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Trident

Baroness Pitkeathley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: The current estimate of the total acquisition cost of the Trident programme, with payments already made expressed at the prices and exchange rates actually incurred and future spend at the rates assumed in the latest long-term costing of the defence programme, the hybrid estimate, is now £9,756 million. Leaving aside the effects of price inflation and exchange rate variation, +£21 million and minus -£1 million respectively, there has been a real cost reduction since last year of £52 million. Expenditure on the Trident acquisition programme to 30 September 1998 represented some 94 per cent. of this estimate. If all expenditure, past and projected, is brought up to the latest long-term costing conditions, the non-hybrid estimate, the estimate is £12,870 million.

Estimate Table (Hybrid)

US £ millionUK £ millionTotal £ million
Previous estimate, July 1998, at 1997-98 economic conditions, £1 = $1.61372,9116,8779,788
Real changes-42-10-52
Price Inflation on unspent balance+5+16+21
Exchange Rate Variation-1n/a-1
Revised Estimate at 1998-99 economic conditions, £1 = $1.62692,8736,8839,756

Estimate Table (Non-Hybrid)

US £ millionUK £ millionTotal £ million
Previous estimate, July 1998, at 1997-98 economic conditions, £1 = $1.61373,4439,07712,520
Real changes-42-10-52
Price Inflation+75+356+430
Exchange Rate Variation-28n/a-28
Revised Estimate at 1998-99 economic conditions, £1 = $1.62693,4489,42312,870

Note:

Figures rounded to nearest £ million, hence any apparent imbalances.

The programme also continues to show an overall reduction in real terms on its original 1982 estimate. This reduction, including the savings resulting from the decision to process missiles at the United States facility at King's Bay, Georgia, now stands at over £3.7 billion at current prices.

The proportion of the estimate for work undertaken in the United Kingdom is a little over 70 per cent.


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Our three in-service Vanguard class submarines have successfully maintained a continuous at-sea deterrent. HMS Vengeance, the fourth of the class, was rolled out last September and is scheduled to enter operational service in two years' time.

Asylum Seekers: Children's Allowances

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will reconsider their proposal that 50 pence per day is adequate support for all children aged between 3 and 18 seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.[HL1925]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): No. We have proposed that children of asylum seekers aged 3 to 16 should receive non-accommodation support to the value of £17.75 per week and that children aged 16 to 18 should receive support to the value of £21.20 per week. Of these amounts, £3.50 per week will be paid in cash and we are satisfied that, by making use of the voucher element as flexible as possible, this will be sufficient to allow children to obtain those relatively few essential living needs which cannot be obtained with vouchers.

The asylum seeker support system is intended to provide basic safety net support for a relatively short period while an asylum application is being considered.

Human Rights Act 1998

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

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Williams of Mostyn on 30 March (WA 27), whether it is their intention to put into force the remaining provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 before the end of the year 2000; and if not, why not.[HL1967]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 30 March, Official Report, col. 27.

Cycling on Pavements: Fixed Penalty

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to bring forward legislation to make cycling on public footpaths a fixed penalty offence.[HL1886]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The order to introduce a fixed penalty for the offence of cycling on the pavement is being drafted and will be laid as soon as possible.

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Criminal Justice Act 1993, Part 1: Entry into Force

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the provisions of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 will come into force.[HL2108]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 extends the jurisdiction of the courts in England and Wales over offences of fraud. A Commencement Order was made on 19 April 1999 to bring the provisions of Part 1 into force on 1 June 1999. Copies of the Commencement Order have been placed in the Library. Similar jurisdiction to that conferred in Part 1 already exists in the common law in Scotland, and my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is making similar provision for Northern Ireland.

