|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): Agreement has been reached with HMSO for a reduction in the price of the weekly Hansard from its present level of £9 to £5. This will enable purchasers to obtain Hansard at a price equivalent to £1.25 per sitting day, while for public libraries, which can take advantage of the government discount scheme provided for in Class XVIII, Vote 5 of the Supply Estimates, the price will be equivalent to 63p per sitting day. This price reduction will take effect when the House returns after the Whitsun Recess.
Discussions are continuing on a new, long-term agreement with HMSO for the printing and publication of the different categories of House documents. The price of the daily Hansard will be considered in the light of these discussions.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): The metropolitan district council which receives the greatest amount of revenue support grant in 199596 is the City of Birmingham (£531.204 million). The metropolitan borough of Bury receives the smallest amount of revenue support grant among the metropolitan district councils (£51.042 million).
The size of the authority accounts for a substantial part of the difference in these sums of revenue support grant: the resident population of Birmingham is 1,020,941 and the resident population of Bury is 181,821. Part of the difference is also due to differing numbers of clients for the main local authority services (eg. numbers of school pupils and numbers of the elderly). The remaining difference is largely due to differing social and economic circumstances.
The method for distributing Revenue Support Grant is described in the Local Government Finance Report (England) 199596 and, in greater detail, in the publication Standard Spending Assessment Handbook 199596, which has been placed in the Library.
Viscount Ullswater: We have today published a consultation document entitled Fair Construction Contracts containing proposals for taking forward the recommendations in Constructing the Team. These proposals are designed to help reduce the number of disputes in the industry and improve its performance.
Our paper contains proposals for rapid resolution of disputes, limitation of the right of set-off of debts, encouragement of prompt payment and protection against insolvency. It will be widely distributed and we expect both factual comment and informed views from all sectors of the construction industry.
Lord Inglewood: Additional resources have been allocated to the industrial tribunals for extra chairmen, administrative staff and premises and for new technology. Legislative measures have been taken to help speed up the industrial tribunal system (such as increasing tribunals' powers to discourage cases with no reasonable chance of success). The Government are also currently considering responses to the Green Paper Resolving Employment Rights DisputesOptions for Reform, which included proposals for reducing delays at industrial tribunals.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): I have today published my Green Paper: Legal AidTargeting Need, The Future of Publicly Funded Help in Solving Legal Problems and Disputes in England and Wales. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library of the House.
Back to Table of Contents
Lords Hansard Home Page