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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Our Embassy in Tel Aviv have raised the rejection of Mr. Safieh's application for family reunification with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We await their response.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Advanced research workshops are utilised by the NATO Science Committee's Outreach programme of scientific aid to central and eastern European countries. They bring together internationally renowned scientists and experts to discuss specific scientific problems which have arisen in former Warsaw Pact countries but have wider implications. The degradation of the Aral Sea basin is one such issue.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The UK pays 18.82 per cent. of the NATO science budget. For the financial year 19945 this amounted to £3,715,739. The recent New Scientist advertisement listed individual scientific meetings, rather than programmes. Each was approved specifically by the NATO Science Committee.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: These activities take place as part of the NATO science programme. It was established in 1958 and remains the only co-operative international effort embodying multilateral government support for advancing the frontiers of science through high level basic research. Its remit encompasses all disciplines in the pure and applied sciences, including environmental and social science.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: NATO publishes the proceedings of the courses and workshops it sponsors and retains the copyright for the material. Intellectual property arising from research facilitated by science programme awards remains the property of individuals and/or their institutions as dictated by individual contracts of employment and locally prevailing law.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Baroness Denton of Wakefield): Under the single programming document, which was agreed on 29 July 1994, Northern Ireland will earn 1233 mecu (approximately £956 million) for the period 19941999. A further 125 mecu (approximately £97 million) will be earned from the Community initiatives during the same period. Northern Ireland will also benefit from the recently announced special package of EU assistance. The peace initiative programme has been allocated 300 mecu (approximately £233 million) over the next three years. Under the Commission's guidelines, up to 80 per cent. of the funding will be available for activities in Northern Ireland.
In addition to these direct sources of funding, it is estimated that £117 million will be earned in 199495 and about £139 million in 199596, mainly through the guarantee section of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund. However, the bulk of guarantee section receipts are disbursed centrally and details of these payments are not maintained at regional level. Certain other small payments are made by the European Commission direct to recipients and are not passed through the United Kingdom Government.
The question of how much revenue Northern Ireland would receive from the European Union in the event of it becoming an independent State or joining the Republic of Ireland is purely hypothetical. If these circumstances arose it would be a matter for the EU to decide at that time what financial assistance could be made available.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): Information about the number of warrants currently outstanding for community charge defaulters is not collected centrally. This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost and effort.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): Clear instructions are now in place for the early selection, preservation and transfer of my Department's pictorial records to the appropriate places of deposit, principally the Imperial War Museum (IWM), who are responsible for cataloguing the material; all nitrate based motion film has been transferred to the IWM. Closer working arrangements have been developed with the IWM, and their officials now make regular visits to my department in connection with this work.
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