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Whether they have considered the proposal at the conciliation phase of an amendment to the draft Incineration of Waste Directive to re-introduce the exemption for the incineration of animal carcasses in small rural incinerators.[HL2421]
Lord Whitty: The European Commission working papers, the first of which was issued in 1994, and the subsequent formal Commission proposal for a waste incineration Directive of October 1998, excluded burning of certain waste by reference to Directive 75/442/EEC. Animal carcasses were among the wastes excluded but only if they were already covered by other legislation. The Council's Common Position text does the same. The Government's view is that environmental standards for animal carcass incineration are not covered by any other Community legislation and that, as was the case at earlier stages, animal carcass incinerators are therefore not excluded from the scope of the incineration proposal Common Position.
The Council is currently considering the European Parliament's amendments to the Common Position, including those affecting the scope, at official level. Council's rules of procedure do not allow me to comment on the detail of those discussions. No decisions have been taken by the Council in relation to the European Parliament's amendments. We will keep the House informed in the usual way.
Lord Whitty: The Memorial Gates will not create a traffic obstruction. The work to the road layout at the junction of Constitution Hill with Hyde Park Corner has been carried out with the proposed gates in mind and there should therefore be a minimum of disruption to traffic when the gates are in place.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The provision of intensive care and high dependency services was reviewed recently by the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland and the report is now available. I shall arrange for a copy to be sent to the noble Lord.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has a remit for the NHS in England and Wales. Parallel arrangements for the production and dissemination of guidelines for the Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland have still to be finalised.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): My right honourable friend the Home Secretary is pleased to announce that Mr John Scampion has agreed to serve as the Immigration Services Commissioner and Mrs Linda Allan has agreed to serve as the Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner. Mr Scampion will be appointed from 22 May and Mrs Allan from 5 June. Mr Scampion is currently the Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a member of the Data Protection Tribunal. Mrs Allan is a member of the Police Complaints Authority.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: My honourable friend the Minister of State at the Home Office (Mr Clarke) wrote on 19 May to the bodies represented on the Police Negotiating Board, and the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales, for comments on how we can improve the effectiveness with which these bodies carry out their functions. This is in accordance with Sections 61 and 63 of the Police Act 1996, which provide that these bodies will be constituted in accordance with such arrangements, made after consultation with the relevant bodies, as appear to the Secretary of State to be satisfactory.
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