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Scottish University Fees

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blackstone: The Committee, chaired by Sir George Quigley, has met six times. There is a statutory requirement that the report of the Committee should be laid before each House of Parliament not later than 1 April 2000.

Judge Gee

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Police investigations, over the progress of which I have no control, continue. Meanwhile, I am considering whether the evidence disclosed in Judge Gee's criminal trial would justify me in concluding, on the civil standard of proof, that Judge Gee had been guilty of misbehaviour sufficient to allow me to remove him from office under my statutory powers to dismiss a Circuit Judge for misbehaviour.

Mentally Incapacitated Adults

Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor: The Government received over 4000 responses to Who Decides? on the Law Commission's recommendations about decision-making for mentally incapacitated adults. Respondents included many charities working on behalf of incapacitated people; local authorities; doctors; professional

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organisations; and those working with the law. We also received a large number of contributions from members of the public. There was much support for the key principles: the functional approach to assessing capacity; the factors to be taken into account when assessing best interests; and the General Authority. There was wide-ranging support for Continuing Powers of Attorney. Many respondents also supported the proposals for Managers appointed by the court to replace the current system of Receivers, with appropriate safeguards. Since consultation closed in March 1998 we have been giving very careful consideration to all the issues involved. I have decided to publish a Policy Statement in October 1999 which will set out the Government's thinking on a number of the issues raised in the consultation paper.

British Commercial Attaches: Central and Eastern Europe

The Earl of Carlisle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they are taking to improve the links the Department for International Development has established between themselves and the Commercial Attaches in British embassies in central and eastern Europe.[HL3515]

Baroness Amos: The Department for International Development works closely with our embassies in all countries in the promotion of its objectives. This includes contact with the Commercial Attaches where appropriate.

British Council Contracts

The Earl of Carlisle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are the business management programmes in which the Department for International Development commissions the British Council to act as manager or contractor; and what is the value of each contract to the British Council.[HL3513]

Baroness Amos: The table below lists details of contracts let by the Department for International Development to the British Council in 1998-99:

Project titleCountryValue
Palestinian legislative council---libraryWest Bank and Gaza220,755
Support to education sector: book procurementGhana47,066
Pakistan--Northern education projectPakistan3,385,276
English language teaching projectPhilippines35,836
Local DFID project support unitBrazil345,102
British council division: IT audit projectIndia13,875
Project support servicesMexico519,772
Regional programme support servicesAsia Regional27,205
Management of changeIndia84,695
Soil salinity and breeding for salt resistant cropsIndia265,319
Technical co-operation support contract for 1998-99China223,130
Orissa social marketing of contraceptives and rehydration saltsIndia229,109
Assistance with design of DFID support to Ethiopian education sector development programmeEthiopia208,285
In country training programme--managementTanzania1,946,400
In country training programme--managementUganda2,433,080
Trainer development projectIndia11,440
Kenya in-country training programme (ICTP)Kenya598,959
Project Managers--health management strengthening projectWest Bank and Gaza1,189,608
China: financial sector training schemeChina150,000
Support to Uganda records management phase iiiUganda527,342
LGAP II: Gdansk city management project-- demonstration seminarPoland6,060
Managing the implementation of the plant Germplasm conservation and utilisation projectIndia314,000
Health and Education access studyZambia159,608
Indian professional officers schemeIndia330,510
Support for the implementation of the Beijing platform of action--phase iiKenya509,890
Health policy planning and management project-- NIHFWIndia199,222
Community OphthalmologyIndia299,817
Leprosy controlIndia191,050
Zimpod managing agencyZimbabwe127,483
Capacity building in the Ministry of Education: project managerJordan1,367,992
Participation at GID development seminar 1998Global (Non Project Specific)3,765
Parliamentary co-operation programme administratorsRussia260,158
Russian President's management training initiativeRussia28,565
Clearance of homicide backlogMalawi68,446
Support for primary health care systems (Bamako initiative)Nigeria2,622,497
Provision of education planning advice for UNRWA's Education DepartmentJordan140,070
Cross river state community forestry projectNigeria3,176
Books scheme for basic schools (Chatham)Ghana6,985,000
Strengthening parliamentary democracyWest Bank and Gaza773,110
Small Environment Projects Scheme (SEPS)Russia155,060
West Bank and Gaza good government assessmentWest Bank and Gaza14,200
Democratic institutions small projects scheme (DISPS)Russia199,920
Training and internal consultancy project phase iiBangladesh1,133,250
Early literacy and language projectNamibia (SW Africa)910,565
Education sector development programme: joint review missionEthiopia34,290
Training development programme for the Indian policeIndia35,210
Assistance to police trainingMexico8,815
Support to independent electoral commissionSouth Africa, Republic of610,720
I believe in myselfYugoslavia103,640
First World Bank Family Health Project (FHPI)Pakistan656,410
Judicial support projectRussia599,710
Management for government--bridging projectWest Bank and Gaza57,680
Gender Beijing project managementUganda260,000
Total value£31.6 million

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Management Training: Individual Countries

The Earl of Carlisle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What programmes will replace the Joint Industrial and Commercial Attachments programme.[HL3512]

Baroness Amos: Support for management training will in future be driven by individual country need. In Russia the Department for International Development is already supporting the Russian President's Management Training Initiative. In other countries we will continue to look for opportunities which fit in with our agenda and our country strategies.

Former Soviet Union: Assistance Priorities

The Earl of Carlisle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are the priority areas in which British aid can be deployed to assist the Russian Federation and nations formerly under the control of the Soviet Union; and what importance they place on co-operation within those nations' commercial sectors.[HL3514]

Baroness Amos: There are five broad priority areas for assistance to the countries of the former Soviet Union: supporting the enabling framework for economic growth; an inclusive approach to economic management

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allowing benefits to be shared as widely as possible; empowerment of people through access to rights, skills, security and information; protection and restoration of the environment; and the global dimension--deepening integration into the international community.

The distribution of British assistance between these priorities varies in each country, including the extent to which it supports the private sector. Our assistance recognises, however, the crucial role of countries' private sectors in the transition to a market economy and pluralist democracy.

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