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e-Government Interoperability Framework

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The e-GIF is regularly reviewed every six months, and at each review all content is updated as necessary. The next review is due in October 2003 when the current advice

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on the use of wireless and mobile technologies will be revised if the current security concerns about the use of those technologies have been resolved.

Employer Task Force on Pensions

Lord Carter asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will announce the membership, terms of reference and timetable for the Employer Task Force on Pensions. [HL3224]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The Membership and terms of reference for the task force on pensions are set out below. We expect the task force to report in around 18 months.

Employer Task Force on Pensions: Members Appointed by Andrew Smith on 4 June 2003

Company/OrganisationMember
J Sainsburys plcSir Peter Davis
Group Chief Executive Task Force Chairman
BP plcDr David Allen
Group Managing Director
Task Force Vice Chairman
Acme WhistlesSimon Topman
Managing Director
Aircraft Research GroupBrian Timmins
Group Chief Executive
AmicusLucy Anderson
Deputy General Secretary
Co-operative GroupMervyn K Pedelty
Chief Executive
Corporation of LondonPeter Derrick
Finance Chamberlain
EmapRalph Turner
Group Benefits Manager
ICIPhilip Gillett
Tax Controller
Marks & SpencerGraham Oakley
Company Secretary
Scottish Catering EnterprisesSusan Karim
Managing Director
Scottish PowerDavid Nish
Finance Director
USDAWSir Bill Connor
General Secretary
WhitbreadGeoff Mellor
Pensions Director
WimpeyAnna Edgeworth
Group HR Director

Terms of Reference

Role

Employer-led body with a mission to increase and extend occupational and private pension provision.

Aim

to work in partnership with government and individuals to help employees achieve security and independence in retirement by identifying and promoting employer-led solutions which enable and encourage employees to save more and for longer;

And to provide the Secretary of State with advice on the role of the employer in the pensions partnership.

Key Responsibilities

To develop and promote employers' role in pension provision and encourage employees to save, with particular emphasis on:

increasing employees' access to high quality pension schemes;

improving advice available to enable employees to make informed choices;

encouraging employees to take up pension provision;

identifying the needs of specific sectors to develop targeted pensions solutions.

To act as a catalyst in the development and promulgation of best practice; and

To advise the Secretary of State on the role of the employer in the pensions partnership.


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Oxford and Cambridge Universities: Independent and State School Entries

Lord Skidelsky asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will give the figures for the proportion of students entering Oxford and Cambridge universities from independent and state schools respectively every year since 1960.[HL2549]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The latest available information is shown in the table below.

Comparable data for earlier years are not held centrally.

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Acceptances to Oxford and Cambridge Universities by previous educational establishment

of which, percentage from
Total Acceptances(1)Maintained schools and collegesIndependent schools(2)Other(3)Total
Oxford
19702,41743552100
19712,38241554100
19722,49742553100
19732,50042534100
19742,53741536100
19752,71945524100
19762,74445523100
19772,81747503100
19782,85047503100
19792,78847503100
19802,81449483100
19812,83650473100
19822,84049474100
19832,68650473100
19842,85349484100
19853,12043543100
19862,94047458100
19873,07046468100
19883,22645488100
19893,16446468100
19903,11045487100
19913,189424810100
19923,18443499100
19933,157444710100
19943,276434611100
19952,8484951n.a.100
19962,9484852n.a.100
19972,9424852n.a.100
19983,0445050n.a.100
19992,9645149n.a.100
20002,9285347n.a.100
20012,9805545n.a.100
20023,0885545n.a.100
Cambridge
19702,71540573100
19712,86840537100
19722,90741527100
19732,88744497100
19742,87843507100
19752,94844497100
19763,03242526100
19773,00441527100
19783,22446468100
19793,066434710100
19803,300444510100
19812,90542499100
19822,79243489100
19832,899444610100
19842,985394912100
19853,098395010100
19863,129355016100
19873,020414713100
19882,933434512100
19893,013474311100
19903,117444411100
19913,01548475100
19923,052464410100
19933,06845459100
19943,09546469100
19952,9895347n.a.100
19962,7675545n.a.100
19973,0015446n.a.100
19982,9825347n.a.100
19992,9855545n.a.100
20002,9995545n.a.100
20013,0885644n.a.100
20023,0535743n.a.100

Source:

UCAS from 1995 to 2002 and Oxford Gazette and the Cambridge Reporter from 1970 to 1994.

Percentages may not sum to totals because of rounding. N.a. = not applicable.

(1) Figures for 1994 and earlier years include overseas students who cannot be separately identified. Figures since 1995 cover UK domiciled students only.

(2) Includes direct grant schools in years prior to 1982.

(3) Includes overseas students in the years up to 1994; and, (for Cambridge in years prior to 1987, and Oxford in years prior to 1978), students from Scotland and Northern Ireland whose school type was not specified.


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Slug Pellets

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10 March (WA 152), what evidence they have that the use of slug pellets is increasing in United Kingdom gardens.[HL2869]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Figures for slug pellet use in gardens are not collated.

Rural Delivery Review

Lord Harris of Haringey asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the guiding principles of Lord Haskins's Rural Delivery Review.[HL3223]

Lord Whitty: Lord Haskins's Rural Delivery Review will help improve the way rural policies are delivered and make a real difference to local people.

The seven guiding principles of the review—the first outcome of Lord Haskins's work—were published today. They are:

Better accountability: policy development should be managed separately from policy delivery, whilst ensuring that proper communication exists at all stages between the two functions. Accountability for

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success or failure cannot be determined if there is confusion between the two.

Readiness for policy change: the Government must prepare for the delivery of a major new agri-environmental agenda in the coming years.

Devolution: delivery of economic and social policy must be devolved in accordance with the principles of public service reform.

Customer focus: the services available to rural businesses and rural communities, and visitors to the countryside, need to be more accessible and transparent.

Simplicity: the complex range of agencies currently engaged in delivering the Government's rural policies should be simplified.

Co-ordination: the environmental, social and economic elements of rural delivery should be better co-ordinated at a regional level.

Value for money: the taxpayer must get better value for money as a result of changes to the current arrangements.

Ministers are very grateful for all the work Lord Haskins has done so far, meeting hundreds of individuals and organisations throughout England, as

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well as visiting Scotland, Wales, France, Germany and Belgium. The principles he has developed are a very useful first indication of his thinking and are consistent with existing work across government bringing services closer to local people, for example through devolution and decentralisation.

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Ministers want to see real improvements in service delivery to rural people and we expect the Rural Delivery Review to build on these principles to produce imaginative and effective proposals. We now look forward to receiving Lord Haskins's final conclusions in the autumn.



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