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The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): British service personnel are currently deployed in the Middle East in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Food supplies for these personnel are procured under local arrangements. Her Majesty's Government have not banned the provision of pork to British military personnel serving in the Middle East or in any other theatre of operation but abide by the requirements of the host nation. The import of pork is not permitted in Bahrain, Kuwait or Saudi Arabia on religious grounds and is therefore not available to our personnel.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Independent Panel on Vaccines Interactions Research is chaired by Professor Donald Davies, Director of Clinical Pharmacology, Imperial College School of Medicine. The other panel members are: Professor J E Banatvala, recently retired from the Department of Virology, St Thomas's Hospital, London; Professor P Beverley, The Edward Jenner Institute for Vaccine Research; Dr J Bird, Burden Neurological Hospital; Dr A Boylston, Molecular Medical Unit, St James's Hospital Leeds; Dr P Fawcett, Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Newcastle; Professor A Grossman, Department of Endocrinology, St Bartholomew's Hospital; Professor Malcolm Hooper, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Sunderland; Dr Ian Kimber, Central Toxicology Laboratories Zeneca Ltd; Dr Norman Jones, Royal British Legion, London; Professor Stafford Lightman, Department of Medicine, Bristol Royal Infirmary; Dr Christopher Martyn, MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton; Dr Elizabeth Miller, Communicable Diseases Surveillance Centre, Colindale; Dr David Ray, Centre for Mechanisms of Human Toxicity, University of
In order to avoid a conflict of interest, Dr Schild is not present at any discussions on NIBSC participation in the vaccines interactions programme. Professor Hooper and Dr Jones were nominated to the panel by Gulf veterans acting through the Royal British Legion.
What is the normal practice for the administration of immunoglobulins in conjunction with other vaccines, particularly live vaccines; and whether this practice was complied with when members of HM Armed Forces were treated prior to and during Operation Granby.[HL468]
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Ministry of Defence currently follows the guidance provided by the Department of Health (DOH) in its booklet: Immunisation against Infectious Disease; 1996. This guidance is communicated throughout the Department as part of Joint Service Publication (JSP) 311, the Joint Services Manual of Immunological Procedures. Chapter 7 of the DOH booklet discusses indications and contraindications. The guidance given is as follows:
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Proposals for research into the possible adverse effects of the co-administration of anthrax and pertussis vaccines in mice to be undertaken at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC) were agreed by the Independent Panel on Vaccines Interactions Research at a meeting on 30 March 1999. The work is expected to begin in June 2000 and take about two years to complete.
The commencement of work has been subject to delay because the Independent Panel suggested changes to the original protocol prepared by NIBSC, in view of the results from preliminary work undertaken at the DERA Chemical and Biological Defence site at Porton Down. This resulted in NIBSC submitting an amended protocol in July 1999. There
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We are not aware of any British firm being excluded from any formal competition or tender process for future military equipment orders from Chile. As my noble friend Lord Hoyle indicated in his Answer to the noble Lord on 11 January (Official Report, col. WA5), the defence export market is a long-term one and it remains difficult to make a measured assessment about the extent of any impact following the arrest of General Pinochet.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Chilean Government has not informed us of any restrictions on visits by Royal Navy ships to Chilean ports, or of any restrictions on access to berthing facilities.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The British Defence Doctrine publication formally defines operations as "A military action or the carrying out of a strategic, tactical, service, training, or administrative military mission; the process of carrying on combat, including movement, supply, attack, defence and manoeuvre needed to gain the objectives of any battle or campaign". On a day-to-day basis we would nomally consider operations to cover a range of military activities which British Defence Doctrine lists as ranging from combat, through deterrence, support to diplomacy, peace-keeping, peace enforcement, home defence, military aid to the civil authorities and non-combatant evacuations, to humanitarian aid.
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