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The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): Now that Remploy has published its report and accounts for 1997 and audited figures are available, I am, on behalf of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment delighted to confirm that Remploy has exceeded its 1996-97 APA targets. The targets and achievements are listed in the following table. Copies of Remploy's 1997 annual report and accounts are available in the Library.
|The average number of disabled people employed by Remploy:||at least 9,400||9,662|
|Average number of disabled people employed under the Interwork scheme:||at least 2,400||2,704|
|The number of disabled employees to move from Remploy factories to Interwork having been employed there for at least 1 year, or from Interwork or factories to open employment:||at least 175||182|
|Remploy will keep within a unit cost target (operating deficit per disabled worker) of:||£10,170||£9,967|
|The unit cost of Interwork to be no more than:||£4,540||£4,230|
|Remploy to keep within an operating deficit (including reorganisation costs) of:||£99 million||£98.9 million|
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Information concerning the annual cost to the National Health Service of treating active male homosexuals is not collected. The total amount allocated for all HIV/AIDS treatment and care in 1997-98 in England was £199.6 million and in Scotland was £9.6 million. The amount spent on AIDS in male homosexuals cannot be separately identified. Details of annual expenditure on HIV/AIDS related treatment and care for Wales and Northern Ireland are not available.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): The Government have studied very carefully the statement made by President Clinton on 8 November concerning the actions he proposes to take in the light of the recent Special Report of the US Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. We will closely monitor the implementation of these actions as part of our ongoing close co-operation with the US authorities, in order to ensure that our handling of British Gulf veterans' health concerns benefits from the US experience. As set out in our policy statement Gulf Veterans' Illnesses: A New Beginning, published on 14 July this year, the Government are committed to ensuring that all British Gulf veterans receive appropriate medical help and financial provision with the minium delay.
Lord Gilbert: The Ministry of Defence continues to use RAF flights to transport special nuclear material to the United States under the provisions of the 1958 UK/US agreement for co-operation on the uses of atomic energy for mutual defence purposes. The term, special nuclear material, encompasses materials such as plutonium tritium and highly-enriched uranium. These movements do not contravene the non-proliferation treaty. All such movements are carried out in accordance with stringent safety procedures. In the more than 40 years that the UK has been a nuclear power, there has never been a transportation accident in the UK that has posed any radiation hazard to the public.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): A direct comparison between the approach of the convention institutions in determining what is a public authority in Clause 6 of the Human Rights Bill is not appropriate, because the convention institutions will consider whether an alleged violation engages the responsibility of the United Kingdom itself, as a state party to the convention, rather than any particular public authority. Nevertheless, the Human Rights Bill is designed to enable a person to invoke the convention rights in the United Kingdom against any public authority in respect of whose actions the United Kingdom is answerable before the convention institutions.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The jurisprudence of the convention institutions contains no statement of general principle as to what constitutes a public authority for the purpose of Article 8. Bodies which the convention institutions have treated as public authorities for the purposes of Article 8 in cases against the United Kingdom, include the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Security Service, the police, prison authorities and local authorities.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): No. Until 1985 the Government made grants of £30,000 a year to the European Movement. These were phased out over nine years, and the last grant of £10,000 was paid in January 1994.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): For academic session 1997-98, the maximum standard maintenance grant payable under the students' allowances scheme to students undertaking a normal 30 week full-time university degree or equivalent course and living outwith the parental home is £1,685. In addition, they are entitled to a student loan of £1,685 and reimbursement of necessary travel costs in excess of £70.
Lord Sewel: For academic session 1997-98, the maximum standard maintenance grant payable under the students' allowances scheme to students undertaking a normal 30 week full-time university degree or equivalent course and living in the parental home is £1,290. In addition, they are entitled to a student loan of £1,290.
Lord Sewel: Work is progressing on the development of an improved method of appraising trunk road schemes and on reviewing the scope for achieving improved value for money from trunk road expenditure, including that allocated to repairs, maintenance and minor schemes. The revised appraisal method will reflect the Government's criteria of economy, safety, environmental impact, accessibility and integration. This will be the subject of public consultation during the first half of 1998 and, thereafter, it is expected that the outcome of the review will be announced in the Summer of 1998. Decisions on the major road schemes to be undertaken in future will be made following the review, except in the case of those schemes identified at the outset of the review for earlier consideration, the M.8 Baillieston-Shotts and the Kincardine Bridge.
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