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We and other NATO members believe OSCE is the appropriate body to deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, to which the blockade of Armenia is related. We fully support OSCE efforts and expect all blockades to be lifted as part of an overall peace settlement.
The Cyprus dispute is being addressed by the United Nations Secretary General, who is continuing his good offices mission, designed to secure a peaceful, just and lasting settlement. We are giving active support to his efforts.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): No accurate estimate of the number of eligible people not on electoral registers is available, although the number of names recorded on parliamentary electoral registers in Great Britain in 1994 was 42,624,000, compared with an estimated resident population of eligible age of 44,780,000. To
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): No final decisions have yet been taken on the future of these services. The Franchising Director will be consulting the Rail Users' Consultative Committee for Scotland and the Scottish regional councils about services to be included in the passenger service requirement for the Scotrail franchise in the early summer. Any representations about loss of amenity or employment which would result from the withdrawal of these services can be made as part of that process.
To ensure that momentum is maintained with implementing the science, engineering and technology White Paper Realising Our Potential, the Government decided that some 5 per cent.or £67 millionof the Science Budget should be targeted to priority initiatives aimed specifically at taking White Paper issues forward. This figure, which includes the funding necessary to continue the priority initiatives started in 199495, was allocated as follows:
|Improved interaction with industry|
|Realising Our Potential Awards||21.55|
|Additional funding for LINK||3.00|
|Innovative Manufacturing Initiative||2.00|
|Industrial Quota CASE and collaborative studentships||1.45|
|Enhancement of underpinning strategic science|
|Physics, Mathematics and Medicine||2.40|
|Wealth-creating products from plants||1.00|
|Funding for infrastructure grants||3.00|
|Increase in the Research Training Support Grant||1.04|
|Enhancement of people-related programmes|
|Royal Society programmes (including expansion of University Research Fellowships and launch of the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme)||1.50|
|Programmes run by the Royal Academy of Engineering (including industrial secondments, RAEng research chairs and expansion of the visiting professor scheme)||0.80|
|Additional funding for Public Understanding of Science, Engineering and Technology||0.25|
|Establishment of an International Subscriptions Reserve||8.00|
|Contingency for the establishment of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils||1.50|
Earl Howe: The research councils are currently spending some 0.4 per cent. of the Science Budgetover £4.5 millionon research into new technology intended to improve the lives of disabled people. This is in addition to the money spent by the Department of Health, the European Union, healthcare industries, the UK drugs industry and medical charities.
It is not possible accurately to quantify the extent to which the Science Budget funds are devoted to the promotion of women in science, engineering and technology. However the research councils undertake a significant range of activities which are in part devoted to the promotion of women in these areas.
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