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Historic and Religious Buildings

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of VAT income from repairs to historic and religious buildings in each of the last three years. [35569]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 23 March 1998]: No such estimate has been made.

Third World Debt

Ms Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many responses he has received to date from the Christian Aid Campaign on Third World Debt; and how much money has been received by his Department in furtherance of the campaign. [35652]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 23 March 1998]: Since January 1997, the Treasury has received some 7,000 letters and postcards on Third World Debt. This includes over 1,600 postcards that have been received in response to the Christian Aid Campaign on Third World debt.

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The total amount of money that has been received from the public towards reducing the debts of poor countries is over £6,300. We have arranged that this money be used to help write off the debts owed to the UK by Tanzania.

Finance Bill

Mr. Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Finance Bill will be published; and if he will make notes on the Bill's clauses available to hon. Members as usual. [36194]

Dawn Primarolo: The Finance Bill will be published on Wednesday 8 April. Explanatory Notes on the Bill's clauses will be placed in the Vote Office and the Libraries of both Houses that day. Members of the public will be able to obtain copies of the Explanatory Notes from the Treasury; these will also be available on the Treasury's Internet site (http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk).

Departmental Running Costs

Mr. Derek Twigg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the final outturn for 1996-97 for (a) each running costs limit and (b) the Ministry of Defence's operating costs limit. [36302]

Mr. Darling: The final outturn for 1996-97 for each running costs limit and the Ministry of Defence's operating costs limit is shown in the table.

£000
Outturn 1996-97
Gross running costs limits
Foreign and Commonwealth Office507,744
Department for International Development56,744
Intervention Board57,410
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food317,861
Department of Trade and Industry (including ACAS)383,837
Office of Fair Trading17,855
Office of Telecommunications9,069
Office of Gas Supply10,490
Office of Electricity Regulation13,675
Department of Transport389,182
Office of Passenger Rail Franchising7,048
Office of the Rail Regulator7,321
Department of Environment220,902
Health and Safety Executive156,808
Office of Water Services9,287
Home Office1,787,053
Charity Commission20,283
Lord Chancellor's Department426,447
Northern Ireland Court Service18,674
Public Record Office22,225
Crown Prosecution Service221,322
Serious Fraud Office9,976
Treasury Solicitor's Department25,812
Crown Office43,357
Department for Education and Employment1,279,193
Office for Standards in Education28,649
Department For Culture, Media and Sport29,005
Office of the National Lottery1,880
Department of Health274,804
Department of Social Security3,161,873
Scottish Office332,309
General Register Office for Scotland6,617
Scottish Record Office4,973
Scottish Courts Administration40,854
Welsh Office70,865
Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales2,974
Northern Ireland Office788,006
H. M. Treasury52,179
Customs and Excise733,948
Inland Revenue1,683,828
Department of National Savings177,909
Registry of Friendly Societies7,639
National Investments and Loan Office1,183
Office for National Statistics98,607
Office of Public Service81,846
Cabinet Office40,673
Security and Intelligence Services402,797
Privy Council Office2,435
Net running costs limits
Wilton Park (FCO)930
ADAS Agency (MAFF)5,650
Central Science Laboratory (MAFF)0
Veterinary Laboratory Agency (MAFF)0
Veterinary Medicines Directorate (MAFF)0
Central Services (DTI)0
National Weights Measures Laboratory (DTI)0
Radio Communications Agency (DTI)0
Vehicle Certification Agency (DoT)80
QE II Conference Centre (DoE)4,687
Building Research Establishment (DoE)3,850
Health and Safety Laboratory (DoE)-5,105
Ordnance Survey9,476
Forensic Science Service (HO)-1
Historic Royal Palaces Agency (DCMS)0
NHS Estates Agency (DoH)-490
Information Technology Services Agency (DSS)0
Valuation Office Agency (Inland Revenue)-7,703
Paymaster Agency-1,247
Customer Funded Services (ONS)1,043
Government Actuaries Department414
Civil Service College (OPS)-163
Security Facilities Executive (OPS)0
Recruitment and Assessment Services (OPS)246
Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OPS)-583
Operating Costs
Ministry of Defence16,665,747

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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

New Deal

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what role the CBI and trade unions have played in the New Deal. [33950]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Effective local partnerships are essential to the success of the New Deal. Employers and trades unions clearly have an important part to play. The CBI and the TUC have encouraged their members to be involved fully in local New Deal arrangements.

In addition, my officials and I have held regular meetings with the CBI and trades unions. The New Deal Task Force itself contains two members of the Executive Council of the TUC and Sir Peter Davis, the Chairman of the Task Force, has also recently met John Monks. Sir Peter Davis and other members of the Task Force are members of the CBI President's Council.

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The CBI, TUC and individual trades unions have expressed support for the New Deal and have made a valuable contribution to its development.

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is his estimate of the number of people in the Beckenham constituency who will be eligible for the New Deal. [34718]

Mr. Andrew Smith: I have placed in the Library a list of the client planning assumptions for each New Deal unit of delivery which the Employment Service is using to plan provision for young unemployed people aged 18-24. The table shows that the planning assumption for the Croydon and Bromley unit of delivery, which includes the Beckenham constituency, is that 2,619 young people could be eligible to join the New Deal in 1998-99.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will place in the Library a copy of the KPMG study of partnerships on Pathfinder areas for the New Deal. [36089]

Mr. Andrew Smith: I have placed in the Library a copy of the KPMG Report.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he will publish his response to the New Deal Task Force's, proposals on objectives for the New Deal. [36090]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Within the next two weeks, I will place a copy of my response in the Library.

Sixth Form Colleges

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what representations he has received concerning the equity of funding between continuing sixth forms in secondary schools and sixth form colleges. [33994]

Dr. Howells: We have received representations from individual college principals and on behalf of the Hampshire Principals Group.

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Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out the formula for funding sixth-form pupils (a) continuing in the sixth forms of secondary schools and (b) transferring to sixth form colleges at age sixteen. [33996]

Dr. Howells: Maintained schools receive funding for sixth form pupils on the basis of a formula devised by the LEA as part of its Local Management of Schools (LMS) scheme. Under LMS arrangements, the bulk of funding is allocated on the basis of pupil numbers. In most cases this funding is weighted for age, with other factors to provide additional funding for schools in particular circumstances. In a small number of cases, LEAs also allocate different levels of funding to reflect the costs of particular courses undertaken by sixth form pupils. Funding for sixth form colleges is allocated through the funding methodology employed by the Further Education Funding Council. Each student attracts a number of units for the college, reflecting in particular the course being followed by the student. The college also receives units for providing the student with appropriate pre-enrolment guidance and for the student's eventual achievement.

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will review the funding of sixth forms and sixth form colleges. [34026]

Dr. Howells: Funding for post-16 education is being considered as part of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review. It is expected that announcements will be made in the summer or the autumn.


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