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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): The following Ministers, Members of the Opposition and senior officers have visited Afghanistan since the security situation has allowed such visits:
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker): The available information from the Home Office and the Scottish Executive Justice Department Court Proceedings Databases shows the total hours of community service orders imposed by all courts in England, Scotland and Wales for each year from 1996 to 2000.
|Year||England (2)||Scotland (3)||Wales (2)|
(1) Total hours of community service orders and community service orders within combination orders.
(2) Data for England and Wales are on the principal offence basis.
(3) Data for Scotland relate to all offences.
(4) Staffordshire police were able to supply only a sample of data for magistrates' courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Estimates based on this sample are included in the figures as they are considered sufficiently robust at this high level of analysis.
When the planned hospital/healthcare centre at Wandsworth prison will be built to replace the present facility.[HL3874]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22 April (WA 2), what rate of duty should be paid on a biofuel when it is being used exclusively in an off-road or "red diesel" context.[HL3976]
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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Under Directive 92/81/EEC Member States must tax biodiesel used in stationary motors; plant and machinery used in construction, civil and engineering and public works; and vehicles intended for use off the public roadway or which have not been granted authorisation for use mainly on the public highway as a road fuel, as a substitute for gas oil (red diesel).
They are allowed to tax it at a reduced rate above the minimum rate set out in Directive 92/82/EEC (currently 18 per 1,000 litres). The Government have included legislation in the Finance Bill 2002 to provide that biodiesel used as a substitute for red diesel bears duty at the same rate, with effect from Royal Assent.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Legislation on taxation in the Crown dependencies has always taken the form of laws enacted by the legislatures of the Crown dependencies. All primary legislation passed by those legislatures requires the assent of the Queen in Council.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The report of the Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation to the ECOFIN Council on 29 November 1999 lists 66 tax measures in European Union member states and their dependent or associated territories which are considered to have harmful features. Four of these are in Jersey. The United Kingdom wishes to see the harmful aspects of all 66 measures removed.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Work on the EU code of conduct for business taxation and on taxation of savings is being taken forward in accordance with the timetable on the tax package adopted by the ECOFIN Council on 10 July 2001, with a view to reaching agreement on the tax package as a whole no later than by the end of 2002.
The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): As the then FCO Minister of State, my right honourable friend Mr Tony Lloyd MP, made clear on 10 July 1998 (Official Report, col. 687), many countries, including the UK, have in place strict controls on the export of nuclear-related goods to India and Pakistan. The UK also exercises caution over contacts between personnel from the British nuclear industry and their Indian and Pakistani counterparts. Current tensions between India and Pakistan demonstrate the need for both countries to exercise restraint.
The events of 11 September highlighted the fact that some terrorist groups will use any means to achieve their ends. We know that Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda network have shown an interest in developing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. To ensure that such ambitions are not realised, we are encouraging all countries, including India and Pakistan, to take all steps necessary to ensure the better physical protection of their nuclear assets. We will be encouraging both countries to consider measures which contribute to the safety and security of their nuclear programmes.
We will continue to deny all export licence applications (ELAs) for items listed on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Dual-Use List to nuclear and nuclear-related end users in India and Pakistan. We will consider all applications for other items assessed as licensable, including those licensable under the WMD end use control, with particular vigilance in making licensing decisions on a case by case basis. Licences may be issued if there are no end use concerns. Consistent with our obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, licences may also be issued in exceptional cases where the Government are satisfied
We will continue to discourage contacts by UK nuclear scientists or those working in the UK nuclear industry with their counterparts from, or personnel who we know are likely to work in, nuclear or nuclear related organisations in India or Pakistan. We will also discourage visits by such counterparts and personnel to UK nuclear facilities. However, this will not apply where such contacts would contribute to the safety and security of India and Pakistan's nuclear programmes, or further the UK's non-proliferation objectives, consistent with our obligations under the non-proliferation treaty.
Since carring out their nuclear tests in 1998, neither India or Pakistan has demonstrated sufficient commitment to meet their obligations to reduce nuclear tensions set down in UNSCR 1172. We are now encouraging both countries to engage in a bilateral dialogue on nuclear confidence-building measures.
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