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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): Copies of the draft BBC Charter and Agreement were placed in the Library on 27 November. The licence to be issued to the BBC under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, which was issued in conjunction with the current agreement in 1981 by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, is now the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The new agreement, when executed, will not come into force until the relevant wireless telegraphy licences are granted to the corporation. We expect publication of the Broadcasting Bill, announced in the gracious Speech, before Christmas.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): The measures in hand include the allocation of additional funds to the Army's recruiting organisation, including some £5 million for extra recruit advertising; a major initiative with the Employment Service to recruit through their office network; and a more cautious approach to the reduction in Army Careers Information Offices. These are together with a number of other initiatives to increase recruitment into the Army and the retention of existing personnel.
Earl Howe: There is no plan to revive Junior Leaders' Regiments in the form in which they previously existed but urgent work is in hand to consider introducing a junior entry to the Army to attract young people with the potential to become Senior Non-Commissioned and Warrant Officers. It is too early
Earl Howe: Although the Army Cadet Force is provided with additional funds from time to time for specific activities or equipment, such expenditure must be justifiable in the light of other priorities within the Army Plan. At present there is no significant new activity or item of equipment for which funding is being sought.
Earl Howe: The Ministry of Defence is currently examining a range of options, including charter, lease and purchase, to improve the access to specialist shipping for deployment use. This work is taking into account the feasibility of co-operative action with our NATO allies, and private sector involvement.
Earl Howe: The overseas visits undertaken by members of the Royal College of Defence Studies during 1995 and the costs to public funds of each visit were as follows: (a) NATO/WEU visit 12-16 Jun 95. Cost £55,390. (b) Overseas Tours 15 Sep-15 Oct 95
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