Sir William Macpherson of Cluny
HOReview of Financial Regulation in the Crown DependenciesJanuary 1998Mr. Andrew Edwards
LCDReview of the law relating to profits of crimeMarch 1997Professor Gareth Jones
NIOThe International BodyNovember 1995Senator George Mitchell
NIOReview of Northern Ireland Police Complaints SystemNovember 1995Dr. Maurice Hayes
NIOIndependent Review of Parades and Marches for Northern IrelandJuly 1996Dr. Peter North
NIOThe Steele Inquiry into incidents at HM Prison MazeMarch 1997Mr. John Steele(10)
NIOVictims of ViolenceOctober 1997Sir Kenneth Bloomfield
NIOThe Narey Inquiry into incidents at HM Prison MazeDecember 1997Mr. Martin Narey(10)
NICSStaff Deployment in the Northern Ireland Civil ServiceMarch 1997Dr. Maurice Hayes
SOInquiry into the Appointment Practices of Monklands District CouncilJuly 1995Mr. W. A. Nimmo Smith QC
SOInquiry into the Appointment of Chief Officers in North Lanarkshire CouncilDecember 1995Mr. D. I. K. MacLeod WS
SOSevere Weather Working PartyJanuary 1996Mr. Stephen Hampson(10)
SOThe Pennington Group--report on the circumstances leading to the 1996 outbreak of infection with E. coli 0157 in Central Scotland, the implications for food safety and the lessons to be learnedNovember 1996Professor Hugh Pennington
SOReview of an Eye Transplantation/CJD Incident in 1997November 1997Sir William Stewart FRS
SOInquiry into Diesel Spill at Burncrooks Water Treatment WorksDecember 1997Mr. Robert Fraser OBE
DTILong Term Feedstock Supply GroupJanuary 1998Mr. Martyn Baker(10) and Mr. David Saunders(10)
Tribunals of Inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921
NIOTribunal into the Events of 30 January 1972 (the Bloody Sunday Inquiry)January 1998Lord Saville of Newdigate
SOInquiry into the Dunblane ShootingsMarch 1996Lord Cullen
WOInquiry into the Abuse of Children in Care in North WalesJune 1996Sir. Ronald Waterhouse
Royal Commissions
DHRoyal Commission on Long-Term CareDecember 1997Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland

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