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Whether they will implement the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women: Platform for Action which called for action by governments to "Eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl child... which result in harmful and unethical practices such as prenatal sex selection...compounded by the increasing use of technologies to determine foetal sex, resulting in abortion of female foetuses"; and, if not, why not.
Baroness Cumberlege: The Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, does not permit abortion on the grounds of the sex of the foetus alone and such practices would be unlawful.
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): The information requested is as follows. Up to Saturday 13th July, out of a total of 125 sitting days in the current Session, the House of Lords has adjourned after 10 p.m. on 57 occasions. On 45 of those occasions the House of Lords sat later than the House of Commons, not including proceedings on the adjournment motion. On one occasion the House of Lords sat after 10 p.m. on a day (15th April) when the House of Commons did not sit.
|Date||Time of adjournment in House of Lords||Time House of Commons went on to adjournment|
|Wednesday 22nd November 1995||10.10 p.m.||10.29 p.m.|
|Wednesday 29th November 1995||10.51 p.m.||10.01 p.m.|
|Thursday 30th November 1995||11.45 p.m.||10.01 p.m.|
|Tuesday 9th January 1996||10.15 p.m.||10.29 p.m.|
|Wednesday 10th January 1996||11.34 p.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Thursday 11th January 1996||10.27 p.m.||6.56 p.m.|
|Tuesday 16th January 1996||11.16 p.m.||10.15 p.m.|
|Monday 22nd January 1996||10.45 p.m.||10.17 p.m.|
|Tuesday 23rd January 1996||11.58 p.m.||11.44 p.m.|
|Thursday 25th January 1996||11.00 p.m.||7.42 p.m.|
|Tuesday 30th January 1996||11.28 p.m.||11.45 p.m.|
|Tuesday 6th February 1996||10.22 p.m.||10.15 p.m.|
|Tuesday 13th February 1996||11.24 p.m.||10.10 p.m.|
|Thursday 15th February 1996||11.47 p.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Monday 26th February 1996||12.21 a.m.||10.16 p.m.|
|Wednesday 28th February 1996||12.27 a.m.||8.58 p.m.|
|Thursday 29th February 1996||11.19 p.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Monday 4th March 1996||12.36 a.m.||10.17 p.m.|
|Tuesday 5th March 1996||11.45 p.m.||10.30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 6th March 1996||10.13 p.m.||9.49 p.m.|
|Thursday 7th March 1996||10.46 p.m.||9.21 p.m.|
|Monday 11th March 1996||10.30 p.m.||10.49 p.m.|
|Thursday 14th March 1996||10.43 p.m.||7.40 p.m.|
|Tuesday 19th March 1996||10.10 p.m.||10.13 p.m.|
|Tuesday 26th March 1996||11.06 p.m.||10.14 p.m.|
|Wednesday 27th March 1996||11.15 p.m.||10.36 p.m.|
|Thursday 28th March 1996||10.45 p.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Monday 1st April 1996||11.11 p.m.||10.17 p.m.|
|Tuesday 2nd April 1996||10.25 p.m.||1.32 a.m.|
|Wednesday 3rd April 1996||10.09 p.m.||9.26 p.m.|
|Monday 15th April 1996||10.47 p.m.||not sitting|
|Wednesday 17th April 1996||10.48 p.m.||10.14 p.m.|
|Monday 22nd April 1996||10.47 p.m.||1.55 a.m.|
|Tuesday 23rd April 1996||10.45 p.m.||1.37 a.m.|
|Thursday 25th April 1996||10.14 p.m.||8.26 p.m.|
|Tuesday 30th April 1996||01.44 a.m.||11.29 p.m.|
|Thursday 2nd May 1996||10.57 p.m.||4.47 p.m.|
|Thursday 9th May 1996||10.55 p.m.||9.59 p.m.|
|Tuesday 21st May 1996||10.29 p.m.||10.49 p.m.|
|Wednesday 22nd May 1996||10.26 p.m.||8.54 p.m.|
|Wednesday 5th June 1996||10.25 p.m.||8.54 p.m.|
|Thursday 6th June 1996||11.26 p.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Tuesday 11th June 1996||11.27 p.m.||10.17 p.m.|
|Wednesday 12th June 1996||10.30 p.m.||8.11 p.m.|
|Thursday 13th June 1996||10.47 p.m.||7.51 p.m.|
|Monday 17th June 1996||12.36 a.m.||11.52 p.m.|
|Tuesday 18th June 1996||11.44 p.m.||10.14 p.m.|
|Wednesday 19th June 1996||12.01 a.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Thursday 20th June 1996||12.04 a.m.||10.00 p.m.|
|Monday 24th June 1996||01.30 a.m.||10.21 p.m.|
|Tuesday 25th June 1996||12.26 a.m.||10.12 p.m.|
|Tuesday 2nd July 1996||11.22 p.m.||11.15 p.m.|
|Wednesday 3rd July 1996||11.42 p.m.||6.45 p.m.|
|Thursday 4th July 1996||11.00 p.m.||7.42 p.m.|
|Monday 8th July 1996||12.37 a.m.||10.34 p.m.|
|Tuesday 9th July 1996||10.20 p.m.||11.51 a.m.|
|Wednesday 10th July 1996||11.23 p.m.||12.09 a.m.|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The report of A Study of the UK Economy's Requirements for People with Experience of Working at Sea commissioned jointly by the Department of Transport, the Chamber of Shipping and the Marine Society has been published today. I have placed copies of the report in the Library.
The Government have long recognised the importance of trained seafarers for defence and economic reasons and provide targeted support for Merchant Navy training, principally through the government assistance for training (GAFT) and the development of certificated seafarers (DOCS) schemes.
The Government will consider the report's findings very carefully. The shipping and related shore-based industries will also want to consider how best to meet the potential problems highlighted in the report.
Lord Lucas: The European Commission calculates that the agreement with Mauritania will cost a total of 272,050,000 ecu (approximately £220,891,523). This is made up of 266,800,000 ecu payable over a period of five years for the fishing opportunities made available,
Lord Lucas: The industries of Spain and Portugal will be the major beneficiaries of the European Community's fisheries agreement with Mauritania, in line with their traditional fishing activities in this area. The new agreement does include elements, such as pelagic licences, which may be exploited by other member states including the UK.
Lord Lucas: The current fisheries agreement between the European Community and Senegal is due to expire on 1st October 1996. A further agreement is currently being negotiated and a second round of talks was held in Brussels on 11th and 12th July. No agreement has yet been reached and a further round of negotiations will take place on 26th and 27th September.
Lord Lucas: The United Kingdom or any other member of the European Union could withdraw from the common fisheries policy, while remaining in the European Union, only if it secured the unanimous agreement of all other member states to the necessary complex range of treaty changes. The Government do not believe that it would serve the best interests of our fishing industry if the United Kingdom sought to go down this route.
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