Sewage Sludge: Use on Agricultural Land, Scotland

The Earl of Mar and Kellie asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there is any risk to public health in Scotland from the practice of spreading partially treated sewage sludge on agricultural land; and[HL1921]

    Whether they have any plans for investment in sewage sludge treatment plants in Scotland to replace the practice of spreading sewage sludge on agricultural land.[HL1922]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): Research commissioned by the Government and published by the Water Research Centre (WRc) in 1998 indicated that the highest potential risk to health from landspreading of sewage sludge in accordance with the relevant regulations and Code of Practice is in the "small" to "very small" category. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in its report of 1996 has also stated that, "There are no instances in the UK in which a link has been established between the controlled application of sewage sludge and the occurrence of disease in the general population through food or water contamination".

The Government support the outcome of WRc's review and the discussions with stakeholders which has resulted in a range of precautionary changes in the requirements for the use of sewage sludge on agricultural land. The significant changes are phasing out all use of untreated sewage sludge on agricultural land by the end of 2001 and more stringent requirements for the performance of sludge treatment processes (with a distinction drawn between conventional treatment and advanced treatment) coupled with stricter post-application controls when conventionally treated sludge is used.

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All three Scottish water authorities have confirmed that they should meet the deadline of 2001 for the ban on spreading untreated sewage sludge on farmland. The water authorities are therefore planning investment in sewage sludge treatment facilities to comply with the Government's requirements.

From 1 July this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Review and Task Force Reports

Lord Chesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why they decided not to place in the Official Report for 12 April the material produced in answer to the Question tabled by Lord Chesham on 13 January, when answers to similar Questions had previously appeared in the Official Report; and[HL1953]

    Whether they believe that it is in the interest of open government to place Answers to Questions for Written Answer in the Library of the House, where they are not readily accessible to the public, rather than to publish them in the Official Report; and[HL1954]

    Whether they are content that it should take until 31 March to answer a Written Question dated 13 January; and whether they will publish the answer to this question in the Official Report rather than place it in the Library of the House.[HL1955]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): The decision to place the material produced in answer to the Question tabled by the Lord Chesham on 13 January on Task Forces and Reviews in the Library of the House was taken on advice from the Editor of the Official Report (House of Lords). The answer was in tabular form and consisted of 31 pages. On the grounds of cost-effectiveness, it is the normal practice not to print Answers of this length in the Official Report.

However, on this occasion, I am glad to report that it has been agreed with the House authorities that the table will be printed in the Official Report.

As for the length of time that it took to answer this Question, my letter of 31 March to the noble Lord made it clear that I very much regret the length of time it took to answer his Question. The information requested was not held centrally. Officials had to trawl departments for the information, which took a considerable amount of time and indeed effort to produce. To provide the Answer undoubtedly incurred disproportionate cost, but I considered it worthwhile and necessary to produce a full and comprehensive answer.

Reviews and task forces announced since 1 May 1997 which have not yet reported 12 April 1999

