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Written Answers

Wednesday, 2nd December 1998.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

Baroness Pitkeathley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they have taken to develop their approach to sustainable development and environmental protection.[HL136]

Baroness Amos: We published a policy statement on the environment Eliminating World Poverty: Why The Environment Matters today. This follows up the White Paper on International Development and explains our approach to environmental protection and sustainable development. The Statement invites comments on our approach. I will place copies in the Library of the House.

Modernising Justice

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

    If they intend to publish a White Paper on Modernising Justice.[HL143]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): I have today laid before Parliament a White Paper on Modernising Justice. Copies of the White Paper and accompanying Press Notice have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Rights of Audience: Response to Consultation

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What responses the Government have received to their consultation paper Rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation; the way ahead.[HL144]

The Lord Chancellor: The Government received 100 responses to the consultation paper. Of these 64 were in favour of the Government's proposals, 12 were opposed, 11 were neutral or did not comment, and 13 were mixed. Copies of the responses have today been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, and the Supreme Court library, omitting the six responses which were made in confidence. The responses were carefully analysed and taken into account in the development of our proposals on rights of audience, which are contained in the Modernising Justice White Paper published today. The respondents are listed below (those who responded in confidence are not listed):

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Those involved in the current statutory procedure:

    Lord Justice Potter, Chairman, on behalf of ACLEC

    The Director General of Fair Trading

    Professor Lee Bridges (member of ACLEC) The Judiciary

    The Lords Justices of Appeal

    The Justices of the High Court

    The Council of HM Circuit Judges

    The Association of District Judges

    The Lord Ackner

    Lord Justice Buxton

    Mr. Justice Holland

    Mr. Justice Sedley

    Mr. Justice Carnwath

    Mr. Justice Lloyd

    HH John Gower QC Members of Parliament

    Austin Mitchell MP The Bar

    The General Council of the Bar

    The Council of the Inns of Court

    The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry

    The Employed and Non-Practising Bar Association

    The London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

    The Official Referees Bar Association

    The Personal Injuries Bar Association

    The South Eastern Circuit

    The North Eastern Circuit Barristers in private practice, or unspecified

    David Blunt QC

    Martin Edwards

    Nicholas Forwood QC

    Richard King

    Stuart Lovering

    Liam Murchin

    Chris Purnell

    Alec Samuels

    Robert Spicer

    Robert Wright QC Employed or non-practising barristers

    James Birkin

    Edward Bowles (Crown Prosecutor)

    Robert Christie

    Angela Delbourgo

    Richard Hill

    Keith Loney

    Anne Moore-Williams (Law Commission)

    Jeremy White

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    The Law Society

    The Law Society Group for Solicitors with Disabilities

    The London Solicitors Litigation Association

    The Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates

    The Young Solicitors' Group and the Trainee Solicitors' Group

    The London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association Solicitors' Firms

    Clifford Chance

    Geoffrey Parker Bourne

    Lovell White Durrant

    Norton Rose

    Slaughter and May


    White Dalton

    Herbert Smith Individual Solicitors

    Christopher Bright (Linklaters)

    Hardeep Singh Nahal (Herbert Smith)

    Gary Summers (Magrath & Co) Legal Executives

    The Institute of Legal Executives Individual Legal Executives

    Miss C. Abbs

    Stuart Blake

    Jeremy Chaplin Private Individuals

    Marion Heath

    Arthur Oakes

    John Randall

    Anthony Zachary Companies employing lawyers

    James R. Knowles

    KPMG Tax Advisers Teachers of Law

    Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (Professor S. H. Bailey)

    Nottingham Law School (Professor Peter Jones and Professor Philip Knott)

    The Association of Law Teachers (John Hodgson)

    The College of Law (Professor Nigel Savage)

    Inns of Court School of Law (Susan Blake)

    Alistair Kelman

    Alan Taylor Legal Organisations

    The Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors

    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

    The British Legal Association

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    The Civil Court Users Association

    The Crown Prosecution Service

    The Justices' Clerks' Society

    The Legal Action Group

    The Legal Services Ombudsman Other Organisations and Bodies

    The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents

    The Consumers' Association

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants

    The Institute of Credit Management

    The Joint Committee for Ethnic Minorities in Wales

    The Metropolitan Police

    The National Federation of Consumer Groups

    The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    The Trades Union Congress

Education: Additional Funding

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide a breakdown of how £19 billion extra funding for education over three years has been and is proposed to be allocated.(HL35)

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The £19 billion represents the additional funding for education across the UK over the next three years. The table shows the details.

£ billion, UK1998-991999-002000-012001-02
Planned spending on education38.241.244.747.8
Additional funding in each year over 1998-99 levels--
Total additional over three years-- 19.1

The additional £19 billion means that spending on education will rise by more than 5 per cent. each year in real terms over the next three years. This is the fulfilment of the Government's pledge that education would be its number one priority and that it will increase the share of national income spent on education.

The funds will be used to:

    ensure a major boost to standards of literacy and numeracy by age 11;

    cut truancy and exclusion by a third;

    boost pupil attainment at age 16;

    increase access to further and higher education;

    raise levels of attainment at all levels post-16, and increase the proportion of those from lower income households staying on in education.

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Among the measures to achieve these ambitious goals, the Government will:

    introduce a new Sure Start programme to give young children the best start in life;

    fund a major numeracy campaign in primary schools to complement the National Literacy Strategy;

    double capital spending on schools compared with the start of this Parliament;

    a big increase in the Standards Fund;

    make resources available to deliver our pledge on reducing class sizes 18 months ahead of schedule;

    increase access funds and pilot an education maintenance allowance for those aged 16-18;

    introduce a new pupil support grant to combat truancy and exclusion;

    invest in the National Grid for Learning to link schools electronically and bring their IT into the 21st century;

    increase participation in further and higher education.

Details of spending plans will be set out as usual in the spring in the departmental reports for DfEE, the Scottish Office, the Welsh Office and the Northern Ireland Office.

Teachers: Fast-track Dismissals

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many teachers have been dismissed using the fast-track system announced in the summer of 1997.[HL36]

Baroness Blackstone: I refer to the oral reply made on 14 May this year by my noble friend, Lord Whitty,

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in response to a similar question from the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch. Individual employers of school staff hold records of staff dismissed and the procedures under which they are dismissed, and the information is not collected centrally. The National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) was due to report this autumn on the progress in the implementation and monitoring of the outline capability procedures drawn up last year by the ACAS working group. The progress report from NEOST is expected shortly.

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