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Lord Chancellor, Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer: Salaries

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The salaries of the Lord Chancellor, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 1 April in 1990, 1980, 1970, 1960, 1950, 1925 and 1900 were as follows:

Excludes Parliamentary Salary
YearLord ChancellorPrime MinisterChancellor of the Exchequer

1 The salaries in the table above are those payable to the holders of the respective offices. Holders of paid ministerial posts in the other place also receive a parliamentary salary.

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Ethnic Minorities in the Labour Market

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When work was started by the Strategy Unit into the study on ethnic minorities in the labour market; whether and when they intend to publish the report thereon; and what is the cost of this project. [HL1847]

The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The project began in September 2001. The unit published an interim report on 20 February 2002 and will publish its final report shortly.

Strategy Unit staff work across a number of projects. The unit's total budget for 2002–03 is £6.5 million, which funds a range of projects and other work.

Drivers: Eyesight Tests

The Earl of Caithness asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 26 February (WA 42), how they know that drivers, especially those over 45 years, can currently satisfy the visual standard for driving; and, if not, what action they are taking to make sure they do. [HL1980]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: All drivers are required by law to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if at any time they develop an ongoing medical condition affecting their fitness to drive, including defective eyesight. This requirement is prominently displayed on driving licences. Failure to notify DVLA of a medical condition which could affect driving safety is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution, carrying a maximum fine of £1,000.

Drivers' visual acuity is checked at the driving test by the reading of a number plate from a prescribed distance. Drivers can repeat this simple check themselves periodically throughout their driving career and are asked to notify DVLA if their eyesight falls below standard. Because of the potential for more serious consequences of accidents involving large vehicles, such as lorries and buses, drivers of these vehicles are required to undergo a medical examination, including an eyesight test, at age 45 and at five-yearly intervals thereafter until 65, from which time the examination is carried out annually.

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