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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.
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 200405 these figures will change, for example, to take account of end year flexibility.
|Department of Trade and Industry (Including UK Trade and Investment)||236||12.6|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||2||0.1|
|Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||46||2.5|
|Department for Education and Skills||42||2.2|
|Office of the Deputy Prime Minister||1,552||82.6|
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.
Whether they will explain the information required under paragraph 2(4)(c), (d) and (e) in relation to Schedule 1 and under paragraph 5(2)(c) and (d) in relation to Schedule 3 to the Consumer Credit (Agreements) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1482). [HL3869]
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.
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.
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.
Whether the size of the United Kingdom's subscription to the European Space Agency will be at a level sufficient to enable the United Kingdom to maintain leadership within the Aurora programme, and will keep pace with gross domestic product. [HL3902]
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 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.
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.
|Month||January 2004||February 2004||March 2004||April 2004||May 2004|
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.
|England and Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland|
|20 years less than|
|25 years less than|
|30 years less than|
|35 years less than|
|40 years or longer||7||-||-|
|England and Wales||Scotland|
|20 years less than 25 years||130||2|
|25 years less than 30 years||78||6|
|30 years less than 35 years||50||4|
|35 years less than 40 years||23||5|
|40 years or longer||10||-|
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