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The Duke of Montrose: My Lords, before the Minister sits down can I ask her, as a matter of curiosity, whether one of the difficulties that the Government are having with the Bill is that the original Bill was "Sewel-ed" by the Scottish Parliament? Does the fact that we have a different Bill put us in difficulty with the Scottish Parliament? Are we not in a parallel situation to that regarding Northern Ireland, where we wish the devolved governments to have a say, but that we cannot go ahead until they have that say?

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we will have to come back to the noble Duke on that. I am not in a position to get my head around all the of implications of the decision that was made by your Lordships earlier.

The Duke of Montrose: My Lords, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendments Nos. 172 to 179 not moved.]

[Amendment No. 180 not moved.]
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Schedule 28 [Repeals and revocations]:

[Amendments Nos. 181 to 187 not moved.]

Clause 252 [Extent]:

[Amendments Nos. 188 to 193 not moved.]

Clause 253 [Commencement]:

[Amendments Nos. 194 to 201 not moved.]

Higher Education Bill

Bill returned from the Commons with certain Lords amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement; with a Lords amendment disagreed to with amendments proposed in lieu thereof; with further Lords amendments agreed to with amendments; and with the remaining Lords amendments agreed to; the Commons amendments and reasons were ordered to be printed.

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL]

Bill reported from the Select Committee with amendments and recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House; it was ordered that the Bill be printed as amended.

Written Statements

Thursday 24 June 2004

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Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board: Report and Accounts 2003–04

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has made the following Ministerial Statement:

Today I have placed in the Libraries of the House copies of the report and accounts 2003–04 of the Strategic Investment Board for Northern Ireland.

Army Base Repair Organisation: Key Targets 2004–05

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Defence (Mr Adam Ingram) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The following key targets have been set for the Army Base Repair Organisation for financial year 2004–05.
Key TargetDetailsTarget
KT 1—Financial Performance—Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). The measurement of ABRO's ROCE. To achieve a return, averaged over the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005, of at least 3.5 per cent.
KT2—Delivery Performance.The measurement of revenue projection.To complete delivery of 100 per cent of the planned revenue projection (£150 million) in FY 2004–05, and in each of the next three years.
KT3—Business SystemsThe measurement of the introduction and operation of TABS and the imperative to detach from the current supply system.To introduce and have operational the ABRO Business System (TABS) and to have detached from the ESPPA supply system by 31 March 2005.
KT4—EfficiencyThe measurement of the reduction in price of ABRO output.To reduce the average equipment repair price, across the whole programme, by 20 per cent against the 2002–03 baseline.
KT5—Winning WorkThe measurement of ABRO winning work.To maintain a closing order book of at least £80 million for FY 2004–05, and to maintain this level for the next three years.

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Elder Abuse

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Community (Dr Stephen Ladyman) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement today.

The Government's response to the Health Committee's Second Report of Session 2003–04 on elder abuse, Cm 6270, has been published today. Copies have been placed in the Library.

NHS Continuing Care

Lord Warner: My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Community (Dr Stephen Ladyman) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement today.

I regret that the information I provided in my Written Statement of 22 June contained an error in line 23 of the table, the entry for South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority. Where it read 138 cases eligible for recompense, it should have said 69; and where it read 232 investigations completed, it should have said 163. The corrected data are in the table.
SHA NameNumber of cases eligible for recompenseInvestigationscompletedInvestigationsunder way
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA0281370
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA34102110
Essex SHA1014626
North West London SHA10181191
North Central London SHA86461
North East London SHA016911
South East London SHA6018390
South West London SHA6219421
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear SHA27126172
County Durham and Tees Valley SHA1048178
North & East Yorkshire & North Lincs SHA2926693
West Yorkshire SHA25130219
Cumbria and Lancashire SHA15154186
Greater Manchester SHA5102240
Cheshire & Merseyside SHA107774422
Thames Valley SHA4181202
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA30386121
Kent and Medway SHA2418644
Surrey and Sussex SHA515860
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA43612349
South West Peninsula SHA25433120
Dorset and Somerset SHA14448467
South Yorkshire SHA6916378
Trent SHA023679
Leics, Northants and Rutland SHA2920222
Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA3841219
Birmingham and the Black Country SHA1021373
West Midlands South SHA8237187

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