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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The Government published the response to the Committees' Report (HC 225) on Friday 14 July. It was published as a Command Paper at 12 pm and copies are available in the Vote Office and in the Printed Paper Office in the House of Lords.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Written Answer given by Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale gave details of the equipment provided to the Sierra Leone army; and said the provision of further equipment was being considered. The Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean gave details of this further equipment.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: In accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1171 (1998), we notified the United Nations Sanctions Committee at the time of the export of the equipment listed in the Written Answer by Baroness Ramsey of Cartvale.
The export from the UK of the equipment described in the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean has now been notified to the United Nations Sanctions Committee, following formal agreement for the shipment from the ECOWAS Secretariat.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: All four declared possessor states are currently compliant with their obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Russia faces a challenging target for the next destruction deadline in April 2002. It would be premature at the present time to speculate on its prospects of meeting it.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The site is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Following a programme of archaeological evaluation and geophysical survey funded by English Heritage, discussions about the long-term management are now taking place between English Heritage and the site's owners. In the meantime, the depth of ploughing will be limited to ensure that the archaeological deposits are safeguarded.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Mr Alan Howarth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will represent the United Kingdom at the the informal meeting of European Culture and Audiovisual Ministers in Lille. Ministers
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Copies of the updated Statement of Funding Policy, which sets out the funding arrangements for the devolved administrations, have today been placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The use of parts of St James's Park in connection with the Royal Military Tattoo 2000 (RMT 2000) has been arranged with the full permission of the Royal Parks, granted at ministerial level. The park provides space to house support facilities required for the event which are not available on Horse Guards Parade. The RMT 2000 project team work closely with Royal Parks, Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police to ensure that health and safety regulations are adhered to, and that inconvenience to the public is kept to a minimum. The Royal Parks have granted the Ministry of Defence (MoD) permission to use Horse Guards Parade and allotted areas of St James's Park in return for a licence fee. In addition, MoD is responsible for fair and reasonable reinstatement costs in respect of any damage which can be attributed to RMT 2000's use of those areas.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Further to the statement of the Home Secretary on 10 March 1998 (Official Report, 10 March 1998, col. 133) that he would not order the extradition of Roisin McAliskey to Germany, the Crown Prosecution Service, in accordance with this country's obligations under Article 7 of the European Covention on the Suppression of Terrorism, has considered whether to prosecute Roisin McAliskey in this country for the offences allegedly committed in Germany in relation to the Osnabruck bombing of 28 June 1996.
The test applied by the Crown Prosecution Service is the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors that applies to all prosecutions in England and Wales--namely, that a prosecution will only be commenced or proceeded with if there is sufficient evidence to afford a realistic prospect of conviction and that prosecution is in the public interest.
The Crown Prosecution Service, having taken the advice of Senior Treasury Counsel, has concluded that there is not a realistic prospect of convicting Miss McAliskey for any offence arising out of the Osnabruck bombing. It has reached that conclusion having taken into account the available evidence and
It is not usual for the Law Officers to make announcements concerning consideration of individual cases. In this instance, the Home Secretary in a written reply (Official Report, 20 March 1998, col. 742) said that this matter would be considered for prosecution in the United Kingdom. It is right that the House should be informed of the outcome of those considerations.
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