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Lord Simon of Highbury: In the Mansion House speech on June 12 the Chancellor said that the new Monetary Policy Committee had already shown it was prepared to take action to keep inflation under control.
Lord Simon of Highbury: Where former members of Lloyd's have reinsured their 1992 and prior liabilities with Equitas, any claims from policyholders will be met from the assets which have been transferred to Equitas for that purpose. Where such former members have additionally reinsured all their outstanding liabilities from subsequent years through Lloyd's, it will be for the appropriate ongoing members of Lloyd's to meet relevant claims. Only in the unexpected event of Equitas or, where applicable, Lloyd's, failing to pay such claims in full might there be a call on the personal funds of former Names.
The exercise of the Secretary of State's powers under Part II of the Insurance Companies Act 1982 in relation to former members of Lloyd's must be seen in that context. For the time being, the Secretary of State will maintain a record of the addresses of such former members. However, for so long as the relevant reinsurance arrangements continue in force and the claims against policies underwritten by former members' are being paid in full, I do not consider it necessary for the protection of policyholders for the Secretary of State to impose any further regulatory requirements upon, or take any further action against, former members of the Society.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Staffing statistics are compiled at 30 June and 31 December each year. The number of probation officers working in prisons in England and Wales in June 1995 was 645 and in June 1996 was 586. Figures for 1997 are not yet available.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Government have studied the report entitled Refugees and Criminal Justice and noted its contents. The Prison Service is currently reviewing its guidance on immigration detainees and has taken these recommendations into account.
Lord Donoughue: My honourable friend the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked for a review to be conducted of the exemption from Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 of premises slaughtering fewer than 10,000 birds per year.
As part of that review, he will be seeking urgent advice from the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) on the health risks associated with the continued sale of New York Dressed (NYD) and effile poultry from unlicensed premises.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): While the Government accept that sticky traps are not an ideal form of rodent control, they are needed under certain, limited circumstances, such as to control pests in food premises. An industry code of practice makes it clear that sticky traps should only be used as a last resort where other forms of control have failed.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits the release of animals not ordinarily resident in Great Britain in a wild state. The wild boar qualifies as such an animal.
Feral boar do not at present pose a notifiable disease threat because Great Britain is free of Classical Swine Fever. In response to reports of the presence of feral wild boar, the Government have engaged in a risk assessment exercise.
Baroness Hayman: The information requested on these highly specialised chemicals is not readily available. The effects on human health will depend very much on how they are manufactured and used and the level and route of exposure. The noble Countess has asked for information about the manufacture and use of these chemicals in a separate Parliamentary Question and that information should provide a basis for a more detailed reply. I will write to the noble Countess in due course.
Baroness Hayman: I hope to make an announcement shortly about proposals to involve local authorities in checking vehicle emissions at the roadside. The proposals will be subject to public consultation and parliamentary approval. We will naturally take account of the views of others in finalising our proposals, although we will also need to ensure that we do not undermine the whole purpose of the scheme.
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