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Lord Gilbert: The Ministry of Defence is fully committed to promoting within the Armed Forces an environment which is free from harassment and racial discrimination. As part of our efforts to further that commitment, we have decided to begin monitoring the ethnic origin of members of the reserve forces. Monitoring began on 1 April and will cover all those who are in service and all those who join the reserve forces in future. Altogether, we expect around 68,000 members of the reserve forces to be included in the survey. The services are writing to units and individuals to invite them to take a full part in it.
The initiative we are taking underlines the commitment that the Armed Forces have made to ensure that every serviceman and woman enjoys equal opportunities irrespective of their race. The methodology we shall follow for monitoring the reserves is based closely on that which is already in use for the regular Armed Forces. The statistical information derived from monitoring will allow the reserve force managers to analyses recruitment, retention and promotion and other trends; and it will enable them to develop and pursue policies which ensure that racial discrimination of any kind is eradicated from the reserves.
The reserve forces involved are principally those which recruit directly from civilian life. Specifically they are the Royal Naval Reserve; the Royal Marines Reserve; the Territorial Army; the Royal Auxiliary Air Force; the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training; the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve University Air Squadron; and volunteers to the Royal Air Force Reserve.
Because our reserves are recruited locally, and because many of them serve part-time, we do not expect the first statistics from the survey to be available until towards the end of this year. Thereafter the information will be available quarterly.
Lord Gilbert: General Ismail Hakki Karadayi visited the United Kingdom between 22 and 25 March. During his visit he had meetings with the Secretary of State for Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of the General Staff and the Chief of the Air Staff. A wide range of issues of mutual interest were discussed.
Lord Gilbert: Information on the proportions of the UK's defence effort, in both financial and manpower terms, that is devoted to collaboration with particular nations or international organisations is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The UK, the USA and Canada are NATO members; there is no formal relationship between NATO and Australia and New Zealand.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): In Scotland the 5-14 curriculum including national testing, is non-statutory and national tests are carried out at five levels of attainment (A to E) for pupils between those ages in mathematics, reading and writing. There is
As part of the initiative to raise standards in Scottish schools, the Government will seek in June 1998 the following information from each publicly funded primary and secondary school in Scotland: the number of pupils in P3, P5, P6 and P7 (Primary) and in S2 (Secondary); the number of pupils at each of these stages who have achieved each of the five levels in national tests by June 1998 for each of reading, writing and mathematics.
As to publication of data in future, we are committed to making more information on performance available to parents and schools. The Ministerial Action Group on Standards in Scottish Schools has been asked to look at how the present published information can be improved, taking into account the development of target setting.
The figures are taken from Public Expenditure to 1985-86--A Commentary on the Scotland Programme. The programmes shown are not directly comparable with current programmes. There have been changes in the Secretary of State's responsibilities over the years, and local government expenditure was not separately identified at that time.
|£ million cash||£ million 1997-98 prices|
|Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Forestry||82||288|
|Industry, Energy, Trade and Employment||73||257|
|Other Environmental Services||334||1,175|
|Law, Order and Protective Services||172||605|
|Education, Science, Arts and Libraries||833||2,931|
|Health and Social Work||883||3,106|
|Other Public Services||46||162|
|Total Other Services||3,079||10,832|
|Total expenditure within the Secretary of State's responsibility||3,234||11,377|
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