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The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): The Department of the Environment has today published the Government's response to the Committee's report and copies have been placed in the Library of the House.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): Although it would not be appropriate to identify posts individually, special employment rules relating to national extraction now apply only to certain intelligence posts in the defence area where potential conflicts of interest justify them.
Lord Henley: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. I have therefore asked him to reply. Letter to the Countess of Mar from the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency dated 4 May 1995:
Your question about whether research into organophosphate sheep dips is being carried out by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment (CBDE) at Porton Down has been passed to me to reply as Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). DERA which was formed on 1 April 1995 now includes CBDE as one of its divisions.
CBDE is not currently conducting any research into the chronic effects on health of organophosphate sheep dips. CBDE is aware that the HSE, MAFF and the Department of Health are presently attempting to set up a study into the long term health effects of the organophosphates used in sheep dips and in conjunction with the University of Bristol submitted tender proposals for the contract. This was not accepted and the study has now been readvertised. CBDE is considering whether to reapply.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The Memorandum on the United Kingdom Government's Approach to the Treatment of European Defence Issues at the 1996 Inter-Governmental Conference was presented to Parliament by the Prime Minister on 1 March.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The European Court of Justice is required by Article 164 of the Treaty of Rome to ensure that, in the interpretation and application of the treaties, the law is observed. We welcome the fact that, in fulfilling this function, the Court has shown itself to be increasingly aware of member states' legitimate concerns. This was clear, for example, in the recent World Trade Organisation/GATT opinion, and cases on Sunday trading, lotteries and trademarks.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We welcome the contribution UNAMIR's presence has made to restoration of stability and security in Rwanda. We support the international enquiry, in which the UK will participate, into recent events at Kibeho. The UN Secretary-General has also despatched a special envoy to Rwanda following the recent incidents. The Security Council will take into account the Secretary-General's views on the future role of UNAMIR in reaching a decision on renewal of its mandate due by 9 June.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: I have sent messages to the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister of Rwanda expressing our grave concern at the events at Kibeho. Together with EU and Security Council partners, we have stressed the need to ensure the safety of the internally displaced and other refugees. We welcome the proposal for an international inquiry into events at Kibeho and are ready to take part.
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