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Lord Donoughue: Scrapie in sheep sustains itself in the flock by sheep to sheep transmission without exposure to contaminated feed. It has done so for hundreds of years. Some cases of scrapie do therefore occur in sheep at under three years of age, even though they have not been exposed to feed containing mammalian meat and bone meal.
It is possible that, if BSE is present in the national flock, it might behave the same way, but be clinically indistinguishable from scrapie. There is as yet no evidence that BSE is present in the national flock or that BSE can transmit from one sheep to another like scrapie but we are continuing to survey scrapie cases for BSE and are studying the possibility that BSE experimentally introduced into sheep could maintain itself in the flock as scrapie does.
Lord Donoughue: The European Commission is expected to present its proposals for further reform of the CAP in March. The Government will take forward discussion of these proposals in Council as far as possible during the UK presidency.
Lord Donoughue: The Government will seek the views of farming organisations and other interested parties on Commission proposals for CAP reform as soon as they have been published and at appropriate points in the subsequent Council negotiations.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): The measures being taken at any particular time to protect our forces against biological warfare (BW) agents are based upon the prevailing operational circumstances and the latest threat assessments. For example, in 1990-91 UK troops participating in the Gulf conflict were immunised against anthrax and plague as part of the measures taken in response to Iraq's assessed BW capability. The Government have no current plans to immunise all UK service personnel against anthrax as standard practice.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): My right honourable friend has today invited the Home Office and the Island Authorities to carry out a review of the financial legislation and regulatory systems in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The purpose of this review is to assess the contribution made by the current laws and systems to the economic and social well-being of the Islands themselves, and the United Kingdom.
The review will be conducted by Mr. Andrew Edwards, formerly of Her Majesty's Treasury, who will work alongside the Constitutional Unit of the Home Office and the Island Authorities. It is expected to take about six months. Its terms of reference are: Objective
(ii) deterring, investigating and punishing financial crime, including money laundering and fiscal offences, particularly cases with an international dimension;
(iii) Registering companies;
with a view to assessing the contribution which they make to the economic and social well-being of the Islands themselves and of the United Kingdom. Areas to be Covered
Description and assessment of the current legal and institutional arrangements for licensing, supervising and regulating the full range of financial business, including banks, investment banks, other credit institutions, insurance companies, investment services companies, bureaux de change, international business companies and company registration agents and accountants and lawyers carrying on financial business (e.g., providing custody services or investment advice);
Examination of practical implementation of these activities and the resources devoted to them, in relation to the number and size of firms regulated and the nature of the business;
Arrangements for the regulatory authorities to share their own confidential information with overseas regulatory authorities, and vice versa;
Arrangements for the authorities to obtain other confidential information to assist overseas
(ii) Financial Crime (a) Money Laundering each Island's money laundering legislation; the number of suspicious transactions reports received in each Island each year and how these are dealt with; arrangements for collaboration between the Island Authorities and overseas authorities including the sharing of suspicious transactions reports; (b) Criminal Investigations collaboration between the Island Authorities and overseas authorities in investigating suspected financial crime (including fiscal offences); the willingness or otherwise of the authorities to secure prosecutions; (c) Assets and Confiscation collaboration between the Island Authorities and overseas authorities in tracing, freezing or confiscating assets held by suspected or convicted criminals based overseas.
(iii) Company registrations
each Island's legislation, systems and practices for registering companies. Consultation and Comparisons
(b) to consult Her Majesty's Treasury and others as necessary.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Every death in custody--whether the person is in the custody of the police, the Prison Service, the Armed Forces or the high security hospitals--is treated very seriously and is fully investigated to establish, amongst other things, whether there are any lessons to be learnt to prevent further deaths. All deaths in police custody are notified to the Police Complaints Authority, which supervises the investigation of all deaths where there has been a formal complaint and any evidence of suspicious circumstances.
(ii) A proposed thematic review by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons on suicides in prisons, reporting with recommendations to the Home Secretary.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): We have, today, published Circular (02/98), which provides guidance to local planning authorities on the practical measures that they can take to help prevent land in their area becoming derelict.
We believe that local authorities and developers will welcome these regulations and the advice in the circular as positive measures to help prevent and tidy up derelict sites.
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