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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: We are committed to ensuring that regulations are simple, helpful and fair. We aim to deliver responsible and responsive regulation for business, particularly small firms, and the citizen. My right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has appointed Chris Haskins to chair a new Better Regulation Task Force and the Deregulation Unit has similarly been renamed the Better Regulation Unit to reflect the fact that our priority is to get regulation right.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government have no plans for legislation to prevent such action. The terms of the Museum Registration Scheme operated by the Museums and Galleries Commission strictly control any disposals. The Museums and Galleries Commission has also issued guidelines on the legal status of museum collections in the United Kingdom and on the safeguard of items within them.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I am aware that the statutory provision referred to has the effect of providing that the fixing of charges in respect of entry to national museums or libraries is subject to the consent of the Irish Parliament. The statutory position in the United Kingdom is that responsibility for deciding whether to charge for admission at the national museums and galleries rests with the Trustees of the institutions. The Government have no plans to change this through legislation.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): Taking Nerve Agent Pretreatment Set (NAPS) tablets could be expected to provide considerable protection against exposure to nerve agents, which is why they were issued to British Forces during the Gulf War.
Lord Gilbert: The principle of developing a weapon employing only pure fusion has not, as far as we are aware, been proven feasible. The UK is not conducting any research on this and we have no plans to do so. Our understanding is that, were such weapons to be developed, their testing would be prohibited by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Were it possible to effect the complete fusion of 0.1 grammes of deuterium-tritium, then it would produce a yield equivalent of up to 8 tonnes of high explosive.
Whether small fusion explosions ignited by laser or particle beam driven implosions are permitted under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Lord Gilbert: We believe pure fusion explosions would be prohibited under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Experiments involving controlled thermonuclear fusion, such as those with lasers or particle beam accelerators, do not constitute an explosion and are not prohibited by the Treaty. These experiments are important to civil nuclear research into future energy sources, and to the responsible management of nuclear weapon stockpiles over time in the absence of nuclear testing.
(a) salaries, allowances and NI contributions;
(b) all office costs and charges;
|Grade 7||5.5 (reducing to 5 during FY 1997-98)|
|HEO level||10 (increasing up to 11 during FY 1997-98)|
|AO||11 (reducing to 8 during FY 1997-98)|
|AA||2 (increasing to 4 during FY 1997-98)|
|The estimated staff and office costs for FY 1997-98 are as follows:|
|Staff Costs||£ million|
|Rent and utilities are not paid, as the agency occupies part of the Civil Estate.|
Lord Gilbert: The Government have no information concerning the totality of blood samples taken from British troops during the Gulf War, nor is it clear how many personnel were vaccinated with anthrax and pertussis. However, it is known that 216 blood samples were specifically collected by the Royal Army Medical Corps at stages during the anti-biological warfare immunisation programme, which include the use of anthrax and pertussis. They were sent to the then Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down and tested. What remains of these samples following that assessment is currently in storage at CBD Porton Down.
Lord Gilbert: The United Kingdom's Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) carried out by a consortium led by British Aerospace, examined options, costs and timescales of potential BMD systems for both UK national needs and those of deployed forces. Its conclusions, together with those of other studies, are currently being assessed in the context of the Strategic Defence Review. The UK continues to support work within NATO on the potential threat from both ballistic and cruise missiles.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Richard): No. There is no obligation to declare those interests in the Register of Lords' Interests. Declaration of interests when speaking in the House is a matter for the Lord concerned.
Lord Richard: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has issued to colleagues a successor document to Questions of Procedure for Ministers called the Ministerial Code--a Code of Conduct and Guidance on Procedures for Ministers. I expect all Ministers to work within the letter and spirit of this code, in order to uphold the highest standards of honesty and propriety which the British people fairly expect of those in public life. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
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