Review/task force Department Anticipated report datePreviously announced anticipated report date (where different)
Review of the UK Legislation Controlling the Disposal of Animal WasteMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodFinal report date to be agreed (Consultation Paper on a proposed Animal by-Products Order issued 12 November 1998)Consultation Paper expected Summer 1998
Review of Salmon and Freshwater FisheriesMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodBy end of 1999
Review of the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance SchemeMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodConsultation Paper expected Spring 1999Consultation exercise expected Autumn 1998
Review of Fishing Vessel LicensingMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodBetween April and June 1999December 1998
Review of Nitrate Sensitive AreasMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodApril 1999
Review of Environmentally Sensitive Areas, Stage IVMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodJune 1999
Review of Access Provisions Under the Agri-Environment SchemesMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodBy the end of 1999
Review of Meat and Livestock CommissionMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodBy the end of 1999
Review of Funding Mechanisms for Flood and Coastal DefenceMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodWork on-going. Reporting arrangements yet to be decided
Review of the Buying AgencyCabinet OfficeEarly Summer 1999
Better Regulation Task ForceCabinet OfficeOn-going remit (5 Reports and first annual report have been published) Second annual report due September 1999
Modernising Government Quality Schemes Task forceCabinet OfficeDecember 1999
Review of the Future Funding of the BBCDepartment of Culture, Media and SportJuly 1999
Review of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Government sponsored Museums and GalleriesDepartment of Culture, Media and SportAutumn 1999
Creative Industries Task Force: to look for ways of maximising the economic impact of British goods and services in the creative sectorDepartment of Culture, Media and SportProvides ad hoc advice as and when necessary (Mapping Document into the Creative Industries published in November 1998)
The Football Task Force: established to investigate and recommend new measures to deal with public concern on a number of issues associated with the gameDepartment of Culture, Media and SportReport on the Commercial aspects of the game due to be published by end March 1999 (Eliminating Racism from Football report published 30 March 1998 Improving Facilities for Disabled Supporters report published 29 July 1998 Investing in the Community report published 11 January 1999)
The Film Policy Action Committee: established to take forward the recommendations of the Film Policy ReviewDepartment of Culture, Media and SportDue to complete its work by April 1999
A group of sponsorship experts will assist sports currently in receipt of tobacco sponsorship to find replacement sponsors by: assessing the needs of each sport; offering advice on best practice in establishing commercial relationships with sponsors; and, assist the sports in making links with potential new sponsorsDepartment of Culture, Media and SportWill provide advice directly to affected sports
Review of the Arrangements for Compensating Service personnel (or their Dependants) and for the Payment of Death and Invalidity BenefitMinistry of DefenceNo decision has been taken on the timing of the publication of the outcome
Review of the Armed Forces Pension SchemeMinistry of DefenceEarly Autumn 1999
Review of the Role of TECsDepartment for Education and EmploymentAnnouncement about outcome of the Review due by end March 1999
Review of the National Curriculum for the Year 2000Department for Education and EmploymentApril 1999
Review of Adventure Activities Licensing SchemeDepartment for Education and EmploymentSummer 1999
Review of Teacher Training AgencyDepartment for Education and Employmentend April 1999
Review of Investors in People UKDepartment for Education and Employmentmid April 1999
Review of Scottish Fee Support Department for Education and EmploymentSummer 1999
Disability Rights Task ForceDepartment for Education and EmploymentBy July 1999 (Interim report published 12 June 1998)
Standards Task ForceDepartment for Education and EmploymentOn-going remit with Ministerial reports as appropriate
New Deal Task ForceDepartment for Education and EmploymentOn-going remit with Ministerial reports as appropriate
Skills Task ForceDepartment for Education and EmploymentFirst report published in September 1998. Skills Task Force is now developing a national skills agenda to help to create a better supply and demand match between available and required skillsFinal report to Ministers December 1998
Review of UK Sustainable Development StrategyDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsSpring 1999Late 1998/Early 1999
Review of Railway Safety Standards Arrangements Department of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsInitial report to Ministers in Spring 1999. Scope of the original review has been widenedEnd 1998
