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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 Randalls report on the issue.
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.
On 13 November, I published Lifetime OpportunitiesGovernments 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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;
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.
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.
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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