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Written Answers

Wednesday, 2nd December 1998.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

Baroness Pitkeathley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they have taken to develop their approach to sustainable development and environmental protection.[HL136]

Baroness Amos: We published a policy statement on the environment Eliminating World Poverty: Why The Environment Matters today. This follows up the White Paper on International Development and explains our approach to environmental protection and sustainable development. The Statement invites comments on our approach. I will place copies in the Library of the House.

Modernising Justice

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

    If they intend to publish a White Paper on Modernising Justice.[HL143]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): I have today laid before Parliament a White Paper on Modernising Justice. Copies of the White Paper and accompanying Press Notice have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Rights of Audience: Response to Consultation

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What responses the Government have received to their consultation paper Rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation; the way ahead.[HL144]

The Lord Chancellor: The Government received 100 responses to the consultation paper. Of these 64 were in favour of the Government's proposals, 12 were opposed, 11 were neutral or did not comment, and 13 were mixed. Copies of the responses have today been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, and the Supreme Court library, omitting the six responses which were made in confidence. The responses were carefully analysed and taken into account in the development of our proposals on rights of audience, which are contained in the Modernising Justice White Paper published today. The respondents are listed below (those who responded in confidence are not listed):

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Those involved in the current statutory procedure:


    Lord Justice Potter, Chairman, on behalf of ACLEC


    The Director General of Fair Trading


    Professor Lee Bridges (member of ACLEC) The Judiciary


    The Lords Justices of Appeal


    The Justices of the High Court


    The Council of HM Circuit Judges


    The Association of District Judges


    The Lord Ackner


    Lord Justice Buxton


    Mr. Justice Holland


    Mr. Justice Sedley


    Mr. Justice Carnwath


    Mr. Justice Lloyd


    HH John Gower QC Members of Parliament


    Austin Mitchell MP The Bar


    The General Council of the Bar


    The Council of the Inns of Court


    The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry


    The Employed and Non-Practising Bar Association


    The London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association


    The Official Referees Bar Association


    The Personal Injuries Bar Association


    The South Eastern Circuit


    The North Eastern Circuit Barristers in private practice, or unspecified


    David Blunt QC


    Martin Edwards


    Nicholas Forwood QC


    Richard King


    Stuart Lovering


    Liam Murchin


    Chris Purnell


    Alec Samuels


    Robert Spicer


    Robert Wright QC Employed or non-practising barristers


    James Birkin


    Edward Bowles (Crown Prosecutor)


    Robert Christie


    Angela Delbourgo


    Richard Hill


    Keith Loney


    Anne Moore-Williams (Law Commission)


    Jeremy White

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    Solicitors


    The Law Society


    The Law Society Group for Solicitors with Disabilities


    The London Solicitors Litigation Association


    The Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates


    The Young Solicitors' Group and the Trainee Solicitors' Group


    The London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association Solicitors' Firms


    Clifford Chance


    Geoffrey Parker Bourne


    Lovell White Durrant


    Norton Rose


    Slaughter and May


    Thompsons


    White Dalton


    Herbert Smith Individual Solicitors


    Christopher Bright (Linklaters)


    Hardeep Singh Nahal (Herbert Smith)


    Gary Summers (Magrath & Co) Legal Executives


    The Institute of Legal Executives Individual Legal Executives


    Miss C. Abbs


    Stuart Blake


    Jeremy Chaplin Private Individuals


    Marion Heath


    Arthur Oakes


    John Randall


    Anthony Zachary Companies employing lawyers


    James R. Knowles


    KPMG Tax Advisers Teachers of Law


    Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (Professor S. H. Bailey)


    Nottingham Law School (Professor Peter Jones and Professor Philip Knott)


    The Association of Law Teachers (John Hodgson)


    The College of Law (Professor Nigel Savage)


    Inns of Court School of Law (Susan Blake)


    Alistair Kelman


    Alan Taylor Legal Organisations


    The Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors


    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers


    The British Legal Association

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    The Civil Court Users Association


    The Crown Prosecution Service


    The Justices' Clerks' Society


    The Legal Action Group


    The Legal Services Ombudsman Other Organisations and Bodies


    The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents


    The Consumers' Association


    The Institute of Chartered Accountants


    The Institute of Credit Management


    The Joint Committee for Ethnic Minorities in Wales


    The Metropolitan Police


    The National Federation of Consumer Groups


    The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education


    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


    The Trades Union Congress

Education: Additional Funding

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide a breakdown of how £19 billion extra funding for education over three years has been and is proposed to be allocated.(HL35)

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The £19 billion represents the additional funding for education across the UK over the next three years. The table shows the details.

£ billion, UK1998-991999-002000-012001-02
Planned spending on education38.241.244.747.8
Additional funding in each year over 1998-99 levels--3.06.59.6
Total additional over three years-- 19.1

The additional £19 billion means that spending on education will rise by more than 5 per cent. each year in real terms over the next three years. This is the fulfilment of the Government's pledge that education would be its number one priority and that it will increase the share of national income spent on education.

The funds will be used to:


    ensure a major boost to standards of literacy and numeracy by age 11;


    cut truancy and exclusion by a third;


    boost pupil attainment at age 16;


    increase access to further and higher education;


    raise levels of attainment at all levels post-16, and increase the proportion of those from lower income households staying on in education.

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Among the measures to achieve these ambitious goals, the Government will:


    introduce a new Sure Start programme to give young children the best start in life;


    fund a major numeracy campaign in primary schools to complement the National Literacy Strategy;


    double capital spending on schools compared with the start of this Parliament;


    a big increase in the Standards Fund;


    make resources available to deliver our pledge on reducing class sizes 18 months ahead of schedule;


    increase access funds and pilot an education maintenance allowance for those aged 16-18;


    introduce a new pupil support grant to combat truancy and exclusion;


    invest in the National Grid for Learning to link schools electronically and bring their IT into the 21st century;


    increase participation in further and higher education.

Details of spending plans will be set out as usual in the spring in the departmental reports for DfEE, the Scottish Office, the Welsh Office and the Northern Ireland Office.

Teachers: Fast-track Dismissals

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many teachers have been dismissed using the fast-track system announced in the summer of 1997.[HL36]

Baroness Blackstone: I refer to the oral reply made on 14 May this year by my noble friend, Lord Whitty,

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in response to a similar question from the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch. Individual employers of school staff hold records of staff dismissed and the procedures under which they are dismissed, and the information is not collected centrally. The National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) was due to report this autumn on the progress in the implementation and monitoring of the outline capability procedures drawn up last year by the ACAS working group. The progress report from NEOST is expected shortly.


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