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Hyundai Plant, Dunfermline

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sewel: No payments of Regional Selective Assistance or of financial assistance from Scottish Enterprise have yet been made to Hyundai. Expenditure by the Scottish Enterprise Network on acquiring, levelling and servicing the Hyundai site totals £13.8 million.

Construction of the new plant is expected to be completed by the end of May. Hyundai has indicated that there may be a delay of up to 12 months in equipping and commissioning the new facility, pending recovery in the financial markets in Korea.

Scotland Bill: Notes on Clauses

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sewel: As is the usual practice, Notes on Clauses will be made available to Members. In addition, notes covering all parts of the Bill, with the exception of Schedule 5, are now available free of charge on the Internet through the Scottish Parliament web site (www.scottish-devolution.org.uk). Notes on Schedule 5 will be made available shortly in the same way. Printed copies of the complete set of Notes on Clauses will also be available for purchase through The Stationery Office bookshops. Revised notes will be made available when the Bill reaches this House.

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Commonwealth Development Corporation

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How their plans for the transformation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation into a public/private partnership are progressing; and by what date they anticipate their realisation.[HL398]

Lord Whitty: Work on the detailed structure of the new public/private partnership has started and is progressing well. The date for creation of the new partnership will depend on how quickly it is possible to secure legislative time.

Zimbabwe: Aid

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will be prepared to allocate additional aid (over and above that already planned for and announced) to Zimbabwe to help that country recover from its present economic crisis; and, if so, how much and on what conditions.[HL399]

Lord Whitty: The International Monetary Fund is discussing with Zimbabwe the measures that are needed to stabilise the economy. British aid, including additional aid for economic reforms, will only be considered in the context of a partnership with Zimbabwe to eliminate poverty.

Uganda: Aid

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:


    What is the amount of:


    (a) bilateral aid; and


    (b) the United Kingdom's share of multilateral aid,


    which is expected to be allocated to Uganda in 1997-98; and how much of that aid will be channelled through the Ugandan Government.[HL402]

Lord Whitty: (a) We expect to disburse approximately £49 million of bilateral development assistance to Uganda in 1997-98. Of this, £19 million will be for budgetary assistance to the Government of Uganda, in the form of reimbursement for expenditure on primary education and other priority areas of the budget. £6.5 million is being committed to an African Development Bank Trust Fund to support debt relief for Uganda under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. Approximately £15 million of our assistance involves support for GoU institutions, which is linked to UK technical assistance and related equipment and other costs funded directly by the Department for International Development. Smaller amounts are being channelled through a variety of non-government organisations and agencies.

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(b) Based on disbursement profiles for previous years, we estimate that total multilateral disbursements to Uganda in 1997 will be in the region of £220 million, with an estimated UK share of approximately £15 million. The bulk of such assistance is likely to be channelled through the Government of Uganda.

Library Services

The Earl of Carlisle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will protect library services for disabled and aged citizens in towns and cities and also in rural areas.[HL74]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government are responsible for ensuring that local library authorities provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service in accordance with the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. Under the terms of the Act, library authorities are responsible for providing library services to those, including the disabled and aged, who live, work or study within their areas. While the Government regret any reductions in library service, the detailed nature of service provision is a matter for each library authority based on local priorities and resources.

Ministers' "Partners": Official Status

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there is a minimum period for which a sexual relationship with a Minister must have lasted for the person concerned to be granted the status of "partner" with the entitlement to benefits hitherto confined to spouses.[HL335]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The principle governing who may accompany a Minister on overseas travel remains unchanged: it must be on official business, clearly in the public interest and with the Prime Minister's prior approval. There are no other criteria.

Stamp Duty on Stock Transfers

Lord Rowallan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are considering abolishing the 50p rate of stamp duty on stock transfers etc. in view of the administrative cost of processing involved, including postage.[HL284]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I have noted the noble Lord's suggestion, which will be borne in mind.

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Petrol Stations: Liquor Licences

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many petrol filling stations in the United Kingdom are licensed to sell liquor.[HL354]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): This information is not collected centrally but it is understood that such licences are relatively rare.

Juveniles: Secure Remand Places

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Jay of Paddington on 26 November 1997 (WA 123), how many additional secure places in local authority accommodation are planned to be made available in England and Wales during the years following 1998.[HL324]

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Government have instituted a review of the whole range of secure accommodation for young offenders and young people held on remand, including the local authority secure estate. The review is examining how to make better use of the existing and planned accommodation to ensure that provision is more consistent and coherent, and that regimes tackle criminality and meet the educational and other needs of these young people. The Government will be considering the outcome of the review, which is due to report shortly, when planning the implementation of these proposals. The review will help inform whether there should be a further expansion of the secure estate.

Maternity Allowance Payments

Baroness Jeger asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many women are receiving maternity allowance of £1,800 a week; and how this amount is divided between the employer and social security funds.[HL92]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The information is not available in the format requested. In 1995-96, the latest tax year for which information is available, the average total

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payment received by the 10 per cent. of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) recipients getting the highest amounts of SMP was £3,570. The average total payment received by the 20 per cent. of SMP recipients getting the lowest amounts was £1,000.

Employers administer the SMP scheme. Larger employers are reimbursed 92 per cent. of the SMP they pay out. Smaller employers, those with gross National Insurance payments of £20,000 a year or less, are reimbursed the full cost of SMP.

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Sources: 1. The Lifetime Labour Market Database (LLMDB) a 1 per cent. sample of the National Insurance Recording System taken at February 1997. 2. Figures are for Great Britain and are rounded to the nearest £10. 3. The number of women who received SMP during 1995-96 is an estimate which excludes those whose claim spans two tax years. It also excludes those who legitimately have more than one SMP claim during the year.



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