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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): I refer the noble Lord to the departmental reports of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including the Overseas Development Administration, for the years in question (Cm 2502, 2802 and 3203), in particular the sections on Manpower/Personnel and FCO Resources Overseas.
Further to the Written Answers given by Baroness Chalker of Wallasey on 16th May 1996 (WA 63) and
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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The report in question is not an FCO document and the file copy should be held in the archives of the Council of Europe. Searches into FCO records at the Public Record Office confirm that the copy of the report sent to the Foreign Office at the time has not been preserved. In accordance with standard procedure papers belonging to international organisations are not kept on British records. Colonial Office files now transferred to the Public Record Office and possibly relating to the case brought by Greece against the UK are being checked to ensure the report was not misfiled or inadvertently preserved elsewhere on Colonial Office files. I shall inform the noble Lord of the outcome of this further search as soon as possible.
|Technical Co-operation (TC)||Aid and Trade Provision (ATP)||Financial Aid (excluding ATP)||Emergency Aid||Total|
The 1995-96 figure reflects the start of expenditure on four current projects under the Aid and Trade Provision and a change to the financing arrangements for new soft loans whereby the aid element of such loans is disbursed over the lifetime of the project (usually two to three years) rather than the lifetime of the loan (25 years).
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Respect for human rights is one of a number of criteria on which decisions are taken about the allocation of British development assistance and one of the objectives which we seek to promote through the assistance we provide. In the case
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The summit organising agency, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, has declined on security grounds to publish any advance information on representation at the summit. Informal exchanges with other countries have produced no confirmed details either. If the FAO produces an official list of summit participants, we will arrange for copies of it to be placed in the Libraries of the House.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: At the World Food Summit the United Kingdom will press for the full implementation of the Uruguay Round Agreements. Under these Agreements, developed countries are required to lower their import protection, contain domestic support for agriculture and cut the use of export subsidies, while less stringent rules apply to developing countries. We will also advocate continued measures to help agriculture in developing countries. In the longer term, the Government will press for further significant agricultural trade reform, including bigger cuts in export subsidies.
|Cases referred to the Court||At least one violation found||Cases pending|
|1996 (as at 30th October)||10||2||12|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing met in July and in September. The Committee has established two sub-groups, one on genetic testing offered direct to the public and another on the issue of late onset genetic disorders.
The Chairman of the Advisory Committee, the Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne, has today written to professional, consumer, voluntary and industrial bodies requesting comments on a draft voluntary Code of Practice on Genetic Testing Offered Direct to the Public. Copies of the document have been placed in the Library.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): No, but preparation of the Bills is well advanced, and we will introduce them as soon as possible. The date of introduction of these Bills into this House depends on decisions about which House should consider the Bills first and, if they are first considered in another place, on the speed of their passage through that House.
Baroness Blatch: The Government will not be responding in detail to this report for the reasons given in the letter of 4th June 1996 from my right honourable friend the Minister of State to Sir John Cassels. As indicated in that letter, the report has made a useful contribution to the continuing debate on policing in England and Wales.
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