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Hong Kong and the Sino-British Joint Declaration

Baroness Hilton of Eggardon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The eighth report in this series, covering the period July-December 2000, was published today and copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. A copy of the report is also available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website ( The report includes a foreword by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary. I commend the report to the House.

EU and EC Treaties: Articles Subject to Unanimity

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The following table sets out this information.

Unless otherwise stated, all articles are from the Treaty establishing the European Community:

Treaty articles which will remain subject to unanimity in the EU and EC treaties following ratification of the Treaty of Nice

Article 7.1 (TEU)Sanctions clause
Article 17.1 (TEU)European Council decisions on "common defence" and EU/WEU integration
Article 23.1 (TEU)Foreign policy and defence decisions (Title V TEU)
Article 28.3 (TEU)Operational expenditure under CFSP
Article 24 (TEU) Article 38 (TEU)Conclusion of international agreements covering issues for which unanimity is required for the adoption of internal decisions (except implementation of joint actions or common positions)
Article 34.2 (TEU)Provisions on police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters (Title VI TEU)
Article 41.3 (TEU)Operational expenditure for Title VI TEU
Article 42 (TEU)Decision to move police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters to Title IV TEC
Article 44.2 (TEU)Enhanced Co-operation under CFSP, QMV with an emergency brake (unanimity)
Article 48 (TEU)Treaty Change
Article 49 (TEU)Accession of new member states
Article 13Action against discrimination (except incentive measures)
Article 18.3Provisions on passports, identity cards, residence permits; provisions on social security or social protection
Article 19Arrangements for non-nationals to vote in EP and municipal elections
Article 22Additional rights of EU citizenship
Article 42Social security for migrant workers
Article 47.2Particular principles on the free movement of professionals
Article 57.2Derogation from liberalisation of capital movements
Article 67.1 and 2Action under Title IV (visas, asylum, immigration and other policies related to the free movement of persons). 67.2 provides for a move to QMV after five years (if the Council so decides by unanimity). Article 67.5 and the Protocol and Declaration on Article 67 mean some moves to QMV will happen sooner: on entry into force of the Treaty of Nice (Article 65 with the exception of aspects relating to family law); from May 2004 automatically (Article 66); after framework legislation, defining common rules and basic principles, has been agreed by unanimity (Articles 63(1)(a), (b), (c), (d) and 63(2)(a)); and following a Council decision after May 2004 (Articles 62(2)(a), 62(3) and 63(3)(b)).
Article 71.2Transport policy
Article 72Approval for derogations from transport rules in favour of a member state's own carriers
Article 88.2Derogation for state aid rules in "exceptional circumstances"
Article 93Indirect taxation
Article 94Approximation of laws affecting internal market
Article 104.14Replacement of excessive deficits protocol
Article 105.6Tasks of the European Central Bank
Article 107.5Amendments (on a proposal from the Commission) to the statute of the ECB
Article 111.1Decisions concerning the ERM
Article 112.2(b)Appointment of the ECB's Executive Board
Article 117.1 and 7Transitional Provisions on the European Monetary Institute (EMI)
Article 123.5Institutional provisions relating to EMU
Article 133.5 and 6Specified exceptions to QMV for negotiation and conclusion of international agreements on trade in some services and commercial aspects of intellectual property
Article 133.7Extension of Common Commercial Policy to other aspects of international negotiations and agreements on intellectual property
Article 137.2 Article 139.2Particular social provisions governed by unanimity
Article 151.5Culture
Article 161Rules governing structural and cohesion fund tasks, objectives and organisation (until 2007, or until agreement on the next financial perspective, whichever is the later)
Article 175.2Exceptions to QMV for environmental provisions
Article 181aEconomic, financial and technical co-operation with third countries for association agreements (see Article 310) and agreements with accession candidates
Article 186 Article 187Rules and procedures for association of the overseas countries and territories with the Community
Article 190.4Uniform electoral procedure for European Parliament
Article 190.5Taxation provisions of the statute for Members of the European Parliament
Article 202Comitology rules
Article 203Order of Presidency
Article 213.1Altering number of Commissioners
Article 215Council Decision not to fill a vacancy in the Commission College
Article 222Increasing number of ECJ Advocates General
Article 223 Article 224Appointment of ECJ judges and Advocates General, and CFI judges
Article 225aCreation of judicial panels and appointment of members of the panels
Article 229aConferring jurisdiction on the ECJ for disputes concerning Community industrial property rights
Article 245Amendment to ECJ statute
Article 250.1Amendment of a Commission proposal
Article 251.3Accepting EP amendments rejected by the Commission in the co-decision procedure
Article 252 (c, d and e)Second reading of co-operation procedure
Article 269Community finances--own resources
Article 279.1 Article 279.2Financial Regulations (until 1 January 2007) Community's own resources
Article 289Seats of institutions
Article 290Community language regime
Article 296.2Derogation for trade in arms
Article 300.2/5/6Conclusion of international agreements covering areas where unanimity applies internally/association agreements (see Article 310)
Article 304Co-operation with OECD
Article 308Old Article 235 (residual legal base)
Article 309Sanctions clause

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London Underground: Grant

Lord Sheppard of Didgemere asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much provision they have made for grants to London Transport to support investment in the Underground from April 2001, pending completion of public private partnership contracts.[HL908]

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): Last summer's spending review provided grant of £104 million for London Transport for the financial year from April 2001. The review recognised that additional grant might be necessary, but, given the need to maintain commercial confidentiality during PPP negotiations, agreed that this could be the subject of a later claim on the central Reserve. The Government are currently considering what additional resources to make available in respect of London Underground.

