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Written Answers

Friday, 21st May 1999.

Cigarette Lighters: Safety

Baroness Strange asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they are taking to ensure that the proposed addition to the European and international standards for lighters, of a requirement of traceability, will be effectively enforced thereby reducing the number of dangerous illegal lighters that are imported into the United Kingdom each year.[HL2329]

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Simon of Highbury): Cigarette lighters are covered by the General Product Safety Regulations 1994, which local authority trading standards departments have a statutory duty to enforce, and which provide for European standards to be taken into account in assessing the safety of a product. The DTI is actively involved in the discussions on the revised standard, which is to include a requirement for traceability. When published, this will be a relevant standard for enforcement purposes. The Government have also been working with the UK enforcement authorities in promoting the joint action being taken by enforcement authorities in Europe through PROSAFE (the Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe) to identify unsafe lighters and remove them from the market.

North Wessex Downs AONB

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have set a date for the completion and publication of the review into the North Wessex Downs status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[HL2460]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The status of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is not under review. The Countryside Agency is, however, due to undertake a landscape assessment of the area later in the summer. This will be used in the preparation of the management plan for the AONB.

Roads Used as Public Paths: Reclassification

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their policy on the Countryside Commission proposal to reclassify Roads Used as Public Paths as Byways Open to All Traffic.[HL2462]

Lord Whitty: The former Countryside Commission made this suggestion in its discussion paper, Rights of

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Way in the 21st Century, as one option for clarifying the status of Roads Used as Public Paths and relieving Highway Authorities of the task of reclassifying them individually. Subsequently, the commission submitted a number of recommendations to the Government for improving the rights of way system. The commission proposed further discussion with interested organisations before conclusions were reached on the recording and management of vehicular rights, including the future of Roads Used as Public Paths. The Government are considering the commission's recommendations and will seek further views in due course.

Fish Landings: Limiting Regulations

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there are any other French regulations similar to the regulations limiting the landing of bass in French ports limiting landings of other species; and[HL2481]

    Whether there are any United Kingdom regulations limiting the landing of any species of fish at United Kingdom ports; and [HL2482]

    Whether any other member states other than France have national regulations limiting the landings of any species of fish at ports in that country; and [HL2483]

    How they propose to inform fishermen of any national regulations in other member states of the European Union limiting the landings of fish at ports in that country.[HL2486]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The action recently taken by the French authorities under the EU's fishing market regulations to limit bass landings to five tonnes per vessel as a market management measure does not apply to other species of fish. No such restrictions are in force in the UK, nor are we aware of any similar measures in any other member state.

As and when we are informed of any future limits of this kind, we will notify them as soon as possible to the relevant industry representative organisations for onward transmission to their members.

Hormonal Growth Promoters in Cattle

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:


    (a) the scientific paper on the effects of implanting beef cattle with growth hormones, which in the mid 1980s the European Commission did not publish when the ban on implants was imposed, has subsequently been made public; and

    (b) they will place the contents of the specific paper in the Library of the House.[HL2477]

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Lord Donoughue: (a) The conclusions of the interim report of the Scientific Working Group on Anabolic Agents in Animal Production, chaired by Professor G. E. Lamming, was published as a Special Report in the Veterinary Record of 24 October 1987.

(b) Yes.


Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 23 February (WA 108-109), whether

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    cypermethrin has now received all its approvals in order to clear it for use by salmon farmers against sea lice.[HL2488]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): A Maximum Reside Limit (KRL) for cypermethrin was set by the European Commission on 7 May 1999 and a marketing authorisation was granted by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate on 10 May 1999. Discharge consents by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency are considered on an individual farm basis and, as previously indicated, a number have already been issued. In these cases, the way is now clear for the salmon producers concerned to use cypermethrin.

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