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Lord Inglewood: The figure of £23 derives from the Policy Studies Institute's 1993 publication Families, Work and Benefits, which compared the incomes of 2,300 low income families either in or out of work. The figure took account of the effects on other benefits.
Lord Inglewood: The Government firmly believe that it would be inappropriate to legislate for paternity leave because to do so would jeopardise the wide range of voluntary leave arrangements already in place in the UK, increase employers' costs, place further burdens on employers and in the end cost jobs. Paternity leave can be considered at the workplace as part of the overall package of pay and benefits.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): On 24 April, Environment Department officials met interested parties to discuss these issues. Following broad agreement reached at that meeting, the Government propose to establish a regular forum to consider the implications of the growth in the populations of birds of prey and to set up a working group to examine the facts and identify possible action.
The working group, which will be chaired jointly by officials from the Department of the Environment and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, will reflect a wide range of interests. It will be set up as soon as possible.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Development Council decided on a political and technical dialogue with the Government of Rwanda, which will enable EC aid to be resumed. The Council also agreed resolutions on complementarity, structural adjustment and regional integration, and a declaration providing guidelines for research. The Council also set priorities for EC aid to South Africa in 1995, and launched a joint evaluation of EC aid programmes to the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the Mediterranean, and Asia and Latin America. There were exchanges of view on EC humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, migration and development, and the UN world conference on women.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We want to see the process of EU accession contribute to a settlement of the intercommunal dispute. In the meantime we are giving full and active support to the UN Secretary General's efforts. Exploratory discussions between representations of the two communities in Cyprus took place in London on 2123 May. We are encouraging both sides to approach future negotiations positively and flexibly.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We want to increase Britain's influence and promote Britain's interests by co-operating at a European level where it makes sense to do so. We also want the European Union to do less but to do it better. Both these aims are positive.
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