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Effective pay arrangements for police officers are essential for a modern police service which delivers high standards of community safety and security to the public. We must move quickly to put police officer pay on a sustainable basis. We cannot continue with arrangements which produce pay rises beyond the level which police authorities can afford to pay without detriment to service delivery. For that reason, we will establish a review of the way police pay is determined, reporting early in the new year and in good time to inform the 2007 pay round. Following this, I will also ask the review body to consider further changes to the police pay negotiating machinery. In particular, I am minded to place responsibility for determining chief officer pay within the remit of the Senior Salaries Review Body. The review that I have announced will look at this as part of its consideration of the options for replacing the current police officer pay determination arrangements.

I have asked Sir Clive Booth to undertake the first part of this review and I am pleased to announce that he has accepted. Sir Clive will report to me in early 2007 with recommendations on the pay determination mechanism that we should use for next year. This, along with any other proposals for pay modernisation from the service or representative organisations, will be considered in the 2007 pay round. The Home Secretary and I will consider further how the second part of the review, looking at the police negotiating machinery, should be taken forward, including consideration of John Randall’s report on the issue.

The terms of reference for the review are:

Part 1: to consider the options for replacing the current arrangements for determining changes to police officer pay for 2007 and make recommendations on this. The conclusions and recommendations in part 1 are to be framed so as to inform part 2 of the review.

Part 2: to review the effectiveness of the negotiating machinery for the police, including the Police Negotiating Board and the Police Staff Council, and make recommendations for how police pay and other conditions of service should be determined. The review must consider the option of a pay review body for police pay and consider the impact of any proposal for determining police officer pay on the negotiating machinery for police officers.

Both parts of the review must take account of the need for arrangements to reflect and support the following:

The future requirements of the service for the effective and efficient delivery of policing services;

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motivation and morale; recruitment and retention rates; and overall affordability.Government policy on public sector pay and the broader economic and employment context, and consistency with the achievement of the inflation target of 2 per cent.The need to enable wider police workforce developments, including proper reward and recognition arrangements.Arrangements for pay determination in other parts of the public sector.

Part 1 should report no later than February 2007; and Part 2 in autumn 2007.

Poverty: Northern Ireland

Lord Rooker: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Peter Hain) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

The Government are committed to tackling poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland.

On 13 November, I published Lifetime Opportunities—Government’s Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Strategy for Northern Ireland. This follows extensive public consultation on the future direction of new targeting social need (new TSN) policy in Northern Ireland and the results of an independent evaluation of new TSN.

The new strategy will aim to:

End child poverty by 2020. Based on the estimate of approximately 130,000 children in relative income poverty in 1998-99, this means lifting 65,000 children out of poverty by 2010, on the way to eradication by 2020; andWork towards eliminating poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland by 2020.

It will retain some important elements of its predecessor new TSN, such as promoting social inclusion (PSI) and the principle of targeting resources and effort within programmes at those areas, groups and individuals in greatest objective need. Significant changes include the introduction of a new structure, based on four key life cycles highlighting the important issues impacting on a person at these different stages of their life and a goal for each highlighting what Government wish to achieve.

The commitment to end child poverty is in line with the UK target of halving child poverty by 2010, with a view to eradicating child poverty by 2020.

A key feature of the strategy will be the establishment of a ministerial-led inter-departmental, cross-sectoral forum to monitor progress. Subject to the establishment of a Northern Ireland Executive, it is intended that the forum will be chaired by my honourable friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, David Hanson MP, who has lead responsibility for taking forward work to tackle poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland.

Copies of Lifetime Opportunities have been placed in the Libraries and is also available at www.ofmdfmni .gov.uk/central-anti-poverty-unit.



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Pre-Budget Report

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr Gordon Brown) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I propose to present the Pre-Budget Report to the House of Commons on Wednesday 6 December.

Regional Development: Yorkshire Forward

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions (Margaret Hodge) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have decided to appoint the new board members listed at annexe A and to reappoint the board members listed at annexe B. All the new appointments will be for three years. The reappointment of Nic Dakin will also be for three years, while that of Stella Guy will be for two years.

The new appointments and the reappointment of Nic Dakin will begin on 14 December 2006 and expire on 13 December 2009. The reappointment of Stella Guy will begin on 14 December 2006 and expire on 13 December 2008.

I have placed further details of both the new appointments and reappointments in the Libraries of both Houses. All were made in accordance with the code of practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Annexe A: New Appointments
Regional Development AgencyName

Yorkshire Forward

Michael Arthur

Jonathan Metcalfe

John Weighell

All appointments commence on 14 December 2006
Annexe B: Reappointments
Regional Development AgencyName

Yorkshire Forward

Nic Dakin

Stella Guy

All reappointments commence on 14 December 2006

Roads: Roadside Facilities

Lord Davies of Oldham: My honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport (Dr Stephen Ladyman) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

I have today launched a public consultation on roadside facilities on England's strategic road network. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and comprises a call for evidence on a number of issues for consideration, with a view to improving services for road users. In particular, the document seeks views on:

the location of motorway service areas (MSAs), determining the need for such sites and the spacing interval between them;

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facilities at MSAs—the type of facilities, how they are signed and their standards;service areas on trunk roads;motorway picnic areas;lorry parking; andthe provision and use of lay-bys.

Following the public consultation, new draft guidance will be issued for consideration before the final new policy is published.

Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Libraries.

Social Enterprise

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My honourable friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office is today publishing the Social Enterprise Action Plan: Scaling new heights.

There are at least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK, generating a turnover of more than £27 billion and contributing more than £8 billion to GDP a year.

Since the launch of the government social enterprise strategy in 2002, the Government have created a new legal form, the community interest company; improved business support and advice and the availability of finance; and supported the establishment of the Social Enterprise Coalition to provide a unified voice for the sector to work with Government in raising the profile of social enterprise.

Building on this progress, the action plan is about creating the conditions for social enterprises to thrive as part of a next phase of support, and sets out the Government's role to take actions forward as part of their continuing commitment to social enterprise.

This action plan commits us to:

fostering a culture of social enterprise, by building the evidence and raising awareness of the impact of social enterprise, and promoting successful role models to attract new entrants, customers, financiers and support providers;ensuring that the right information and advice are available to those running social enterprises so that they can gain access to appropriate support to maximise their business performance and, in turn, their social impact;enabling social enterprises to access appropriate finance, by tackling barriers that might prevent investors from supporting social enterprises, or social enterprises from seeking financial support;enabling social enterprises to work with government, where they can offer public benefits in the markets they operate in, ensuring that policy-makers and commissioners are aware of the role they can play.

Copies of the action plan have been placed in the Library for the reference of noble Lords and are also available in the Printed Paper Office. The action plan is also available on the Cabinet Office website at www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/thirdsector.



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Taxation: United Kingdom and Macedonia

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My right honourable friend the Paymaster General (Dawn Primarolo) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.



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A new double taxation agreement with Macedonia was signed on 8 November 2006. After signature, the text of the agreement was deposited in the Libraries of both Houses and made available on the HM Revenue and Customs website. The text of the agreement will be scheduled to a draft Order in Council and laid before the House of Commons in due course.


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