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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: It is for individual countries to decide whether they will contribute to the United Nations Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for East Timor in the light of their own economic and political circumstances.
31 March in respect of national non-domestic rates.[HL86]
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tions with this department and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry recently issued a licence for the export of one military rated, ex Mod Bedford truck to ACORD, a relief organisation in the Sudan. The truck will be used to distribute seed and other humanitarian aid to help alleviate the suffering in Sudan. This decision does not affect the Government's continued support for the EU Common Position on the export of arms, munitions and military equipment to Sudan.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): London Transport aim to open the Jubilee Line station at Westminster shortly before Christmas. It is however a deep and complex station, being constructed on a constricted site. LT cannot therefore guarantee the opening date at present. We do not yet know when it will be possible to give a firm date.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): Supplementary fuel tanks have to meet the same safety standards as a vehicle's main fuel tank. There has been no assessment made of the loss of revenue or increased fire risk due to the use of supplementary fuel tanks.
Lord Whitty : Eurotunnel's policy is to carry any petrol or diesel-fuelled vehicle that is permitted on the roads in the UK and France. Similarly, the carriage of roadworthy vehicles on ferries does not breach Merchant Shipping legislation.
How many checks have been carried out at ports of entry during 1999 to detect the use of supplementary fuel tanks by drivers; and how many lorries have been detained as a result.[HL55]
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): The House of Lords website is an integral part of the United Kingdom Parliament website. Guidelines for the design and development of the Parliament website are set by officials of both Houses meeting as the group on Information Management and the Parliamentary Intranet (IMPI). Issues of principle and spending are referred to the relevant domestic committees of both Houses. The Clerk of the Journals in the House of Lords acts within the established guidelines as general editor of the Lords internet pages. Editorial control of the content of the pages is primarily the responsibility of the departments which place material on the Internet.
A proposal for a consultancy study of the design of the House of Lords website, to improve its accessibility and effectiveness, will be referred to the next meeting of the Library and Computers Sub-Committee.
The Chairman of Committees: Since October 1996, the House of Lords has had one member of staff, with a personal assistant, who, amongst other public information-related responsibilities, acts as a focus for inquiries from the media. Two other members of staff provide a telephone information service to the public, and to Members of the House, on the work, business and membership of the House.
While direct comparisons with the Scottish Parliament are not possible, I understand that the original complement of two staff responsible solely for media relations in the Scottish Parliament is to be increased to four. In terms of information activities which most nearly approximate to those of the House of Lords information services, such as the provision of briefing papers, other information material and an enquiry service, the Scottish Parliament has a staff of about 15 engaged in the provision of a public information service. This service also staffs a Visitor Centre and shop, both of which are open to the public, an education office and a switchboard facility for the 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament.
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