Review of Waste Strategy for England and WalesDepartment of the Environment Transport and the RegionsFinal strategy to be published before the end of 1999
Interdepartmental Review of Fuel Poverty Policy including role and operation of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (formerly the Review of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme)Department of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsSpring 1999 (Background paper published October 1998)Autumn 1998
Review of Legislation Relating to Integration within the Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection AgencyDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsAutumn 1999Early 1999
Review of the Secretary of State's Standards of Modern Zoo PracticeDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsMay 1999
Review of Arrangements for Transport SafetyDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsLate 1999
Review of Speed PolicyDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsAutumn 1999
Review of the Highways AgencyDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsSpring 1999
Fundamental Review of the Laws and Procedure relating to Compulsory Purchase and CompensationDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsDecember 1999 (Interim report published on 5 January 1999)
Review of Road Safety Strategy and TargetsDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsAutumn 1999
Transport Sub-Committee: Financial Audit of the New En-route Air Traffic Control Centre at SwanwickDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsSpring 1999
Joint DETR/Environment Agency Task Force on Risk Assessment and Risk Management for Environment ProtectionDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsMay 1999September 1998
Urban Task ForceDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsSpring 1999 (Interim report published 13 January 1999)
The Cowboy Builders' Working Group Department of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsJuly 1999
Cleaner Vehicles Task ForceDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the RegionsSpring 1999
Review of the Environmental Technology Best Practice ProgrammeDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and Department of Trade and IndustryApril 1999
Panel 2000 (Has recently been reclassified as an Advisory Group by the FCO)Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeNot expected to publish a formal report (As anticipated, Panel 2000 published a Consultation Document on 10 September 1998 which contained a number of recommendations. Panel will meet again in late 1999 to evaluate the implementation and progress of the recommendations)
Thoracic Surgical Services ReviewDepartment of HealthApril 1999
United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority ReviewDepartment of HealthMay 1999
Review of the Wheelchair Voucher Scheme and the Provision of Electrical and Indoor WheelchairsDepartment of HealthSpring 1999
Mental Health Act ReviewDepartment of HealthJuly 1999
Review of General Anaesthesia and Sedation with Dental TreatmentDepartment of HealthLate Summer 1999
NHS Efficiency Task ForceDepartment of HealthOn-going remit. Task Force reports as and when necessary
8 Regional Task Forces to Support the Waiting List Action TeamDepartment of HealthOn-going remit. Task Force reports as and when necessary
NHS Task Force on Staff InvolvementDepartment of HealthSpring 1999
Prison Service Quinquennial ReviewHome OfficeReport date yet to be determined
Review of Long-term Future of Prison Service Health Care (including Review of Prison Nursing Services)Home OfficeAnnouncement expected by end March 1999. (Report completed in September 1998)
Review of Prison Investigation StrategyHome OfficeReported to Ministers in Autumn 1998. New procedures expected to be implemented by Summer 1999
Review of the Operation of Release of Prisoners on Temporary LicenceHome OfficeReview is on-going. Final reporting arrangements yet to be determined
Review of the ToteHome OfficeApril 1999
Retail Crime Reduction Action TeamHome OfficeReporting arrangements yet to be determined
Vehicle Crime Reduction Action TeamHome OfficeReport date yet to be determined
Working Party on Electoral ProceduresHome OfficeFull report date yet to be confirmed (Interim report to Home Secretary July 1998)
Prisons--Probation ReviewHome OfficeOutcome of consultation paper published in August 1998 expected shortly
Working Group considering a possible new Offence of Misuse of Public OfficeHome OfficeDuring 1999
Review of Sex OffencesHome OfficeOutcome expected to be announced in December 1999
Human Rights Task ForceHome OfficeReporting arrangements yet to be determined
The Prime Minister's Task Force on the Active CommunityInitially announced by the Prime Minister on 26 March 1998 and subsequently the subject of a speech he made on 21 January 1999 in which he announced the establishment of a working group under the Chairmanship of Lord Warner. The question of a separate task force remains under review.
Review on the United Kingdom's Position Under Various International Human Rights InstrumentsHome Office and Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeOutcome expected to be announced shortlyDuring 1998
