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The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The reconfiguration of the Chinook simulator to Mk2 standard was completed in the last quarter of 1993. The instructing training staff of the Operational Conversion Flight had completed conversion to the Mk2 version in August 1993.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: At the European Council at Nice, EU member states agreed the terms of reference of the EU Military Staff, which would perform "early warning, situation assessment and strategic planning for Petersberg tasks".
To carry out this task the staff will rely on appropriate national and multinational intelligence capabilities. The detailed arrangements for handling intelligence material will be subject to stringent safeguards and will take full account of existing national and multinational agreements.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The staff at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) Chemical and Biological Defence (CBD) laboratories at Porton Down have made a thorough search of their archives and have found no record of any such visits.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Records dating from 1980 no longer exist. Paper records are retained for a period of three years before being destroyed. Recordings of radar data are retained for a period of thirty days prior to re-use of the recording medium.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: A limited search through available files has identified a number of documents graded Secret. The overall classification of the documents was not dictated by details of specific sightings of "UFOs".
The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The new licensing controls on arms brokering and trafficking announced last September will be introduced under new powers on trafficking and brokering to be contained in an Export Control Bill; The Queen's Speech announced that the Government will publish this Bill in draft during this session of Parliament. Full details of the new controls proposed on arms
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: It would not be appropriate to speculate on the estimates from Forrester Research. It can be assumed, though, that operators have made the necessary calculations on how best to recoup the investments they are making to launch 3G ("third generation") services.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): There is at present one minimum seat spacing requirement in aircraft cabins, though this exists to allow safe evacuation of an aircraft in an emergency, rather than for any health reasons. Until further research has been carried out we cannot say if there is a minimum amount of space between seats that would be necessary for health reasons, though a distinction should be made between health and comfort. There are indications to suggest that immobility, rather than seat pitch, is the main risk to health.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): We have today introduced a Bill which will reform the existing unfair and outdated legislation. It will remove any disqualification from membership of the House of Commons that arises by reason of a person having been ordained or being a minister of a religious denomination.
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