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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 102/169

(98/C 102/255) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3303/97

by Juan Colino Salamanca (PSE) to the Commission
(20 October 1997)

Subject: COM in bananas

Could the Commission provide details of the quantities of bananas signed every three months to each of the three
licensed types of operator for the last three years, with particular information concerning operators working
under licence B?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(5 November 1997)

In view of the length of its answer, the Commission is sending it direct to the Honourable Member and to
Parliament’s Secretariat.

(98/C 102/256) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3395/97

by Hugh Kerr (V) to the Commission
(23 October 1997)

Subject: Harmonization of rights of way legislation in the EU

Is the Commission aware that the public in the United Kingdom benefits greatly from rights of way legislation in
terms of access to the countryside compared to their counterparts in other Member States?

For example, in the UK there has always been a common law that in effect states that regular use of a way makes
it a public highway and once a highway always a highway.

It is an offence in the UK to obstruct a right of way and there is a statutory obligation that local highway
authorities signpost footpaths and bridleways.

This is greatly appreciated by walkers from the Member States who visit the UK countryside.

Has the Commission any proposals in the pipeline to harmonize rights of way legislation in the Union?

Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission

(5 November 1997)

The matter to which reference is made does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Community.

(98/C 102/257) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3456/97

by Olivier Duhamel (PSE) and Catherine Lalumière (ARE) to the Commission
(31 October 1997)

Subject: Allocation of PHARE funds for educational books

The history textbook which was issued to schools in Slovakia by the Ministry of Education at the end of 1996 is
openly revisionist. The author was Milan S. Durica, who has acted, inter alia, as an apologist for Fascist Slovakia.
The disputed work was withdrawn from schools at the end of August this year. Slovakia has no shortage of
reputable historians, and there is a great need for the young generation of the countries of Eastern Europe to
re-learn their history.