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Written Answers

Volume 548: debated on Wednesday 14 July 1993

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Written Answers

Wednesday, 14th July 1993

Nigerian Election: Representations

asked Her Majesty's Government:What representations have been made to the Government of Nigeria about the annulment of recent elections in that country.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

I met the Nigerian High Commissioner on 24th June and informed him that we deplored the decision to annul the 12th June Presidential Election, and had decided to take a number of immediate measures to curtail military co-operation and the issue of visas to the Nigerian armed forces and to review our aid programme.My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary met the Nigerian Secretary for External Affairs on 30th June in London and again on 8th July in Tokyo. He restated our dismay at the cancellation of the results of the election and said that the measures announced on 24th June would not be lifted until a democratic civilian regime has been installed and was working unhindered. Meanwhile no new aid commitments for Nigeria will be made.

World Bank: Public Information

asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their policy towards current proposals to increase the scrutiny and accountability of World Bank operations.

We support the intention of the Bank to make more information publicly available about its projects and programmes. The issue is currently under active discussion in the Bank's board of directors.

Ec Development Councils: Special Initiative For Africa

asked Her Majesty's Government:What consideration has been given by the EC Development Council to the proposal for a Special Initiative for Africa and what the outcome of any such consideration has so far been.

As I advised the House on 8th June 1993 (cols. WA53 and WA54), the Development Council on 25th May 1993 adopted conclusions on the Special Initiative for Africa. Work is now in progress to identify suitable rehabilitation projects for the 100 mecu which has been allocated for immediate use.

Ec Development Council: Special Rehabilitation Support Programme

asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the EC Commission proposal for a special rehabilitation support programme in developing countries and what the outcome of consideration of this proposal by the Development Council has so far been.

The EC Development Council on 25th May took note of the Commission proposal for a special rehabilitation support programme. We have a number of reservations on the approach proposed. We believe that the immediate task is to implement the Special Initiative for Africa which the Council endorsed in May.

European Court Judgments And Uk Law

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 is consistent with the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in

Funke, Cremieux and Miailhe v. France; and

Whether the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights on 25th February 1993 in Funke, Cremieux and Miailhe v. France are to be incorporated into statute law in England and Scotland.

The Government are committed to complying with their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, as interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights. With regard to the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights on 25th February 1993 in Funke, Cremieux and Miailhe v. France, the Government are of the view that the present law in the UK is consistent with the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. There is, therefore, no need to amend UK law in the light of these judgments.

Right To Silence And European Convention On Human Rights

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the present law in the United Kingdom relating to the "right of silence" is in breach of Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Government are of the view that the present law in the United Kingdom relating to the "right to silence" is not in breach of Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Asylum And Immigration Appeals Act 1993

asked Her Majesty's Government:When the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 will be brought into force.

Some provisions came into effect when the Bill received Royal Assent on 1st July. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has made a commencement order bringing all the remaining provisions of the Act into force on 26th July.

Criminal Justice Consultative Council: Summary Of Activities

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have yet received a copy of the first Annual Summary of Activities from the Criminal Justice Consultative Council.

We received an advance copy of the first Summary of Activities for the Criminal Justice Consultative Council from Lord Justice Farquharson on 25th June. It outlines the many important issues considered by the council during 1992, following its inception in January of that year, and includes a list of topics which council intends to include in its forthcoming agenda. The report also provides a brief summary of the activities of the area criminal justice liaison committees in the six months since they first met.The summary is being published today.

Telecommunications Directorate: Privatisation Objectives

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will set out their objectives in the privatising of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

1. To maximise sale proceeds consistent with preserving the best prospects for effective competition in the market for telecommunications support services for the emergency services.

2. To obtain reassurance that the purchaser should have the capacity to meet transferred liabilities and obligations.

Industrial Accident Hazards: Complaints To Hse

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many complaints from the public in each region or county have been received by the Health and Safety Executive since 1st April 1985 in relation to installations to which the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1984 apply.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Employment
(Viscount Ullswater)

The information is not readily available in the form requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Food Advisory Bodies: Remit

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are satisfied that the Food Advisory Committee and the Consumer Panel are not at present in danger of duplicating the work of each other.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
(Earl Howe)

We are satisfied that there is no duplication of work between the Food Advisory Committee and the Consumer Panel. The former advises Ministers on the exercise of powers in the Food Safety Act 1990 relating to labelling, composition and chemical safety of food, while the latter advises on consumer concerns on a broad range of food issues.