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Parental Leave

Lord Taylor of Warwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The Government introduced a substantial package of laws for working parents in April 2003, including increasing paid maternity leave and a new right to paid paternity and adoption leave.

The DTI is taking forward a programme of work to explore what additional support could be provided to people balancing work and caring responsibilities, in
 
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ways that meet both individual and business needs. The work includes a series of roundtables in England, Scotland and Wales and a Citizens' Jury has also taken place.

The Government are committed to not making any changes to laws for working parents before 2006 after the impact of the current laws has been reviewed.

London Development Agency: Funding

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The 2002 Spending Review White Paper announced that various departments would be contributing to the single pot as set out below. During the course of the financial year 2004–05 these figures will change, for example, to take account of end year flexibility.
DepartmentSingle Pot
Contributions
(£millions)
Single Pot
Contributions
(%)
Department of Trade and Industry (Including UK Trade and Investment)23612.6
Department for Culture, Media and Sport20.1
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs462.5
Department for Education and Skills422.2
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister1,55282.6
Total1,878100

Single pot money is allocated between regions according to a funding formula. Under the formula the London Development Agency does not receive funding for deprived rural areas, which is provided to the single budget by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Credit and Hire Agreements

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The information is that which will be required in regulated credit and hire agreements from 31 May 2005. This key financial and other information is that which consumers need to
 
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understand the full implications of any agreement they consider entering into and comprises: amount and term of credit; total amount payable; timing and amount of payments; APR and whether variable; total charge for credit; allocation of payments; interest rate and whether variable and how it is applied; charges and fees; security; and cancellable status.

The DTI will issue guidance on the new regulations in the next few weeks.

Recreational Craft Regulations: Engine Life

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The Recreational Craft Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1464) come into force on 1 January 2005 and replace existing regulations from 1996. The 2004 regulations implement in the United Kingdom, Directive 2003/44/EC that amended the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC and consolidate the text of the 1996 regulations with the new requirements laid down in the amending directive.

Schedule 1 B. 3., to the 2004 regulations, sets out durability requirements for engines, that fall within the scope of the regulations and explains what is considered to be meant by the term "normal life of the engine". The figures quoted in the schedule have been taken directly from directive 2003/44/EC and are based on figures from the United States. These were provided to the European Commission by the International Marine Engine Committee (IMEC), which were assisted in the compilation by TUV, a German test laboratory. IMEC represent marine engine and personal watercraft manufacturers worldwide and include major companies such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Bombardier and Selva.

European Space Agency: Aurora Programme

Lord Tanlaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The European Space Agency has requested that member states advise it of their additional subscriptions to the preliminary phase of the Aurora programme by September 2004. The UK has already contributed 1.4 million euros to a first preparatory phase.

Lord Tanlaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The scale of the UK's contribution to the Aurora programme will depend on the outcome of the discussions on the definition of the programme and consideration of funding priorities following the spending review 2004 settlement.

Lord Tanlaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: It is too early to say what the level of UK contribution to the Aurora programme is likely to be. The content of, and level of resources for, the full programme are still being defined. The scale of the UK's contribution to the programme will depend on the outcome of these discussions and consideration of funding priorities following the spending review 2004 settlement.

Prison: Segregation

Lord Chadlington asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Astal): Data on the number of times segregation has been used for under 18 year-olds in prison service accommodation, for each month since January 2004, is shown in the table.
MonthJanuary 2004February 2004March 2004April 2004May 2004
Total171164152174174
4444

Prison Population

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Figures for prisons are based on a population snapshot of 31 May 2004. The information for England and Wales does not include prisoners who were recalled after release on licence, but may include persons who have spent some time out of prison for other reasons. Figures for Scotland do not take into account the effect of multiple warrants being served consecutively, nor do they include prisoners who were recalled after release on licence.

Figures for secure hospitals are based on the population on 31 May 2004. There are no secure hospitals in Northern Ireland.
 
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Prison population by length of time served since date of sentence


England and WalesScotlandNorthern Ireland
20 years less than
25 years212132
25 years less than
30 years9712-
30 years less than
35 years384-
35 years less than
40 years181-
40 years or longer7--






Population of secure hospitals by length of time served since date of sentence


England and WalesScotland
20 years less than 25 years1302
25 years less than 30 years786
30 years less than 35 years504
35 years less than 40 years235
40 years or longer10-









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