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Post-Abortion Stress

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): A study entitled Termination of pregnancy and psychiatric morbidity was funded by the Department of Health during this period. A report is awaiting publication. The department is always willing to consider soundly based research proposals subject to the competing demands on finite research funding.

Abortion by Dilation and Extraction

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Cumberlege: Dilation and extraction, (commonly referred to as dilation and evacuation), is one of the methods used for abortion.

Aircraft Movements

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): In the 12 months to March 1995, the number of aircraft movements were:

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(1)Total Aircraft Movements Passenger Air Transport Movements
Heathrow 428,846 413,545
Gatwick 193,141 182,608
Stansted 78,172 (1)60,147
Southampton 57,707 23,537

(1) Includes general aviation, cargo, helicopters and air taxis.

(1) This figure includes a number of movements which do not count toward the passenger air transport movement limit set under section 32 of the Airport Act 1986.

BAA's statement of case for the forthcoming public inquiry into the proposed Terminal 5 shows total aircraft movements at Heathrow rising to 473,000 in 2016 with Terminal 5, compared with 440,000 without. These figures will be open to examination at the inquiry.

Airport charges in the UK are governed by the provisions of the Airports Act 1986. Section 41 enables the CAA to impose conditions to remedy conduct such as artificially low charges or conduct which damages another airport's business. Airport charges in the UK also need to be consistent with international obligations which broadly relate the level of user charges paid by airlines to the recovery of the direct costs of airport operations.

For Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, the amount that can be raised through airport charges is controlled by a price cap formula set by the CAA, following a review by the MMC. The level of airport charges at Heathrow is higher than at Gatwick or Stansted.

Banking and Finance Industry: Employee Numbers

Lord Blaker asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many people were employed in financial services in the United Kingdom (a) in 1990 and (b) at the latest available date.

Lord Inglewood: In December 1990 there were 629,000 employees in the banking and finance industry in the United Kingdom, compared to 558,000 at December 1994.

Veterinary Medicines: Human Suspected Adverse Reactions

Lord Mountevans asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the 1993 report from the Appraisal Panel for Human Suspected Adverse Reactions to Veterinary Medicines has now been published.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): The report is being published this week and is available free of charge from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

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Armed Forces: Cazalet Report on Official Entertainment

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have yet received Sir Peter Cazalet's report on representational entertainment in the Armed Forces.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence received Sir Peter Cazalet's report on 25 April. We have today placed a copy in the Library of the House, and the report is available on request from my department.

In accordance with his terms of reference, Sir Peter studied the official entertainment conducted by Commanders at all levels including the occupants of Official Service Residences (properties furnished and equipped to a superior standard reflecting the entertainment responsibilities of the occupant). He has concluded that there is a legitimate requirement for the Armed Forces to entertain and has endorsed the concept of entertainment in officers' own homes. He draws attention to the high professional standards of house staff, chefs and stewards employed in support of official entertainment. He has made a number of recommendations about the way that entertainment is funded and the support that senior officers receive for this purpose. Additionally he has recommended that the concept of Official Service Residences should be retained, but that the criteria for entitlement to such properties should be reviewed, which should lead to a reduction in their number.

We endorse Sir Peter's conclusions, including that Service personnel have a need to entertain to an appropriate standard in support of their responsibilities. We accept his recommendations and shall now be undertaking further work in order to take them forward.

We are grateful to Sir Peter for undertaking this study.

I shall report back to the House on the completion of the further work I mentioned earlier.

Subordinate Legislation: House of Lords Powers

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In the light of the resolution moved by Lord Simon of Glaisdale on 20th October 1994, and agreed to by the House, that this House affirms its unfettered freedom to vote on any subordinate legislation submitted for its consideration, whether they consider that it is appropriate for this House to divide to negative subordinate legislation.

The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): As I made clear in the House on the occasion to which my noble friend refers, Her Majesty's Government "support the constructive way in which your Lordships have shown restraint" in exercising the House's undoubted

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power to vote on subordinate legislation—(HL, Debs. 20 October 1994, col. 363).

Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: UK Report

Lord Cochrane of Cults asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they submitted to the United Nations their latest periodic report under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The United Kingdom's thirteenth report under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was submitted to the United Nations on 21 April 1995. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.

Human Rights Report: Discrimination

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will make their Fourth Periodic Report to the Human Rights Committee under Article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights electronically available to the public, for example by placing it on the Internet.

Baroness Blatch: No; we remain of the view that the steps we have already taken to make the report freely available are sufficient and proportionate.

Mr. Salman Rushdie: Cost of Protection

Lord Palmer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much public money has been spent to protect the life of Mr. Salman Rushdie since the fatwa against him; and how much of that sum has been recouped from Mr. Rushdie.

Baroness Blatch: It is standard practice not to disclose the costs of protecting an individual in order to avoid the risk that the scale of that protection could be deduced. Where police protection is provided it is for the appropriate chief officer of police to decide on the level required and it is not the practice to ask the individual concerned to contribute to the costs.

Life Prisoners

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the population on 30 June 1992, 1993 and 1994 of persons serving a sentence of life imprisonment (including detention during Her Majesty's pleasure and custody for life) in England and Wales, categorised by: (i) male and female life sentence prisoners, (ii) those serving mandatory or discretionary life sentences, and (iii) the proportion of mandatory life sentence prisoners expressed as a percentage of the total for each year.

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Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Windlesham from the Director of Security and Services, HM Prison Service Mr. Richard Tilt, dated 2 May 1995:

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Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about life sentence prisoners.

The information you requested is given in the table below.

Population of life sentence prisoners in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales on 30 June 1992–1994

All life sentence prisoners
30 June Total Mandatory life sentence for murder Discretionary life sentence Per cent. of all life sentence prisoners serving mandatory life sentence
Males Females for murder
1992 2904 96 3000 2380 620 79
1993 2990 105 3095 (1)2509 (1)586 (1)81
1994(1) 3081 111 3192 2592 600 81

(1) Provisional figures.

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