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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Our representative raised the issue of Russia's actions in relation to the Code of Conduct at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the OSCE in Vienna on 12 January. We will continue to remind Russia of the need to comply with all OSCE principles and commitments.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Her Majesty's Embassy in Khartoum have received reports of unrest last October in Atbara and the arrest of civil servants in Juba. The human rights situation in Sudan, and Dr Biro's mandate, will be raised at the 51st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights which begins on 30 January.
Lord Inglewood: The staff of the Employment Department's Legal Adviser's Office are members of the Treasury Solicitor's Department. The office has 14 lawyers (1 at Grade 3, 4 at Grade 5, 5 at Grade 6 and 4 at Grade 7). They are all qualified in England and Wales as barristers or solicitors; they do not have formal qualifications in Scots or European law. The department also has a solicitor in Scotland, who is a partner in a firm of Scottish solicitors.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The total number of cars carried by Motorail in 1994 was in the region of 17,500. A number of factors would need to be taken into account in assessing the amount of fuel the cars might have used if they had travelled by road. These include length of journeys, route used, type of fuel, size of engine, and speed of travel. Information on those factors is not available.
Viscount Goschen: Motorail services, many of which share locomotives with sleeper services, are hauled by a mixture of electric and diesel locomotives during the course of their journeys. Consequently it is not possible to identify separate fuel costs for Motorail services.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): 1. Certain Non-Departmental Public Bodies inherited roles from the Greater London Council. These were the London Residuary Body (LRB) and the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA). The LRB, which has been running down for some time, has no employees currently. The LPFA currently employs 79 staff. Both the LRB and LPFA are sponsored by the Department of the Environment.
2. There are also a number of local authority-run joint boards and committees undertaking roles which were previously the remit of the GLC. The bodies with a pan-London responsibility include the following:
Viscount Ullswater: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment will be publishing a wide-ranging statement of the Government's strategic policies for improving air quality at 9.00 am tomorrow, when copies will be placed in the Printed Paper Office and the Libraries of the House.
Viscount Ullswater: My right honourable friends the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Minster for the Environment and Countryside attended the Environment Council in Brussels on 15 and 16 December. The Council reached a Common Position on the directive PCBs in a form acceptable to the UK. The Council decided by a qualified majority on a list of hazardous waste as required by Directive 91/689. The UK and Italy voted against because the list contains wastes which, under certain circumstances, are not hazardous, and is thereby contrary to the directive.
Council conclusions were agreed on a Community Strategy to reduce CO2 emissions which, inter alia, reflected the view reached at the European summit at Essen on the possibility of an optional carbon/energy tax. Council conclusions were also agreed on the preparation of an EU position for the first Conference of the Parties to the framework Convention on Climate Change.
During the discussion of the Commission's annual report on the implementation of Community law, my right honourable friend the Minister for the Environment and Countryside emphasised the need to consider the effectiveness of existing Community legislation in the real world and suggested that there should be an assessment of each piece of environmental legislation to see how successful it had been in meeting its objectives.
There were helpful discussions to prepare the EU position for the next meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development and on the draft biocides directive. Council Conclusions were also agreed on Transport and the Environment following a useful debate during which my right honourable friend
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): We have the application for grant support from the Faithfull Foundation, together with a number of other applications, under careful consideration. We will, of course, make decisions on all the applications at the earliest opportunity, but this is not likely to be for some weeks yet.