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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government are committed to implementing Article 13 of the EC Employment Directive by 2 December 2003; and what plans the Government have to ensure that faith schools comply. 
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Alan Johnson [holding answer 30 October 2001]: We intend to implement the Directive's provisions on religion or belief and on sexual orientation by 2 December 2003; and those on disability and age by 2 December 2006. The implementing legislation will cover all employers, including faith schools.
We believe the current arrangements for the employment of teachers at state maintained religious schools, as set out in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (sections 5860), are compatible with the requirements of the Directive, given the special provisions within the Directive for organisations whose ethos is based on religion or belief.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 816W, on the national stadium, if she will give details of the spending by Sport England on the development of the national athletics centre project, indicating how much of this expenditure is recoverable. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 5 November 2001]: Sport England has spent £1.57 million on the development of the national athletics centre project. All of the funding was committed for feasibility and outline design work, which has been completed. The issue of recoverability does not, therefore, arise.
Mr. Caborn: Money to support palliative care for children was allocated in the new opportunities fund (Specification of Initiatives) Order 2001. From early 2002, the fund will provide £48 million to palliative care projects for children as part of its £84 million palliative care programme.
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In the period 199899, £1,835,136 of lottery money went to provide palliative care and support to children and young people with terminal illnesses, in five grants made by the community fund. In 19992000, the community fund made three grants totalling £902,145 and in the period 200001 four grants totalling £655,727.
5. Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the Scottish Executive's Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning to discuss the prospects for the Scottish small business sector. 
Mr. Foulkes: The Scotland Office has made a submission to the performance and innovation unit's energy review. In addition I represent Scotland on the review's advisory group. The Scotland Office submission, along with all other submissions received by the PIU team, is available on the PIU website www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ innovation.
7. Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding transferring attendance allowance resources to the Scottish Executive in order to ensure that free personal care for elderly people is implemented from April 2002. 
Mrs. Liddell: I have not met either the Commissioners or the Secretary of the Boundary Commission for Scotland. My officials are, however, in regular contact with its secretary since the Scotland Office is the Commission's sponsoring department.
9. Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions as to the consequences for rail travel in Scotland of the decision to put Railtrack into administration. 
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Mr. Foulkes: My right. hon. Friend and I are in regular contact with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on a range of transport matters affecting Scotland.
Both the First Minister and I are aware of the importance of the tourism industry to the Scottish economy, particularly at this time. I shall be continuing to use every opportunity to promote to overseas audiences the attractions of today's Scotland in all its vibrant diversity and to support the efforts of the tourism agencies in that regard.
Mr. Foulkes: Latest statistics show that there are 2.384 million people in work in Scotland, a fall of 0.6 per cent. over the previous month. The number of people out of work and claiming benefit rose by 800 in September, but remains at its lowest level since October 1975.
Mrs. Liddell: I have regular discussions with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and other Treasury Ministers on a wide range of issues. The Government have no plans to review the Barnett formula.
23. Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has held with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the operation of the Barnett formula. 
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Mrs. Liddell: I have regular discussion with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on a wide range of issues. The Government have no plans to review the Barnett formula.
Mr. Foulkes: I have regular contact with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on a range of issues. I and my right hon. Friend are conscious of the important contribution that Army installations in Scotland make to the defence of the United Kingdom and to the Scottish economy.
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