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Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly concerning the future of steel production at Llanwern; and if he will make a statement. 
It is well known that I believe the proposal to end steelmaking at Llanwern is a short-sighted one. I have urged the company to reconsider its position and I know that the Trade Unions are presenting their own proposals for the company's consideration. However, if the threatened closures go ahead, the Government and the National Assembly have made it clear that we shall both take appropriate steps to assist those affected.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide details of the assistance package offered to the Corus Steel company, prior to the announcement of job losses on 1 February; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Murphy [holding answer 13 February 2001): The UK Government and the Assembly indicated a willingness to talk to Corus about whether any action on their part would assist the company. As Corus did not wish to engage in such discussions, the Government were unable to make any offer of assistance.
The Solicitor-General: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates for Class V, Vote 4 (The Crown Prosecution Service), Class V, Vote 5 (Serious Fraud Office) and Class V, Vote 6 (HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor) the Attorney-General's Departments Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2000-01 will be increased by £8,823,000 from £369,547,000 to £378,370,000.
The Crown Prosecution Service's Departmental Expenditure Limit will increase by £4,438,000 from £343,790,000 to £348,228,000. The running costs limit will be increased by £2,504,000 from £245,165,000 to £247,669,000. This increase is required to fund delivery of the pledge on persistent youth offenders, deployment of Higher Court Advocates in the Crown court, diversity and equality issues and achieve improvements against
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CPS and CJS targets. An increase in capital expenditure of £500,000 will be used to fund the introduction of joint CPS/police criminal justice and trial units.
The Serious Fraud Office's Departmental Expenditure Limit will increase by £17,486,000 from £1,833,000 to £19,319,000. The Running Costs Limit will increase by £611,000 from £11,324,000 to £11,935,000. The increase is required to fund the impact in 2000-01 of the decision to increase the office's targeted case load to 100 cases in 2003-04; to meet the cost of trials held over from 1999-2000; and to offset reductions in police resources available to combat serious and complex fraud. Capital expenditure will increase by £34,000.
HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor's Departmental Expenditure Limit will increase by £552,000 from £8,271,000 to £8,823,000. The Running Costs Limit will increase by £1,550,000 from £6,432,000 to £7,982,000. The increase in net running costs is due to an increase in capital charge following a revaluation of TDS's premises (Queen Anne's Chambers). The increase is offset by a matching non-running cost receipt. Capital expenditure will increase by £294,000.
A transfer of £250,000 will be made to the Attorney- General's Departments Departmental Unallocated Provision from the Modernising Government Fund and a transfer of £1,750,000 will be made to the Attorney- General's Departments Departmental Unallocated Provision from the Capital Modernisation Fund.
The increases will be partly offset by transfers totalling £1,206,000 from the Home Office, surrender of £4,565,000 of the Attorney-General's Departments end year flexibility, an allocation of £500,000 from the Capital Modernisation Fund and an allocation of £250,000 from the Modernising Government Fund.
Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will publish for each constituency in Scotland her latest estimate of the number of (a) male and (b) female (i) lone parents, (ii) pensioners, (iii) people in receipt of DSS benefits, and (iv) female unemployed persons, (A) under the age of 18 years, (B) aged 18 to 24 years and (C) aged over 24 years, (I) pensioners qualifying for the free TV licence and (II) households qualifying for the £200 winter fuel allowance. 
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Mrs. Liddell: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate for Class XIII, Vote 1, Scotland and Transfers to the Scottish Consolidated Fund, the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) for 2000-01 will be increased by £77,265,000 from £15,305,728,000 to £15,382,993,000.
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