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Baroness Blackstone: All young people who join the New Deal for 18-24 year olds will be claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, which requires them to be available for and actively seeking work. The New Deal for 18-24 year olds is about identifying and responding to individual circumstances. During the gateway, which can last for up to four months, young unemployed people can receive help from specialist agencies to tackle such exceptional problems as homelessness. They will also receive support from their New Deal adviser who will be able to help them make appropriate choices about the steps they should take to increase their employability and find work.
Baroness Blackstone: Young people who have completed an option on the New Deal for 18-24 year olds will be able to receive Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) if they satisfy the normal conditions of entitlement.
Baroness Blackstone: All young people who join the New Deal 18-24 year olds will be claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, which requires them to be available for and actively seeking work. Regulation 73 of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996 (as amended by the Social Security Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1997) sets out the circumstances which constitute good cause for refusing one of the options of the New Deal for 18-24 year olds. Travelling time of more than one hour in either direction will constitute good cause, unless no appropriate placement is available within that time. The list of good cause is not exhaustive and the adjudication officer will take into account any information a claimant makes available to support his or her position. Young people on the New Deal for 18-24 year olds will have their weekly travel costs over the first four pounds met while they are receiving an allowance for taking part in the environment task force or the voluntary sector option. Young people taking part in the full time education and training option will have their travel costs met in full.
Baroness Blackstone: We have in hand a series of measures to ensure that New Deal clients in remote rural areas are not disadvantaged. We have had constructive discussions with the Rural Development Commission, passenger transport authorities and local authorities and practical help will be offered to New Deal clients. Travel allowances and discretionary fares are already on offer and other innovative solutions are being tested.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: As announced in July 1997 HM Customs and Excise is conducting a comprehensive review to examine the effects of alcohol and tobacco fraud and smuggling. The review is now in its final stages and is expected to be completed shortly. The Chancellor will be considering its findings in the run up to the spring Budget.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Government take no collective view of the ethical issues of abortion and have no plans to use Government time for debate on Private Members' Bills on abortion. All Private Members' Bills introduced are judged on their merits at the time and are subject to normal Parliamentary procedure.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): The provisions in the Scotland Bill dealing with the removal of a judge will shortly be considered in another place before they come before their Lordships House. A number of amendments have been proposed to this clause and these are under consideration.
Lord Sewel: Paragraph 1 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Bill is intended to reserve to the Parliament of the United Kingdom competence to legislate about the constitution, subject to the exceptions contained in paragraphs 2 to 5 of that schedule. The reference to "the constitution" is intended to refer to the constitution of the United Kingdom and it is expressly stated to include the Crown, the succession to the Crown and a regency and the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It will however fall to be construed in the light of all of those paragraphs.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Clinton-Davis): The total costs incurred to date by British Coal and the Government on defending the British Coal respiratory disease litigation is approximately £10 million. This is almost entirely British Coal expenditure as the liability transferred from British Coal to the Department of Trade and Industry on 1 January 1998.
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