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What is the cost of each (a) lapel badge and (b) tie issued to the staff of the Attendants' office, and how many have been made; and
Who designed the lapel badge and tie issued to the staff of the Attendants' office; and
Who decided on the uniform changes in the Attendants' office, when, and for what reasons.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): At its meeting on 5th March 1996 the Administration and Works Sub-Committee approved a proposal that the corps of Attendants should be provided with new uniforms in line with recommendations made by the Staff Adviser when he carried out a Review of the Attendants. The aim of the new uniforms is to improve the image and morale of the Attendants.
At the meeting of the Sub-Committee each variation of the uniform was worn by an Attendant and shown to the Sub-Committee, as were examples of tie and badge design. The latter were designed by Black Rod's Department in consultation with the manufacturer.
|(a) Principal Attendants|
|Uniforms, complete @ £389.64 X 3||1,168.92|
|(b) Senior Attendants and Attendants|
|Uniform, complete @ £329 X 12||3,948.00|
|Uniform, complete @ £359.64||4,315.68|
|Each attendant @ £688.64 X 12||8,263.68|
|(c) Grand Total||9,432.60|
|Cost of Badges included in "complete" uniforms above:|
|Minimum order X 100||494.00|
|Plus VAT and postageTotal|
|Cost of Ties included in "complete" uniforms above:|
|Minimum order X 107||502.90|
|Plus VAT and postageTotal|
The Royal Commission made 352 recommendations. The Government have accepted, wholly or in part. 204 recommendations and 58 remain under consideration in the light of other initiatives and developments. The Government have decided not to implement 46 recommendations. The remaining 44 recommendations are not primarily for the Government but the response indicates the action which the Government understand has been taken on them.
Baroness Blatch: A Commencement Order has been made which will bring into effect on 1st July 1996. Section 149 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. This will establish the Board as an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body. The statutory functions of the board will not be affected; the changes are essentially administrative and will make the board more accountable for its performance. A copy of the board's management statement and the financial memorandum will be placed in the Library.
Lord Lucas: Commission Decision 96/239/EC of 27th March 1996 provided that the UK shall not export from its territory meat and meat products obtained from bovine animals slaughtered in the UK. The list of countries outside the European Union given below, shows those countries with a ban on imports of British beef on the day before the introduction of the Commission Decision. The month and year when the bans commenced are shown where available.
|Importing country||Date of ban|
|Kazakhstan (CIS)||August 1993|
|Russian Federation||September 1993|
|Saudi Arabia||September 1990|
|United Arab Emirates||August 1990|
The US has not accepted imports of bone in beef from Britain since 1989. After 1989, negotiations concentrated on securing access to US markets for boneless beef, which were successfully concluded in July 1994. Negotiations continue on securing wider access to the US markets, although in regular discussions with representatives of industry the US has not been identified as a priority market for the export of beef.
Responsibility for pursuing action through the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to secure the removal of unjustified BSE-related restrictions on UK exports and on those of other EU member states rests exclusively with the European Commission (as with all matters relating to trade outside the EU). Action has already been started by the Commission against certain countries who have imposed bans on dairy products from various EU member states.
Lord Lucas: It is already a statutory requirement to list ingredients of compound animal feeds either by category or in full. The Government welcome the recent announcement that the major feed compounders are to switch from declaring categories of ingredient to full ingredient listing for most compound feeds. The position is being monitored and further action will be taken if necessary.
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