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When we launched the Quality Protects programme in September 1998, we required local authorities to submit annual management action plans to show how they were intending to improve the management and delivery of children's social services. This report presents the key messages and findings from the second round of management actions plans (MAPS) which were received in January 2000.
Councils have made a good start over the past year in implementing the Quality Protects programme. For example we have seen: more corporate working across councils and more partnership working with voluntary organisations; an increase in the proportion of children looked after in foster care or placed for adoption; a reduction in re-registrations on the child protection register; more support being given to care leavers; an increase in education support being given to looked after children; more councils listening to children and young people in their care; and improvements in the collecting and using of management information.
But if there are to be real and lasting gains for children, these early improvements must be built on and further substantial progress made in 2000-01. The Government's determination to support this change is
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have received the report and copies have been laid before both Houses of Parliament today in accordance with the requirements of Section 5(2) of the Medicines Act 1968. Copies have also been placed in the Library.
Bound volumes have been placed in the Library containing the 1999 reports of the Medicines Commission, the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and the Veterinary Products Committee.
We are glad to acknowledge the valuable work done by the distinguished members of the Medicines Act advisory bodies and thank them for the time and effort dedicated in the public interest to this important work.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have received the report and copies have today been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Sections 5(2) and (3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The report and accounts of the Medical Devices Agency have today been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Sections 5(2) and (3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): I have been advised by the ASFA--the Association of French Motorway Companies--that in 1999 users of French tolled motorways paid FF33.9 billion (approximately £3.24 billion) in tolls.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): The 1999-2000 annual report and accounts for the Central Science Laboratory were laid before Parliament today. Copies are available in the Library of the House.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: During the last year officials from the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport met the BBC and the Independent Television Commission (ITC) to discuss smoking in television drama. They were reassured that the broadcasters and regulators recognised their responsibility towards viewers, especially young viewers, and reflected concern about smoking in the guidelines they have developed for programme-makers.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information is below. The figures do not include appointments to public bodies sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where the role of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is to advise on appointments made by the Prime Minister and through him, Her Majesty, the Queen.
|Number of appointments made by the Secretary of State||423|
|Number of vacancies from the 423||38|
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