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Meat and Bone Meal Imports from Africa

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether meat and bone meal was imported from Africa between 1970 and 1985; and if so, what was the amount and origin of the imports.

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Lord Donoughue: Separate data on the imports of meat and bone meal are not available. For the period requested, data on meat and bone meal were collected under the Combined Nomenclature of 'Greaves; flours and meals, of meat, offals, fish, crustaceans or molluscs, unfit for human consumption'. The following table is compiled from the Official Overseas Trade Statistics.

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UK imports of Greaves; flours and meals of meat, offals, fish, crustaceans or molluscs unfit, for human consumption(43) From Africa 1970-1985 (tonnes) as recorded in Official Overseas Trade Statistics.

Ivory Coast----------------
Portuguese East Africa----472----------
South Africa--------8,05910,0222,465202
Republic of South Africa73,56039,53519,61925,634--------
South West Africa--------14,79713,972322--
South West Africa Territories89,18213,78050,22123,313--------

Ivory Coast--550------------
Portuguese East Africa----------------
South Africa435336----------
Republic of South Africa----------------
South West Africa----------------
South West Africa Territories----------------

(43) Meat and bone meal are not specifically identified in the Combined Nomenclature. The classification used is that which approximates most closely with meat and bone meal.

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Minister Without Portfolio

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    With which journalists and other representatives of the media the Minister without Portfolio, Mr. Mandelson, has had meetings since 1 May.

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Richard): The Minister without Portfolio does not propose to disclose the details of conversations, meetings or other engagements undertaken in pursuance of his duties as Minister without Portfolio.

Government Policies

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether their policies are designed to bring about a socialist society.

Lord Richard: Our policies are designed to deliver the promises we set before the people at the General Election.

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Cabinet Committee Proceedings

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in pursuit of their policies for open government, they will publish a full record of the proceedings of the Cabinet Committee chaired by the Prime Minister and which includes members of Opposition parties.

Lord Richard: In accordance with long standing practice, papers or other information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet Committees are not made public.

House of Lords

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will set out the criteria by which they judge whether a vote in the House of Lords contrary to the advice of Ministers is allowable, illegitimate or unconstitutional.

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Lord Richard: The Government will consider their response to any vote in the House of Lords on its merits.

Creation of Life Peers

Lord Dean of Beswick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In the light of the reply by the Lord Privy Seal on 22 July (WA 151), whether the Prime Minister will take account of the imbalance between the parties in

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    the number of creations when he makes any future nominations.

Lord Richard: Her Majesty's Government is of the view that no one political party should seek a majority in this House. Our plans to remove the right of the hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House will still leave an imbalance in party representation. Following the removal of the hereditary peers, we have made it clear that, over the course of this Parliament we will seek to move to a House where those peers who take a party whip more accurately reflect the proportion of votes received by each party in the previous general election.

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