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The November 2007 baseline budget for the project was £214 million. This was increased to £246 million owing to the transfer of £28 million from the project budget for the F10 Bridge-the huge land bridge that will form part of the roof of the venue-and increases in scope to allow for enhanced community use of the venue in legacy.
Lord Brett: The total level of UK official development assistance in each year between 1970 and 2008 is published in the Department for International Development's (DfID) publication, Statistics on International Development, 2009 available via the DfID website at www.dfid.gov.uk
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): Items of mail are recorded by weight and are not individually counted. Over the period 1 October 2008 to 30 September 2009 British Forces Post Office dispatched a total of 1,166,257 kgs of mail to mainland Europe.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Government's Co-ordinated Prostitution Strategy, published in July 2006, aims to challenge the view that street prostitution is inevitable, achieve an overall reduction in street prostitution and reduce all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
To achieve these objectives we have updated guidance on safeguarding children from sexual exploitation to prevent children from becoming involved in prostitution.
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In November 2008 the Government published Tackling the Demand for Prostitution: A Review and following the review's recommendations has included a number of measures in the Policing and Crime Bill aimed at reducing the demand for prostitution. These measures are; a new offence of paying for sex with someone who has been subject to exploitative conduct, amendments to the offence of kerb crawling to allow police to arrest someone the first time they solicit prostitutes in public places, and closure orders which would allow premises associated with certain prostitution or pornography-related offences to be closed for up to six months. The Bill also includes a measure to create a new rehabilitative order as a punishment for loitering or soliciting for the purposes of prostitution to help prostitutes find a way out of prostitution.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent in England and Wales in each of the past five years on public information programmes relating to: (a) poor air quality; (b) alcohol abuse; (c) drug abuse; (d) road traffic accidents; (e) obesity; and (f) smoking. [HL5774]
Baroness Crawley: This information is not collected centrally. Each government department, agency and NDPB is responsible for setting its own communications priorities and outputs, and each Secretary of State is responsible to Parliament.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have prepared a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed new high speed rail link from Scotland to London; and, if not, whether and when they plan to do so. [HL5664]
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): High Speed Two has been asked to help consider the case for high speed rail services from London to Scotland and, as a first stage, the company will report by the end of this year with a detailed proposal for a new line between London and the West Midlands.
High Speed Two will also provide advice on the potential development of a high speed line beyond the West Midlands, at the level of broad "corridors", in particular (but not exclusively) the potential for the new line to extend to the conurbations of Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provided to each of the sector skills councils in each of the past three years for which figures are available; and how many staff each of them employs. [HL5627]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Department for Business,
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|Sector Skills Council||Funding in 2006-07 £000||Funding in 2007-08 £000||Funding in 2008-09 £000||Staffing as at 30 June 2009|
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