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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Modernisation

Mr. Winnick: To ask the President of the Council if she will bring forward proposals to the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons to consolidate the Vote Bundle and parts 1 and 2 of the Order Book into one gathered document bundle. [145622]

Mrs. Beckett: I have no immediate plans to make such proposals. I am advised that the current arrangements are generally thought to work well and allow for economies in the House's printing costs. Nonetheless, should my hon. Friend have any particular concerns, he may like to contact the Deliverer of the Vote, who is always prepared to deal sympathetically with individual right hon. and hon. Members about the delivery of papers in the form that best suits them.

SCOTLAND

Official Publications

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02. [141446]

Dr. Reid [holding answer 11 December 2000]: Spending on official publications by The Scottish Office between 1996 and 30 June 1999 was as follows:

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£
1996-97(16)733,804
1997-981,390,895
1998-991,523,012
1999(17)206,182

(16) Excludes Historic Scotland: details not available

(17) 30 June 1999

The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. Expenditure on official publications during 1999-2000 was £1,145; expenditure in 2000-01 to date is £4,480; and expenditure in 2001-02 is expected to be £6,000.


Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication. [141470]

Dr. Reid [holding answer 11 December 2000]: A copy of the list of new publications issued by The Scottish Office between 1997 and 30 June 1999 has been placed in the Library.

High Court of Justiciary

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his responsibilities in relation to the High Court of Justiciary as a criminal court of first instance and of appeal. [142391]

Dr. Reid: I have no responsibilities in relation to the High Court of Justiciary. The operation of this Court is devolved. However, under the Scotland Act 1998 the continued existence of the High Court as a criminal court of first instance and of appeal is a reserved matter. That Act also provides that the Lord President of the Court of Session--who is also Lord Justice General of the High Court of Justiciary--and the Lord Justice Clerk are to be appointed by The Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01, (i) her Department's total spending on advertising campaigns, (ii) the cost of each individual advertising campaign and (iii) the criteria that were established to gauge the effectiveness of each campaign; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of each campaign based on these criteria. [142714]

Dr. Reid: Details of advertising campaigns produced by the Scottish Office in the period 1996-30 June 1999 are as follows:

£
1996-97
Pre-School Vouchers751,195
Right to Buy227,645
Severe Weather101,718
Children's Panels113,282
Crime Prevention475,793
Electoral Registration63,268
Fire Prevention329,181
Food Safety629,968
Organ Donors42,677
Road Safety310,090
3,044,817
1997-98
Bogus Callers37,000
Childrens Hearings176,250
Continence Campaign2,900
Daily Record Health Supplements (NHS Green Paper)79,700
Electoral Registration70,000
Fire Prevention323,800
Food Safety21,100
Historic Scotland352,000
Organ Donors41,300
Referendum Reminder420,000
Road Safety383,300
Severe Weather46,000
1,953,350
1998-99
Children's Panels112,300
Daily Record Health Supplement (NHS White Paper)77,000
Democratising Scotland248,500
Domestic Violence630,700
Electoral Registration41,000
Fire Prevention225,000
Food Safety21,150
Fostering97,400
Further Education70,000
Historic Scotland410,000
Local Government Commission78,000
Nursing Recruitment258,300
Pharmacy Point of Dispensing53,200
Police Graduate Recruitment9,500
Scottish Parliament Campaign1,785,000
Teacher Recruitment4,200
4,121,250
1999-2000 (30 June)
Census Rehearsal9,993
Scotland's Parliament548,305
European Elections32,028
Road Safety (June) Foolspeed81,822
672,148

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Pre and post quantitative and qualitative research were undertaken regularly on campaigns to measure their effectiveness. This demonstrated that most campaigns measured exceeded the targets set. Lessons learned from such research were noted for subsequent campaign planning.

No advertising campaigns have been produced by the Scotland Office since it was established on 1 July 1999.

Agrimonetary Compensation

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received from the National Farmers Union of Scotland about agrimonetary compensation. [145088]

Dr. Reid: None.

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has made to Her Majesty's Treasury to ensure that agrimonetary compensation is paid automatically each year. [145089]

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Dr. Reid: None. Representations on this matter would be for the agricultural departments.

WALES

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01, (i) his Department's total spending on advertising campaigns, (ii) the cost of each individual advertising campaign and (iii) the criteria that were established to gauge the effectiveness of each campaign; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of each campaign based on these criteria. [142721]

Mr. Paul Murphy: My Department runs no publicity campaigns and hence has spent nothing on advertising since its creation in July 1999. Its predecessor Department--the Welsh Office--spent £1,795,000 in 1996-97, £2,661,000 in 1997-98, and £2,685,000 in 1998-99. All the individual campaigns are evaluated separately taking into account effectiveness and value for money. Details could be given only at disproportionate cost.

Job Losses (Manufacturing)

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly concerning job losses in the manufacturing industry in Wales. [144061]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I regularly discuss a wide range of issues with the First Secretary, including manufacturing industry in Wales.

Job losses are always unwelcome. However, the Government continue to work closely with the National Assembly to secure the future of manufacturing industry in Wales. The success of the Government's policies aimed at achieving sustained growth, sound public finances and stable inflation have provided the business sector with a sound platform from which to invest in the long-term future of Wales.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

New Deal (Greater London)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the progress being made under the New Deal policy in the Greater London area. [143532]

Ms Jowell: Across the Greater London area, 32,338 young people have found work helped by the New Deal to date. Additionally, over 10,000 people have found work in London through the New Deal 25 plus programme and other New Deal programmes are assisting additional groups such as older workers, disabled people and lone parents.

In Tooting, there have been 1,016 starts on New Deal 18-24 since the beginning of New Deal to October 2000. 409 young people have found employment helped by New Deal and 254 have gained valuable work experience and

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training via the Full Time Education and Training option (169), Voluntary Sector option (45) and Environmental Task Force option (40).


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