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The impact of fishing nets on harbour porpoise populations and their demographics around British shores has yet to be fully verified. The United Kingdom is currently participating in an EU sponsored multinational project which is investigating the way in which the risk of all marine mammal by-catch varies with gear type, environmental factors and season. It is hoped that the project will develop a framework for assessing the relative costs and benefits of gear modifications and area closures for reducing by-catch.
|Abstraction licence applications rejected:||24||12|
|Abstraction licences withdrawn: (includes expired, revoked and voluntarily withdrawn licences)||458||363|
|Abstraction licences modified: (includes licences where succession rights were exercised)||609||694|
The number of rejections is small because applicants are advised of likely rejection prior to formal application. Applicants may then decide not to proceed to avoid incurring advertising and application expenses.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): Available information on all power stations in the United Kingdom over 1 MW is published in the Energy Report 1996. Appendix 2 gives basic details of the company name, the station name, the fuel, the capacity and the year of commissioning, and the department is currently in the process of updating it. Detail of acreage occupied by power stations is not available.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: On 10 April 1996, the European Commission initiated a review of the anti-dumping duties imposed by Commission Decisions 67/94/ECSC and 1751/94/ECSC (and also 55/96/ECSC covering the Czech Republic). The review will assess the state of the EU pig iron market and the impact on it of the duties, as the basis for a decision on whether or not they should be prolonged. When consulted about the original imposition of the duties, a majority of member states--including the UK--opposed them because the Commission had failed to take account of user interests. However, under the ECSC treaty, the Commission has sole competence to impose or prolong anti-dumping measures on ECSC products.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: When Sir Leon Brittan announced the imposition of the current, provisional anti-dumping duties on cotton greycloth on 21 November 1996, he committed the Commission to carrying out a full assessment of their likely effects on users of the product in the EU textile finishing industry. The results of the assessment have only recently been put to member states as the basis for a decision on whether the duties should be made definitive. That decision will be taken by a simple majority vote of member states. The Government will vote against any proposal for definitive duties and will encourage others to do so as well.
In addition, the Government accepted the specialist workforce advisory group's recommendation to increase the number of higher specialist trainees in 1997-98 by a total of 850; £4.5 million will fund a minimum of 250 new training placements in the priority specialties which include psychiatry (mental illness), forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy. We are also working closely with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to take forward a range of initiatives to improve the recruitment and retention of psychiatrists. We shall be publishing shortly the report of a joint working party and the proceedings of a conference between the NHS Executive and the Royal College, held in November 1996, where my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health outlined a series of plans to increase the numbers of psychiatrists.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Persons requiring a car for official Government business, and who regularly work unsocial hours or are disabled, are permitted to park on the Mall North Horseride. Departments are responsible for considering
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The current application forms expire on
14 April 1997. Revised versions of the six existing forms have been prescribed together with a new form for those applying for an extension of stay or indefinite leave to remain following the refusal of asylum. These will be valid until 14 April 1998. From today until
14 April 1997 applications may be made on either the newly prescribed forms or the existing versions. Only the newly prescribed versions may be used for applications made on or after 15 April 1997. The new forms will be available shortly from the Application Forms Unit (0181 760 2233) and copies have been placed in the Library.
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