Review of Enforcement of Civil Court JudgmentsLord Chancellor's DepartmentReport to Ministers in June 2000
Study and Evaluation of Current Tax Appeals SystemsLord Chancellor's DepartmentNew target date is being considered. (Original target date was deferred to allow the review to take account of the report of the Tax Law Review Committee. A new report date is being considered in the light of re-evaluated work priorities)Report to Ministers September 1998
Review of Lord Chancellor's Department Funding for Marriage Support and Research ServicesLord Chancellor's DepartmentReport to Ministers by Easter 1999. (Timescale changed due to delay in establishing the review)Report to Ministers by end 1998
Ministerial Task Group on Home Buying) (Linked to the review of the Home Buying and Selling Process)Lord Chancellor's DepartmentReported to Ministers in October 1998. Public consultation closes end March 1999Final report to Ministers Autumn 1998
Community Legal Service Quality Task ForceLord Chancellor's DepartmentProgress Report to the Lord Chancellor by end 1999
Review of Welfare Services to the CourtsLord Chancellor's Department, Home Office and the Department of HealthFinal Report to Ministers Late April/Early May 1999 (Consultation Paper published July 1998)Final Report to Ministers February/March 1999
Review of Northern Ireland Drugs StrategyNorthern Ireland OfficeSpring 1999
Review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation SchemeNorthern Ireland OfficeMarch 1999
Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland OfficeDue to report Autumn 1999 (Consultation Paper issued August 1998)
Independent Commission on Policing Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland OfficeSummer 1999
Northern Ireland New Deal Task ForceNorthern Ireland Department of Economic DevelopmentOngoing group which reports regularly on progress on New Deal initiatives
Northern Ireland Skills Task ForceNorthern Ireland Department of Economic DevelopmentTo be decided
Working Group to Plan for a single Northern Ireland Equality CommissionNorthern Ireland Department of Economic DevelopmentFinal reporting arrangements to be decided. (Consultation Paper issued February 1999)
Fundamental Review of the Economic Development Strategy in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Department of Economic DevelopmentSpring/Summer 1999Autumn 1998/Winter 1999
Review of the District Councils' Community Services ProgrammeNorthern Ireland Department of Health and Social ServicesOctober 1999December 1998
Review of the 1993 Strategy for the Support of the Voluntary Sector and for Development in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Department of Health and Social ServicesDecember 1999December 1998
The Northern Ireland Strategy on Alcohol Misuse--A Policy Development ProjectNorthern Ireland Department of Health and Social ServicesApril 1999January 1999
Review of Ambulance Provision in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Department of Health and Social ServicesAutumn 1999April 1999
Review of Cardiology Services in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Department of Health and Social ServicesBy end March 1999December 1998
Policy Review of the Youth Service in Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Department of EducationReview group to put proposals to the Department by end of March 1999 (Report published in October 1998 for consultation)Consultation report to be published at end September
Review to Consider Permanent UK Wide Counter Terrorism LegislationNorthern Ireland and Home OfficeFinal reporting arrangements to be decided (Consultation Paper published on 17 December 1998. Comments to be received by mid March 1999)
Review of the Scottish Roads ProgrammeScottish Office As soon as practicableLate 1998
Review of Rural Water and Sewerage Grant SchemeScottish OfficeSummer 1999 (Review extended to allow necessary research to be undertaken)October 1998
Commission on Local Government and Scottish Parliament (Has recently been reclassified as an Advisory Group by the Scottish Office)Scottish OfficeReport to the first Minister on his/her appointment
Planning Policy Review on Opencast Coal in ScotlandScottish OfficeBefore Easter Recess 1999October 1998
Review of Domestic ViolenceScottish OfficeInterim Report in April 1999
Review of the Law and Practice of Compulsory Purchase and Land CompensationScottish OfficeReport on Phase 2 due by end 1999 (Phase 1 comprising Inception Report and Interim Report completed February 1999)
Committee on review of Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984Scottish OfficeSummer 2000
HIV Health Promotion Review GroupScottish OfficeSpring 1999
Review of Public Health FunctionScottish OfficeDuring 1999
National Review of Health Resource AllocationScottish OfficeJune 1999
Review of Public Health LegislationScottish OfficeSummer 1999
Lord Maclean's Committee on Serious OffendersScottish OfficeDuring 2000
Learning Disability ReviewScottish OfficeDecember 1999
Review of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in ScotlandScottish OfficeSummer 1999