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London Rail Schemes: Co-ordination

Lord Sheppard of Didgemere asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What arrangements are being made to set up a high level body comprising the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Strategic Rail Authority and Transport for London to co-ordinate future development of the rail system serving London.[HL909]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Last November, I agreed some high-level arrangements with the Mayor and Sir Alastair Morton to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the development and taking forward of rail schemes in London. Meetings at official level between my department, the Government Office for London, the Strategic Rail Authority, and Transport for London are currently taking place. On the basis of their work, I expect to meet with the mayor, Bob Kiley and Sir Alastair Morton in early March.

Variant CJD

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will update the table showing deaths from new vCJD, published in the Official Report of 27 March 2000 (WA55 and 56).[HL572]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): An updated table is provided as follows. It includes information relating to known deaths from variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (vCJD) up to 2 February 2001. It supersedes the data provided on 27 March 2000, and contains some corrections.

Tabel 1: Variant CJD cases in the United Kingdom, by month and year of death, date of onset of symptoms and date vCJD was confirmed

Date of deathDate of onset of symptomsDate vCJD confirmed
May 1995Jun 1994Sep 1995
Nov 1995Jan 1995Jan 1996
Nov 1995Dec 1994Jan 1996
Jan 1996Feb 1994Jan 1996
Jan 1996Jul 1994Jan 1996
Feb 1996Mar 1995Mar 1996
Feb 1996Jan 1995Mar 1996
Feb 1996Aug 1994Feb 1996
May 1996Aug 1995Mar 1996
Jun 1996Jan 1995Apr 1996
Jun 1996Jan 1994July 1996
Sep 1996July 1995Sep 1996
Nov 1996Dec 1995*
Feb 1997Dec 1995June 1997
Feb 1997Dec 1994July 1997
Mar 1997Oct 1995May 1997
Mar 1997Mar 1996Feb 1997
May 1997Mar 1996June 1997
May 1997Mar 1994Sep 1995
Jun 1997Jan 1996Jun 1997
July 1997Nov 1996Oct 1997
Oct 1997Oct 1996Nov 1997
Dec 1997Jan 1996Sep 1996
Jan 1998Feb 1997Mar 1998
Mar 1998Sep 1995May 1998
Apr 1998Mar 1996Jun 1998
May 1998May 1996May 1998
Aug 1998Jul 1997Oct 1998
Aug 1998Jul 1997Oct 1998
Oct 1998Nov 1997Oct 1998
Oct 1998May 1996Nov 1998
Oct 1998Nov 1997Nov 1998
Oct 1998Jul 1997Nov 1998
Oct 1998Oct 1997Dec 1998
Nov 1998Nov 1997Feb 1999
Nov 1998Apr 1998Feb 1999
Nov 1998Mar 1998*
Dec 1998Dec 1996*
Dec 1998Aug 1997Oct 1999
Dec 1998May 1998Feb 1999
Dec 1998Dec 1997Mar 1999
Jan 1999Feb 1998Feb 1999
Feb 1999Dec 1997Sep 1999
Feb 1999Oct 1997Jun 1999
Feb 1999Dec 1997May 1999
May 1999Jan 1998Mar 2000
Jul 1999May 1998Jul 1999
Aug 1999Jan 1999Aug 1999
Aug 1999Jun 1998Nov 1999
Sep 1999Dec 1998Sep 1999
Oct 1999July 1998Dec 1999
Oct 1999Mar 1999Sep 2000
Oct 1999Jul 1998Jan 2000
Nov 1999May 1998Dec 1999
Nov 1999Feb 1999Aug 2000
Dec 1999Jun 1999May 2000
Jan 2000Apr 1999Jan 2000
Feb 2000Apr 1999Apr 2000
Feb 2000Jun 1998Jun 2000
Mar 2000Sep 1998May 2000
Mar 2000Sep 1998Apr 2000
Mar 2000May 1999Jun 2000
Apr 2000Feb 1998*
Apr 2000May 1999Aug 2000
Apr 2000Apr 1999Aug 2000
May 2000May 1999*
May 2000Apr 1999Jun 2000
May 2000Jul 1998Aug 2000
Jun 2000Jul 1999+
June 2000Mar 1997Jun 2000
Jul 2000Mar 1999Aug 2000
Jul 2000Aug 1999Sep 2000
Jul 2000Oct 1998Sep 2000
Aug 2000Jan 2000Oct 2000
Aug 2000Jun 1999Aug 2000
Aug 2000Jul 1999Nov 2000
Aug 2000Oct 1999Oct 2000
Sep 2000Dec 1999+
Sep 2000Oct 1999Oct 2000
Sep 2000Nov 1999*
Oct 2000Dec 1999Oct 2000
Oct 2000Jul 1998Dec 2000
Nov 2000Dec 1999+
Nov 2000Mar 2000Jan 2001
Jan 2001Nov 1998*
Jan 2001Aug 2000+

* Cases not confirmed neucopathologically and therefore classed as 'probable vCJD'

+ Cases who have died with post mortem result awaited

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Table 2: vCJD cases in the UK by age at death

Age at deathNumber of Cases

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