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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): I announced on 14th December that final bids for NRI were being invited from three groups. Two final bids were received. Following detailed consideration of these in relation to the Government's objectives for the transfer, I have decided to give preferred bidder status to a Consortium of the University of Edinburgh, University of Greenwich, Imperial College of Science and Technology and Medicine and Wye College of the University of London. Subject to the satisfactory conclusion of negotiations, I intend that NRI should transfer to the new owners as soon as practicable.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: An official of our Consulate-General in Istanbul will attend the trial of Yasar Kemal on 7th March. We shall follow the proceedings closely. The Turkish Prime Minister assured Members of the European Parliament in December 1995 of a commitment to continuing reform and to progress towards the fullest possible political rights and liberties, and acknowledged that further progress was needed. We will urge the new government, when it is in place, to sustain this commitment, and act to encourage greater freedom of expression in Turkey.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Dayton Agreement permits training of Bosnian forces to begin at any time. Non-lethal equipment and light arms may be supplied to them after March 14th; heavy equipment may be supplied after June 12th. The types and quantities of equipment which the parties may hold will be governed by the outcome of the negotiations on sub-regional arms control under Article IV of the Dayton Agreement. In the absence of agreement by June 6th, the ratios laid down in Article IV governing the holding of certain categories of heavy equipment will come into effect.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The US project to equip and train forces of the Bosniac-Croat Federation will be entirely separate from NATO and the responsibilities of the NATO-led Implementation Force. NATO approval is therefore not needed.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The United States, like the United Kingdom, has provided a substantial quantity of information to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. However, neither the United States nor the United Kingdom divulges the sources of the information it provides.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Organisations were requested to submit by 31st January written responses to the Government's consultation document on the prevention of illegal working. Responses received since then have also been considered. I have placed in the Library a list of those who had responded in writing to the consultation document by noon on 20th February, together with a summary of the main points made in those responses. It is for those who responded to decide whether to make their submissions public.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): We will be issuing guidance to the National Health Service and other interested bodies tomorrow. Copies will be placed in the Library. The guidance will emphasise the legal duty of all NHS bodies and staff to protect patient confidentiality, as well as the importance of informing patients of the essential uses to which personal information, anonymised wherever possible, may be put.
2. To ensure that by 31st March 1997, 96 per cent. of existing major details is surveyed and available to customers in the National Topographic Database at any one time. The target will increase to 99 per cent. by the year 2000.
These targets, some of which are being incrementally increased, are closely associated with the key corporate aims of Ordnance Survey and demonstrate the agency's continuing commitment to customers and to improved value for money for all its stakeholders.
(a) the number of Mark I slam door passenger rolling stock and the number of other types of passenger rolling stock currently in use;
(b) the estimated date when all Mark I slam door stock will have been withdrawn from service; and
(c) the number of fatalities involving accidents in or connected with Mark I slam door rolling stock and with other types of passenger stock for the period 1985 to 1995, broken down into railway staff and passengers.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): These are now matters for the three rolling stock
leasing companies, Angel Train Contracts, Eversholt Leasing Limited and Porterbrook Leasing. However,
I understand that:
(a) as of 1st April 1995 the then British Rail leasing companies owned 2,757 Mark I vehicles and the number of other passenger rolling stock totalled 7,908.
(b) during the five years to 1st April 2000, 1,447 Mark I vehicles are scheduled to come off lease; at 1st April 2002 a further 744 Mark I vehicles are scheduled to come off lease, with leases on the remainder scheduled to terminate on 1st April 2004.
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1. From 1985 to 1990 the period covered is the calendar year 1st January to 31st December.
2. In 1991, the period covered is 1st January 1991 to 31st March 1991.
3. From 1991-92 to 1994-95, the periods covered are the financial years 1st April to 31st March.
The figures represent all train and movement fatalities to passengers and railway staff.
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