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Lord Sewel: Following devolution, expenditure on support for the common agricultural policy (CAP) (which will be part of the annually managed expenditure for which the Parliament will be responsible) will be managed, and accounted for by the Scottish Administration in accordance with the requirements of the Scottish Parliament and of the relevant European legislation.
|Colterscleuch Overtaking Improvement||£1.6m||1994|
|Mosspeeble--Bush Overtaking Improvement||£1.5m||1995|
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Comprehensive Spending Review settlement provided funds for the pilot and, subject to successful evaluation, national roll-out of the drug treatment and testing order during financial years 1999-2000 to 2001-2002. The probation service will be responsible for purchasing treatment for offenders sentenced to the new order from statutory, voluntary and private drug treatment agencies, both residential and non-residential.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: An estimated twelve thousand people have written to the Prime Minister, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Home Office about the case of Senator Pinochet, either supporting his extradition to Spain or his return to Chile. It is not usual practice to provide the names of individual correspondents unless they have agreed to publication.
Up to 31 January 1999, my right honourable friend the Prime Minister had received seven letters from Members of both Houses of Parliament, of which four supported Senator Pinochet's return to Chile. Other correspondence was largely passed on to the Home Office or Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is included in their total estimated figures.
Up to 31 January 1999, the Home Office had received 226 letters about Senator Pinochet from members of both Houses of Parliament. Fifteen of these supported or covered letters from constituents who supported Senator Pinochet's return to Chile. The Home Office had received an estimated 10,000 letters and petitions from people writing from the United Kingdom and abroad, of which around 1,000 supported Senator Pinochet's return to Chile. One of the petitions received by the Home Office contained an estimated 100,000 signatures from Chilean citizens supporting Senator Pinochet's return to Chile.
Up to 31 January 1999, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had received 44 letters from Members of both Houses of Parliament, of which two supported Senator Pinochet's return to Chile. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office had received an estimated 2,000 letters and petitions from people writing from the United Kingdom and abroad, of which around 100 letters supported Senator Pinochet's return to Chile.
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The estimated cost in England will be £409 million in 1999-2000, £420 million in 2000-01 and £420 million in 2001-02. The equivalent figures for England and Wales are £435 million, £448 million and £448 million.
Baroness Blackstone: The Technical Consultation Document on Pay and Performance Management, published on 1 February, set out our objectives for the design of the funding mechanism for the early years of the new arrangements. These are:
Baroness Blackstone: There will be no infant classes containing more than 30 children by September 2001 at the latest. Furthermore, as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review, the infant class size pledge will be achieved in virtually all schools by September 2000. The Secretary of State has made available sufficient capital and revenue funding to ensure that all local education authorities and governing bodies do fulfil their statutory duties to achieve class size limits.
Baroness Blackstone: A copy of the report was sent to the Audit Commission and the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad. The case is still under consideration by the police and has not been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The report also requested that a number of London boroughs and the Migrant Training Company repay £550,000 of European Social Fund money. The boroughs have now repaid the amount due and the Migrant Training Company have agreed a repayment schedule with the department.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The European Commission last presented a report on the scope and impact of reduced VAT rates in member states of the European Community in November 1997. The report concluded that the present reduced VAT rates structure is not an obstacle to the effective functioning of the current EC VAT system and that, overall, there have been no significant Community-wide distortions of competition brought about by excessive disparities in VAT rates between member states.
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