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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected gross increase in the National Probation Service budget is for the next financial year; how much of that increase will be spent on (a) National Directorate administration and programmes, (b) probation officer training, (c) hostels revenue grant and (d) probation board revenue resource allocation; and how much of the Probation Board allocation will be spent on (i) property and estate charges and (ii) national information technology increases. 
Hilary Benn [holding answer 2 December 2002]: The National Probation Service budget for the next financial year is expected to rise from £675.8 million to £746 million, an increase of just over £70 million. This is analysed as follows:
|(a) National Probation Directorate (NPD) Admin and Programmes||52.8||50.7||-2.1|
|(b) Probation Officer Training||42.0||53.0||11.0|
|(c) Hostels Revenue Grant||42.7||49.0||6.3|
|(d) General Revenue Allocation||520.0||575.0||55.0|
|(e) Estate and Hostels||18.3||18.3||0.0|
It is estimated that the property and estate charges (excluding approved premises) will be about £62 million in 200304. The Home Office does not have precise information from probation boards about expenditure on property and estate charges in 200203. It is estimated that the costs in 200203 are about £52 million. The total budget of £62 million represents about 10 per cent. of the combined expenditure on the main service including training.
It is estimated that the information technology costs will increase from £16 million to £21 million. Most of this increase is required to provide a superior network. The total budget of £21 million for boards represents 3.1 per cent. of the combined board expenditure on main service activities, hostels and training.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on preventive measures to tackle the misuse of (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco, (c) cannabis, (d) ecstasy, (e) amphetamines, (f) LSD, (g) heroin, (h) cocaine and (i) crack cocaine, in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 28 November 2002]: With regard to expenditure related to alcohol and tobacco I refer the hon. Member to the response given by my hon. Friend the Member for Salford (Ms Blears) to his question on 28 October 2002, Official Report, column 665W.
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planned preventative expenditure across Government on all illicit drugs for the period 200001 to 200203 as follows:
prevention of misuse by initiatives to disrupt trafficking and to reduce the supply of drugs200001: £353 million, 200102: £373 million, 200203 : £376 million; and
preventative initiatives to strengthen communities and reduce the impact on them of drug misuse200001: £45 million, 200102: £139 million, 200203: £171 million.
Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those granted visas to visit the UK, with conditions attached, failed to abide by those conditions in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) budgeted and (b) outturn cost was of the College Green ticket office. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what was (a) the capital cost and (b) the gross and net annual budgeted running cost of the Westminster Hall cafeteria in the last three years. 
Mr. Kirkwood: Westminster Hall Cafeteria has been closed since December 2000 while being converted into new visitor facilities, including a new café, lavatories and a lift for disabled access to the Grand Committee Room and other areas. No costs were therefore incurred after that date.
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Ms Hewitt: Since the Equal Pay Act was introduced in 1970, the pay gap has reduced from 37 per cent. to 19 per cent. today. We are tackling the various causes of this pay gap, in particular by helping mothers to balance work and family responsibilities.
Ms Hewitt: Women already play an important part in social enterprises and DTI supports them through a wide range of activities. This will be strengthened through implementation of the Government's three year strategy for social enterprise, which I launched in July.
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Ms Hewitt: We are currently engaged in a wide-ranging consultation on the issue of employment status, and have had discussions with representatives of the clergy, and different faith communities and religious organisations, on the issue of extending employment rights. We have not had specific representations concerning female clergy to date, in response to the consultation, though I am aware of the case of Norma McNab which my hon. Friend recently raised with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.
The Government are committed to ensuring that women are not disadvantaged regarding pension provision and enjoy a decent income in retirement. We have already introduced a range of measures, including Stakeholder Pensions and State Second Pension to help with this.
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