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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: All the Dependent Territories are introducing anti-money laundering legislation, equivalent to that in the UK, which mandates the reporting of suspicious transactions. All but two of the Dependent Territories with offshore banking systems have already implemented the 1988 UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, which allows them to co-operate with foreign drugs investigations. The remaining two are doing so. We are encouraging all Dependent Territories to work towards the early introduction of legislation equivalent to the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act, which would extend co-operation to all criminal investigations.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): I refer the noble and learned Lord to the answer I gave him on 31st October. As an executive agency of the Cabinet Office (Office of Public Service), the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate (PACE) has no legal personality separate from the Crown. As an emanation of the Crown, PACE may enter into contracts, acquire and dispose of land and interests in land, and enforce rights on behalf of the Crown without any further statutory authority. The agency's framework document incorporates instructions which the responsible Minister is entitled to give, but it is not a document which is legally enforceable.
Departments wishing to establish a workplace nursery must be able to justify it in terms of value for money and contain the cost within existing running costs. Parents wishing to use any of these schemes are normally required to make a contribution to the costs comparable to private sector schemes.
Nationally, 53 Civil Service nurseries and about 120 school holiday playschemes have been established. In addition, the Civil Service is in partnership with other organisations in 22 more nurseries and buys places in 16 further nurseries.
Earl Howe: The harmful effects of large doses of organophosphate products are already well known and documented. The Government also receive reports of the rare incidents involving such high levels of exposure resulting from the accidental mishandling of these products. Research into this area is therefore not needed. My department is in touch with the French authorities about the use of pesticides in the Gulf War. MoD officials were in contact with Professor Spencer in mid-1995 on his proposal for a US-funded research project. My department is not aware of having received any specific advice from Professor Spencer.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The twelve osteopathic members and three of the education members of the General Osteopathic Council (a fourth education member is appointed by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment) were selected from among those nominated by the following osteopathic organisations, which exercise a registering function and are understood to have close ties with the training institutions: British Osteopathic Association; British and European Osteopathic Association; College of Osteopaths; General Council and Register of Osteopaths; Guild of Osteopaths; Natural Therapeutic and Osteopathic Society. These organisations were identified by the King's Fund Working Party on Osteopathy, in its 1991 report, as being all the main osteopathic bodies in the United Kingdom with a registering function, as derived from an earlier 1989 report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on the services of professionally regulated osteopaths. The members were selected on the basis of individual merit and relevant experience, and the particular skills they could bring to the new council. They were chosen as ambassadors for the whole profession and not as representatives of any particular organisation or group.
The eight lay members of the General Osteopathic Council were selected, on the basis of individual merit and relevant skills, from the nominations received from a wide range of national organisations in the field of health, business, law, consumer interests and from the Public Appointments Unit of the Cabinet Office.
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