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Mr. Ian McCartney: As a result of the Government's forward expenditure plans spending on treatment services, including those providing detoxification, will rise from £234 million this year to £401 million in 2003-04. The National Treatment Agency, which will be established from April 2001, will be responsible for a pooled budget to expand drug treatment provision and for ensuring the delivery of high quality services across the country. It will ensure that those requiring treatment are able to access services regardless of their route of referral.
Kate Hoey: My Department's Public Service Agreement includes a target to raise significantly, year on year, the average time spent on sport and physical activity of all those aged six to 16. Sport England has agreed to include in its Funding Agreement with the Department a target to increase women's regular participation in sport from 24 per cent. in 1996 to 30 per cent. in 2002.
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Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance his Department (a) has given to Conference League football clubs to establish youth development programmes and (b) plans to give to Conference League football clubs to establish full-time youth academies. 
Mr. Baker: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will give a breakdown of the costs of car hire for each of the last three years for each judges' lodgings; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Lock: The Open Government White Paper (July 1993), under which access to public records relating to the royal family is determined, provides that such records are treated in the same way as all other records and only closed for longer than 30 years if they fall into one of the three criteria governing closure (Para. 9.2). Guidance on the length of time that royal records remain closed to the public is under review in the light of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the procedures for challenging abuse of public funds through the maladministration of legal aid. 
Mr. Lock: If a litigant believes that their opponent should not have been granted public funding, they can make representations to the Legal Services Commission. If the Commission agrees that, in the light of new information, the case no longer meets the qualifying criteria, it will move to discharge or revoke the certificate. The funded client has an opportunity to argue against the withdrawal of funding, and a formal right of appeal, after which the Commission's decision is final.
If, after this, the unassisted party still believes that funding should not have been granted and that the Commission's decision was wrong, they can make a complaint to the Commission and ask for compensation. They can also (as with all public bodies) ask their MP to refer a complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. If the Commission or the Parliamentary Commissioner finds that there was maladministration, the Commission will offer compensation for any losses that are attributable to it.
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Mr. Beith: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food where his Department's pre-1983 maps of less favoured areas are held; and if they are accessible for examination by members of the public. 
Mr. Morley: Prior to 1983, less-favoured areas were designated as those areas falling within or partly within the parishes listed in the annexe to Council Directive 75/268/EEC, as amended by Commission Decisions 76/685/EEC and 82/656/EEC. Copies of European legislation are available from local libraries.
Mr. Baker: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evidence his Department has procured on the possible correlation between seal populations and the decline in fish stocks. 
Mr. Morley: Previous research funded by this Department and undertaken by the Sea Mammal Research Unit indicates that the bulk of seals' diet consists of juvenile fish. Given the high rates of natural mortality for these species, there is no evidence to indicate that seals are having a significant impact on particular stocks or the catches available to commercial fishermen.
However, in view of renewed concerns, I have asked the SMRU to update this research. They are currently undertaking a project ending in September 2003, which focuses on grey seal diet in the North Sea. In addition, the Department is supporting a project to develop a computer model that will predict the impact of grey seals on fish stocks in the future. This work has just entered its final phase: results are expected in October 2002.
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