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Pakistan: Diplomatic and Consular Representation

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The diplomatic and consular representation in Pakistan for 1985 and 1995 is shown below:


ABM Treaty

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The content of any such discussions would remain confidential to the governments concerned.

Former Yugoslavia: Lifting of Arms Embargo

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave him on 14 December 1995 at col. WA 115.

Former Yugoslavia: Command Chains

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: All American troops in the Bosnian Implementation Force (IFOR) will be under the direction and political control of the North Atlantic Council through the NATO chain of command.

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American forces also participate in the United Nations Preventative Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. UNPREDEP operates under a UN chain of command.

Bosnia: Arms Provision

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it is intended that any international organisations will be involved in implementing President Clinton's recent undertaking given to the United States Congress to secure the arming of the Bosnians; and if so, who will bear the cost.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are not aware of any proposal that an international organisation should be involved in the arming and training of the Bosnians.

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Turkish Government has undertaken to assist in the arming of the Bosnians in accordance with President Clinton's undertaking given to the United States Congress; and if so, whether Turkey's undertaking has been agreed by NATO.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are not aware of any Turkish undertaking to assist in arming the Bosnians.

Hyperbaric Chambers

Lord Ironside asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many hyperbaric chamber facilities are available in the United Kingdom for use by divers and what proportion of these are located on-shore.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): This information is not available.

Berkshire Local Government Reorganisation Costs

Lord Colnbrook asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the aggregate of the bids made by the county council and district councils in Berkshire for supplementary credit approvals to cover their estimates of the transitional costs of the local government reorganisation proposed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and how does this compare with the estimate of the Local Government Commission for England.

Earl Ferrers: The aggregate of the bids for 1996-97 made by the county council and district councils in Berkshire is £16,341,000, of which £5,604,000 is from the county council. The Local Government Commission made no estimates for the structure proposed.

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Water Charges and Rateable Values

Lord Sefton of Garston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether water authorities are required by law to discontinue charging on rateable value by the year 2000 for all customers, and if so by what statute or regulation.

Earl Ferrers: Under Section 145 of the Water Industry Act 1991, water companies are prohibited from using rateable values as a basis of charging for water beyond 31 March 2000. However, on 4 April 1994, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment announced that the legislation would be amended, at a suitable opportunity, to enable companies to continue the use of rateable values after that date.

EC Habitats Directive: Further SAC Proposals

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will be sending further candidate Special Areas of Conservation to the European Commission under the EC Habitats Directive.

Earl Ferrers: As indicated in my right honourable friend the Secretary of State's written reply to my honourable friend the Member for Taunton on 20 June 1995, a second list of candidate Special Areas of Conservation would be sent to the European Commission once points raised in the public consultation launched on 31 March had been considered and satisfactorily resolved. That list, which consists of 75 sites, including a first tranche of 10 marine sites, was sent to the Commission on 8 January.

Further sites will be forwarded to the Commission when the remaining points raised during consultation have been fully considered. Particular attention is being given to addressing general concerns raised by consultees about the possible designation of marine sites.

The list of sites sent to the Commission is as follows:

Asby ComplexEngland
Avon Gorge WoodlandsEngland
Bath and Bradford on Avon BatsEngland
Braunton BurrowsEngland
Burry Inlet: Saltmarsh and Estuary/Cilfach Burry: Cors heli ac AberWales
Cardigan Bay/Bae CeredigionWales
Carn nan Tri-TighearnanScotland
Clyde Valley WoodsScotland
Coll MachairScotland
Conon IslandsScotland
Cotswold BeechwoodsEngland
Dornoch Firth and Morrich MoreScotland
Downton GorgeEngland
Drigg CoastEngland
Duddon MossesEngland
Dunkeld--Blairgowrie LochsScotland
Ensor's PoolEngland
Epping ForestEngland
Fenn's, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney MossesEngland/Wales
Flamborough HeadEngland
Flow CountryScotland
Folkestone to Etchinghill EscarpmentEngland
Fontmell and Melbury DownsEngland
Gower Commmons/Tiroedd Comin GwyrWales
Isles of Scilly ComplexEngland
Lleyn Peninsula and Sarnau/Pen Llyn a'r SarnauWales
Loch Etive WoodsScotland
Loch Lomond WoodsScotland
Loch Maree ComplexScotland
Lower Derwent ValleyEngland
MagilliganN. Ireland
Mells ValleyEngland
Moine MohrScotland
Mole Gap to Reigate EscarpmentEngland
Moor House--Upper TeasdaleEngland
Morecambe Bay PavementsEngland
MurloughN. Ireland
North Meadow and Clattinger FarmEngland
North Norfolk Coast and Gibraltar Point DunesEngland
Orfordness--Shingle StreetEngland
Ouse WashesEngland
Peak District DalesEngland
Penhale DunesEngland
Rannoch MoorScotland
Rhidorroch WoodsScotland
Rodborough CommonEngland
Ronas Hill--North RoeScotland
Roudsea Wood and MossesEngland
Roydon Common and Dersingham BogEngland
Salisbury PlainEngland
Sandwich BayEngland
Sefton CoastEngland
Sidmouth to West BayEngland
South Dartmoor WoodsEngland
South HamsEngland
St. Alban's Head to Durlston HeadEngland
Strangford LoughN. Ireland
Strathglass ComplexScotland
Studland DunesEngland
The BroadsEngland
The LizardEngland
Tintagel--Marsland--Clovelly CoastEngland
Tiree MachairScotland
Torrs Warren--Luce SandsScotland
Waveney and Little Ouse Valley FensEngland
Winterton--Horsey DunesEngland
Wormley Hoddesdonpark WoodsEngland
Wye Valley Woodlands/Coetiroedd Dyffryn GwyEngland/Wales
Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Bat Sites/Safloedd Ystlumod Dyffryn Gwy a Fforest DdenaEngland/Wales

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HMSO Supply and Service Agreement

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked the Chairman of Committees:

    Further to his Answer of 12 December (WA 106), what are the reasons why the new Supply and Service Agreement with HMSO will not enable Members of both Houses to obtain Hansard CD-ROM without charge.

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The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The Supply and Service Agreement sets out the terms under which HMSO agrees to supply the House with printing and publishing services. The question whether the House should buy archive copies of Hansard on CD-ROM for supply to Members free of charge is a matter for the House.

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