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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): It is not for us to comment on the detail of a statement reflecting discussions between the Presidents of the United States and Russia. The Trident System will provide the United Kingdom with a credible minimum deterrent against all foreseeable developments well into the next century.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The statement issued by Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin was the result of bilateral contacts between the United States and the Russian Federation. It did not refer to any wider multilateral agreement.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The passages quoted by the noble Lord refer to proposals for confidence-building measures in the context of a bilateral treaty, to which the United Kingdom is not party. We continue to monitor these developments and are in close touch with the United States. But it would not be appropriate for us to seek to interpret these statements or to comment publicly on their possible implications for third parties.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have no plans to hold discussions in the Middle East on this subject. Defence co-operation between the United States and Israel and between the United States and Saudi Arabia are matters for the governments concerned.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): I wrote to the Chief Executive of the Employment Service on 13 June to ask him to review the level of course fees in guidance that employment officers use to help them when considering whether to question a person's availability for employment and to refer the case to an independent adjudication officer. He has agreed to raise the threshold from £100 to £250.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Front, rear and side marker lamps are required to be kept lit between sunset and sunrise or in conditions of seriously reduced visibility. There are no plans to require them to be lit at other times.
Viscount Goschen: No. The Information Memorandum contains commercially confidential information, the disclosure of which would be prejudicial to the sale process and the laboratory's competitive position. The document has been prepared for the information of possible bidders and will be made available to a bidder only on signature of a confidentiality undertaking.
Viscount Goschen: Yes, copies have now been placed in the Library. The map showing existing and proposed motorway service areas which was enclosed with my letter is currently being updated; a copy of that, too, will be placed in the Library shortly.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): In his answer of 18 January 1994 in another place to the honourable Member for Langbaurgh [Official Report, vol 235, col 581582], my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment said that he had accepted in principle that the County of Cleveland should be abolished, but deferred a final decision until he had reached decisions on the Commission's recommendations for Durham and North Yorkshire. In the light of his decisions on those two counties, and following consultation, he has now confirmed his decision that the County of Cleveland should be abolished. He has also decided that, for ceremonial and related purposes, the county area north of
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