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Civil Defence Regulations

Lord Glenarthur asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Following consultation with local authorities, we decided not to make any changes to the regulations (which were introduced on 1 August 1993 not 1994) for the time being. A further review will be carried out in about two years' time after local government reorganisation.

Chief executives of local authorities were advised of the decision on 17 March 1995.

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Higher Education: Funding

Baroness Lockwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the gross funding for teaching in each of the higher education institutions and whether they will indicate what the corresponding funding would be if uniform units of resource were applied to the various academic subject areas adopted by the funding councils in their resourcing systems.

Lord Lucas: Information is not available in the form requested. The Government's policy is to encourage diversity in colleges and universities; the Higher Education Funding Council for England's funding arrangements allow for this diversity and are not based on uniform units of resource. The HEFCE Circular 6/95 gives details of the council's funding for teaching in each of the English higher education institutions for 1995–96, and I have arranged for a copy to be placed in the Library. I have asked the chief executive of the HEFCE to write to the noble Baroness to give her such other relevant information as they have available.

Courts in London: Resource Allocation

Lord Jenkin of Roding asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list in the Official Report in tabular form, the figures for each of the years 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, for area cost adjustment taken into account in the calculation of grants for the Courts Service in London (the Crown Courts and County Courts), the Probation Service in London, the Legal Aid Board in London, the magistrates' courts in Inner London and the magistrates' courts in Outer London.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The method of allocating resources to the Inner London Magistrates' Courts Service, the Legal Aid Board in London and London area probation services does not involve the use of area cost adjustments. The method of allocating resources in the Court Service is not based on grants. The area cost adjustment factor for the Outer London Magistrates' Courts Committees in 1993–94 was 1.10881 and in 1994–95 it was 1.112385. In 1995–96 the revenue grant allocation formula does not use area cost adjustments.

Cones Hotline: Operating Costs

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the average cost of handling each call to the cones hotline in the financial years 1993–94 and

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    1994–95; and the average cost of follow-up action on those calls.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): This is an operational matter for the Highways Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, to write to the noble Lord.

Letter to Lord Harris of Greenwich from the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, dated 3/7/95.

You asked what was the average cost of handling each call to the cones hotline in the financial years 1993–94 and 1994–95, and the average cost of follow-up action on those calls. As this is an operational matter for the Highways Agency, I have been asked to reply.

Separate costs for running the cones hotline are not available for 1993–94, as calls were then routed through the Department of Transport's general enquiry number. During 1994–95, the cones hotline was operated on a dedicated local call rate number at a cost of approximately £5,000. Other running costs are not easily identifiable since they were met within budgets agreed before the hotline was established. Our estimate of the average cost of handling each call in 1994–95 is £2.22. No figures are available for the average cost of follow-up action in 1993–94 and 1994–95.

Export Licence Applications

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will break down the figure of 97,842 applications for export licences, given by the President of the Board of Trade (HC Deb, 13th June 1995, col. 597), into the most convenient categories.

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): The required information is as follows:

Arms and military equipment 11,644
Firearms 5,946
Cryptographic equipment 1,627
Computers 62,312
Nuclear materials 1,190
Nuclear facilities 133
Nuclear materials (bulk licences) 21
Industrial 4,626
Industrial (bulk licences) 122
Non-ferrous scrap 347
Ferrous scrap 167
Aluminium waste/scrap 715
Antiques (over 50 years) 3,257
Antiques (under 50 years) 3,265
EC/US steel 2,470
Total 97,842

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