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Post-16 Education and Training

24. Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to ensure that Welsh interests are advanced in any future reorganisation of post-16 education and training following the recent Government White Paper. [94100]

Mr. Hanson: The recent Government White Paper, "Learning to Succeed", put forward proposals for reorganisation of post-16 education and training in England.

The Welsh Office issued its own consultation paper which drew on work done by the Education and Training Action Group, which was set up by Welsh Office Ministers.

Any primary legislation brought forward to effect reorganisation as recommended in these papers will take account of Welsh interests.

Youth Unemployment

25. Mrs. Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Employment on measures to help the young unemployed in Wales. [94101]

Mr. Hanson: I met my right hon. Friend, the Minister for Employment, Welfare to Work and Equal Opportunities, earlier this month and we discussed a range of issues in relation to the Government's Welfare to Work agenda in Wales.

Funding Programmes

26. Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what provisions he intends to make to ensure that funding for European structural fund programmes in Wales is additional to funding allocated to the National Assembly for Wales under the Barnett Formula. [94102]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Welsh Block currently has provision for European Structural Funds.

Next year's Spending Review is designed to review the Government's overall expenditure plans. The Treasury has agreed to consider on their merits representations from the National Assembly for Wales about the public spending implications of Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys as part of the 2000 Review. I will be fully involved in those discussions.

Reserved Powers

Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a guide for the public on the reserved powers relevant to Welsh matters; and how they are dealt with in the House. [94088]

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Mr. Paul Murphy: A Guidance Note is being prepared and will soon be placed in the Library.

Child Abuse Tribunal

Ms Lawrence: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to receive the report of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal of Inquiry. [96415]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Tribunal's report has been delivered to my Department this afternoon. We will now consider the report and set in hand arrangements for its printing and presentation to Parliament at the earliest opportunity. At the same time I will present an executive summary of the document which is still in preparation by the Tribunal. I will present this summary in Welsh and in English. I expect all this work to be completed by January and I do not plan to make any further statement on the report and its findings until then.

Road Infrastructure

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions concerning studies carried out into the impact of investment in road infrastructure in England upon the economy of Wales. [94078]

Mr. Hanson: None. I understand that Assembly officials are in direct contact with their DETR counterparts.

Sea Fishing

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the division of responsibilities between the National Assembly and the Welsh Office for sea fishing issues. [94083]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The National Assembly for Wales is responsible for all matters pertaining to the sea fishing industry for up to 12 miles from the Welsh coast line. The UK Government have powers from 12 miles to the British fisheries limit of 200 miles.

Cardiff International Airport

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the potential for Cardiff International Airport to attract additional traffic from passengers living in South West England. [94090]

Mr. Paul Murphy: None. This is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister.


Cancer Statistics

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made by regional cancer registries in submitting 1997 information to the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement; [94060]

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Yvette Cooper: The latest year for which cancer registries in England have submitted complete data (as compared to the number of registrations in previous years) are:

1997East Anglia, South and West (Winchester), Oxford, Trent and West Midlands
1996South and West (Bristol)
1994Yorkshire, North Western
1993Thames, Northern, Merseyside and Cheshire

For 1997 data, five registries have submitted substantially complete data, two have submitted some data and four have submitted no data.

We are concerned to promote more timely submission of cancer registration data. In February 1999, we commissioned Professor Charles Gillis of the Department of Public Health, University of Glasgow to review the cancer registration system in England and Wales and to make recommendations for improvement. His final report is expected early in the New Year and is expected to make recommendations to improve timeliness and quality of published cancer statistics.

Cancer Care Action Group

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Cancer Care Action Group has met; at each meeting what new best practice and joint working projects were established; and if he will make a statement. [94066]

Yvette Cooper: The Cancer Care Action Group (CCAG) was established to bring together the leading cancer voluntary organisations with the National Health Service Executive. It advises and makes recommendations to the National Cancer Forum on key issues on developments in cancer and palliative care policy at a national level and the implications for voluntary sector organisations, and represents those with cancer and their carers in so doing.

The CCAG has met twice so far, on 27 January 1999 and on 29 September 1999.

The CCAG has been consulted on the development of the New Opportunities Fund initiative for palliative care. It was also consulted on the cancer information strategy and as a result of this, CancerBacup and Macmillan Cancer Relief have joined the Departmental Steering Group which is developing the strategy.

Following the first meeting the National Council of Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Services undertook to co-ordinate a project to scope the training and education provided by voluntary organisations. The findings were considered at the second meeting and it was agreed that they offered a good basis for considering further developments in this area.

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NHS Pay Review Bodies

Mrs. Fiona Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current membership is of the NHS pay review bodies. [96271]

Mr. Denham: The current membership is as follows:

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