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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Baroness Denton of Wakefield): The Government expect to respond in the near future to the report and recommendations arising from the Equal Opportunities Commission investigation into the effects of competitive tendering in the health and education services.
Lord Lucas: ADAS is on course to meet its financial targets for 1996-97, including the target of 100 per cent. cost recovery on its advisory services. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Wales and my right honourable friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have therefore decided to proceed as quickly as possible with the sale of the business. We will invite expressions of interest from potential bidders for the business as a whole or any or all of its constituent
Lord Chesham: In line with our Commonwealth and EU partners, Her Majesty's Government have no plans to send observers to cover the Zambian elections. To do so we would need to be satisfied that the elections will be free and fair and acceptable to all major political parties. This is not yet apparent.
Lord Chesham: It is for the European Commission to judge whether the arrangements for partial privatisation of France Telecom are in accordance with EU state aid and competition rules. The DTI will continue to monitor the case closely.
Lord Chesham: We are not aware of any general practice in the treatment of Turkish prisoners which differentiates between those convicted of political offences and other criminals. We welcomed the measures announced by the Turkish Government in July to look into prison conditions.
Lord Chesham: We continue to receive reports of alleged cases of harassment of human rights organisations, relatives of missing persons, journalists and lawyers in Turkey. Our Embassy in Ankara maintains close contact with Turkish human rights organisations and regularly raises concerns about them, and others working in the human rights field, with the Turkish Government.
Lord Chesham: Amnesty International reported in September more than 50 disappearances in 1994, and more than 35 in 1995. The difficulty of obtaining precise and reliable information on disappearances, extra-judicial killings and torture makes it impossible to draw clear conclusions about trends. But we will continue to raise our concerns about these issues with the Turkish Government.
Lord Chesham: Turkey has a derogation from Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights for the 10 south eastern provinces under emergency rule. We remain concerned at excessive detention lengths. We therefore welcome the intention announced by the Turkish Government on 17th October to reduce maximum detention lengths for suspects. We hope this will be implemented as soon as possible.
Lord Chesham: (a) Full information can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, we have negotiated bilateral arrangements on working spouses with 53 governments which permit spouses of United Kingdom diplomats to take employment.
There will be some under reporting in the categories primary, secondary and tertiary education. Because some projects are classified as general education they are too wide ranging to fall into specific categories. These projects will contain elements that fall into the other categories but which cannot be separated out.
|Education||of which Primary(1)||of which Secondary||of which Tertiary||of which Other||Health|
1995-96 figures are not available.
(1) Primary/Basic comprises primary education, primary teacher training, nursery schools, adult education and literacy, and non-formal education.
Secondary includes secondary education and secondary teacher training.
Tertiary includes higher education, Universities, University libraries, tertiary technical institution, technical teacher training, technical education, research and scientific, and distance learning.
Other includes general education, materials and curriculum development, inspection and management, education buildings, educational equipment and materials and general engineering.
These figures do not include expenditure on other forms of training or training in other sectors.