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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Viscount Astor): The United Kingdom supports the principle of a convention to provide a standard for the protection of archaeological sites throughout Europe and Her Majesty's Government ratified the first European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage on 20 April 1971. A revised convention was signed in 1992; its ratification is currently under consideration.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The equivalent of this power is currently used in Income Support to prescribe groups such as members of religious orders, prisoners, and certain persons from abroad. It is intended that the power will be exercised in a similar way in Jobseeker's Allowance. The vires are subject to the usual legal limitsfor example, on questions of rationality of discrimination. Any use of the powers would be subject to judicial review in the normal way.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Carriage of dangerous goods through the Channel Tunnel must comply with the Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail and the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (RID/ADR). Only simple fertilisers based on ammonium nitrate which conform to EC directive 80/876 as amended are permitted for carriage. These are not classified as explosive substances under the international regulations.
Viscount Goschen: Ports privatised under the Ports Act 1991 are showing already the increased efficiency which comes from full commercial management and competition on an equal footing with other ports. Both ports and port users benefit from such increased efficiency. All trust ports can, at any time, use the Ports Act 1991 to take action to privatise themselves. FiveForth, Clyde, Tees and Hartlepool, Medway and Tilburyhave done so already. Dundee is now in the process of privatisation. We welcome this, and hope more will follow.
Under the Act, following consultation, we are able to direct a trust port with an annual turnover of more than £5.4 million in two of its last three accounting years to form a successor company and to prepare a scheme for transferring the undertaking to that company, with a view to the sale of the company to the commercial sector.
We are considering giving a direction to the Dover Harbour Board, the port of Tyne Authority and the Ipswich Port Authority directing each to form a company and to prepare a scheme for transferring the authority's undertaking to it. The Secretary of State for Transport has accordingly written separately today to the chairmen of those authorities to consult them on our proposal. We have no plans at present to consult with the other ports with annual turnover above the threshold.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Bids to design, construct, manage and finance secure training centres at Gringley and Cookham Wood were received on 12 June. The evaluation process is therefore at a very early stage. The draft contract remains a confidential document during the tender period.
Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking what proportion of (a) all sentenced prison receptions and (b) receptions of prisoners sentenced to six months or less were fine defaulters in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
|Percentage of all sentenced receptions||30.7 per cent.||27.2 per cent.|
|Percentage of receptions sentenced up to six months||48.3 per cent.||41.5 per cent.|
(1) Provisional figures.
How many male and how many female fine defaulters were received into prison in 1993 and 1994 respectively and, of these, how many had originally been convicted of (a) motoring offences, (b) theft and
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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 asking how many male and how many female fine defaulters were received into prison in 1993 and 1994 respectively and, of these, how many had originally been convicted of (a) motoring offences, (b) theft and handling, (c) drunkenness, and (d) non-payment of television licences.
|Theft and handling||3,802||265||2,341||186|
|Using a TV without a licence||547||278||503||260|
(1) Provisional figures. The 1994 figures for types of offence are affected by a larger "not recorded" component.