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many instances of illegal parking on Red Routes in London have been recorded, and how much was spent on policing them, in each year since their inception. 
Mrs. Beckett: Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate for Class XVII, Vote 5, the Privy Council Office Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) for 2000-01 will be increased by £373,000 from £2,578,000 to £2,951,000 and the running costs limit will be increased by £373,000 from £2,618,000 to £2,991,000.
The increase in the DEL is to fund the new Business Co-ordination Unit (BCU) (£320,000) which I announced on 11 May 2000, Official Report, column 433W, and to take up money granted from the Civil Service Modernisation Fund (£53,000).
Mr. Ian McCartney: The Electronic Communications Act 2000 contains in section 8 a power to amend legislation by statutory instrument, to authorise or facilitate electronic communication or storage. The first order laid before Parliament under this section is the Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order
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2000 amending company law, of which a draft was laid before the House on 23 October under the affirmative resolution procedure.
The second order to be laid before Parliament is planned to be an order by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and the Regions, to allow electronic communication between the Department of the Environment; Transport and the Regions (DETR) and local authorities of Housing Revenue Account subsidy determinations and decisions.
The Departmental Expenditure Limit for Cabinet Office (Class XVII, Vote 1 and Vote 3) will be increased by £51,988,000 from £194,960,000 to £246,948,000 and the gross running costs limit will be increased by £18,192,000 from £95,562,000 to £113,754,000. Also the net running costs limit will be decreased by £3,000,000 from £2,827,000 to -£173,000.
(a) A transfer payment from Inland Revenue (Class XVI, Vote 5) (£15,000,000) towards development of the Government Gateway part of the Corporate IT Strategy for Government; and a payment to the Department of Social Security: administration (Class XII, Vote 3) (£5,000) in respect of Inter-Ministerial Group on Older People.
(b) An investment in the Modernising Government agenda and Cabinet Office Action Plan (£2,788,000) to be funded from the Invest to Modernise Fund; an investment is the infrastructure for e-government, including the Knowledge Network, as part of the Corporate IT Strategy to be funded from the Capital Modernisation Fund (£21,000,000).
(c) The Cabinet Office has taken up end-year flexibility (£13,205,000) from its entitlement (£24,388,000) as set out in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper Cm 4812 published on 18 July 2000. This is to fund ongoing activities within the Cabinet Office including establishing the e-Envoy and funding slippage in programmes from the previous year.
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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of the United Kingdom population has internet access at home; what plans she has to extend home internet access; and how she intends to achieve such goals. 
We will continue to follow telecommunications competition policies that have helped the UK become the cheapest country in Europe for unmetered off-peak internet access, and among the cheapest for metered off-peak access. The rapid growth of digital TV in the UK-- 21 per cent. of UK households currently subscribe--will also increase home internet access.
Mr. Blunkett: I have today sent my remit letter to Bryan Sanderson, the chairman of the Learning and Skills Council, setting out my strategic vision and the key priorities for the first three years of the LSCs operation. Copies of the remit letter have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list by LEA in descending order the percentage of (a) teaching posts currently vacant and (b) children attending schools in the LEA entitled to free school meals. 
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A DfEE survey of maintained secondary schools in England in the first week of September 2000 indicated that there were about 1,000 secondary teacher vacancies; the equivalent figure at January 2000 was 1,200.
General information on schools has recently been published in a statistical volume 'Statistics of Education--Schools in England 2000', a copy of which is available from the Library, or alternatively can be accessed on the Department's statistical website www.dfee.gov.uk/statistics.
Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer of 16 May 2000, Official Report, column 100W, on the relocation of civil servants, when the contract with Cendant Relocation (UK) Ltd. was last renewed; where the contract was advertised; and what the length and value of the contract is. 
Mr. Wills: The contract with Cendant Relocation (UK) Ltd. was last renewed on 23 March 2000. The contract was put out to competitive tender on the basis of nine national and locally sourced companies. The contract is for a period of three years. The contract value is dependent upon the number of departmental staff who use the service offered by Cendant.
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