Scottish Advisory Task Force on New DealScottish OfficeOn-going remit. Advises on ad hoc matters and does not report formally
Action Group on Standards in Scottish SchoolsScottish OfficeOn-going remit. Advises on ad hoc matters and does not report formally
Joint COSLA/Scottish Office Best Value Task ForceScottish OfficeOn-going remit. Reports published as necessary
Working Group on Council Tax CollectionScottish OfficeJuly 1999
Coronary Heart Disease Task ForceScottish OfficeJuly 2000
Review of PensionsDepartment of Social SecurityReview on-going. Further announcements in due course (Green Paper published December 1998. Consultation period ends 31 March 1999. Provision for stakeholder pensions and pension sharing on divorce will be made in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill)
Review of the Major Components of the Social Security SystemDepartment of Social SecurityReview on-going. Further announcements in due course (Green Paper published December 1998. Decisions on support for disabled people, bereavement benefits and a single work-focused gateway to the benefits system for working age people will be taken forward in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill)
Review of Child SupportDepartment of Social SecurityReview on-going. Detailed strategy for safeguarding social security to be published shortly. (Green Paper published July 1998)
Review of Fraud StrategyDepartment of Social SecurityReview on-going. Further announcements in due course (Green Paper published July 1998)
Housing Benefit Simplification and Improvement ProjectDepartment of Social SecurityReport date to be decided
Review of New and Renewable EnergyDepartment of Trade and IndustryFirst stage--ending with the publication of a consultation document--will be completed in March 1999By end of December 1998
Review of Company LawDepartment of Trade and IndustrySpring 2001March 2000
Review of the Effect of Insolvency Law on EnterpriseDepartment of Trade and IndustryTo Ministers by end of April 1999
Review of Assisted AreasDepartment of Trade and IndustryAutumn 1999
Review of MetricationDepartment of Trade and IndustryBy end of March 1999
Review of UK Weights and Measures LegislationDepartment of Trade and IndustryBy end of 1999
TECH Stars Steering GroupDepartment of Trade and IndustryNot expected to produce report
Oil and Gas Industry Task ForceDepartment of Trade and IndustrySummer 1999
Review of Company Rescue MechanismsDepartment of Trade and Industry and HM TreasuryJuly 1999
Review of the Framework for Overseeing Developments in BiotechnologyJoint Review by the Office of Science and Technology (part of Department of Trade and Industry) and the Cabinet OfficeSpring 1999
Review of Charities' TaxationHer Majesty's TreasuryResponses to Consultation Document issued Autumn 1998 invited by 31 August 1999
Review of the Calculation of Vehicle Excise Duty for LorriesHer Majesty's TreasuryInitial report due Autumn 1999
Review of Public/Private Partnership Options for the Royal MintHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announcedAutumn 1998
Review of Company Car TaxationHer Majesty's TreasuryFinal report date to be announced (Interim reports issued Summer and Autumn 1998)
Review of Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty for CarsHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announced
Review of Aggregates TaxHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announced
Review of Double Tax ReliefHer Majesty's TreasuryInitial report due by end March 1999
Review of VAT Registration LimitsHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announced (Consultation Document issued July 1998)
Review of VAT Group TreatmentHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announced (Consultation Document issued June 1998)
Review Banking Services in the UKHer Majesty's TreasuryDecember 1999
Review of Average Earnings FiguresHer Majesty's TreasuryReport date to be announced
Customs Review of General Anti-Avoidance RuleHer Majesty's TreasurySpring 1999
Second Review of Private Finance InitiativeHer Majesty's TreasuryThe Government has received a report and will respond in due course
Review of Central Government Civil ProcurementHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announced
Inquiry into Lower Rate Ring-Fenced Tonnage Based Tax and Enhanced Training InitiativesHer Majesty's TreasuryTo be announced
Private Finance Task ForceHer Majesty's TreasuryOn-going remit
Task Force on Bank's Assistance to Credit UnionsHer Majesty's TreasuryJune 1999
Review of Research and DevelopmentHer Majesty's Treasury and Department of Trade and IndustrySpring 1999 (Consultation document published March 1998. Initial Report published January 1999)
Review of the Role of the Welsh Language Board in Welsh EducationWelsh OfficeJuly 1999December 1998
Welsh Office Review of Planning Policy for Opencast Coal MiningWelsh OfficeApril 1999By end of 1998
Education and Training Action Group: Welsh OfficeWelsh OfficeBy April 1999
Wales New Deal Advisory Task ForceWelsh OfficeOn-going remit. Provides advice as and when required
European Structural Funds Task ForceWelsh OfficeSummer 1999

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