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Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Prime Minister has established a new committee to discuss these issues. The Sub-Committee on European Trade Issues (E)DOP(T), under the chairmanship of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, will report to the Ministerial Sub-Committee on European Issues ((E)DOP), which also meets under the Foreign Secretary's chairmanship. The composition and terms of reference of this new committee are as follows: Ministerial Sub-Committee on European Trade Issues
|Department||Number of QWAs outstanding|
|Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions||7|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||5|
|Ministry of Defence||2|
|Ministry of Agriculture||1|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||1|
|Lord Chancellor's Department||1|
|Department of Trade and Industry||1|
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): Her Majesty's Government are already giving priority to training for early years staff. All Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships have had to set out in their Early Years Development and Childcare Plans strategies for training and development, including targets for improving the number of qualified staff in their area. To support these strategies we have earmarked £12 million in 1999-2000 through the Early Years Training and Development Standards Fund for early education, and £7 million for Training and Enterprise Councils to spend on childcare workforce training.
The present unco-ordinated array of qualifications is confusing for employers and employees. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority hopes shortly to publish a new "climbing frame" of qualifications and training for early education, childcare and playwork which will clarify what is available and encourage progression.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): My honourable friend Mr. Peter Hain MP, the Minister responsible for Transport in Wales, announced on 14 May that construction work on the new European Railfreight Terminal at Wentloog, Eastern Cardiff, will commence on 14 June 1999 and should be completed within 12 months.
This project is of vital importance to Wales. It will increase the competitiveness of Welsh business by establishing direct links to key European markets as well as making a significant contribution to the Government's objective of transferring freight traffic from road to rail.
The project is being brought forward by a public/private sector consortium consisting of the Welsh Office, Welsh Development Agency, City and County of Cardiff, Freightliner Ltd, Railtrack plc and Euro Clad Ltd. The project will cost £15 million, broken down as follows:
Lord Williams of Mostyn: We announced on 16 March that an additional £170 million would be made available for the United Kingdom over the next three years to support crime prevention in high crime areas.
What arrangements were made by each police force in the United Kingdom to destroy handguns handed in under the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997; and[HL2575]
What arrangements they have made to monitor and audit the destruction of weapons handed in under the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997; and whether they are satisfied that all the weapons handed in have been destroyed in such a manner as to make it impossible for them to be reactivated.[HL2576]
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The prohibition of large-calibre handguns under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 came into effect on 1 July 1997 and owners of such handguns were required to dispose of them lawfully by 30 September 1997. By the end of that period, 116,644 large-calibre handguns had been surrendered to the police. In addition, although at that time yet to be prohibited, 26,371 small-calibre pistols were surrendered voluntarily by their owners to the police under the terms of the Government's ex gratia payment scheme. A further 19,183 small-calibre pistols were surrendered to the police between 1 and 28 February 1998 following the implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, which extended the original prohibition to small-calibre pistols. As a result, the total number of handguns surrendered to the police in England, Wales and Scotland was 162,198. The table below shows the number of handguns surrendered by police force area.
Arrangements for the destruction of weapons handed in to the police under the provisions of the two Acts were a matter for chief officers of police, taking account of operational considerations and local circumstances. The Government are satisfied that the police took the necessary action to ensure that surrendered firearms were destroyed safely and securely by smelting, crushing, chopping up or other similar methods. As part
|1997 Act||1997 (No. 2) Act|
|Constabulary/Police||Large Calibre||Small Calibre (ex gratia)||Total||Small Calibre||Combined Total|
|England & Wales|
|Avon & Somerset||3,227||566||3,793||702||4,495|
|City of London||73||30||103||30||133|
|Devon & Cornwall||3,625||573||4,198||892||5,090|
|Met Area 1||699||177||876||89||965|
|Met Area 2||2,852||629||3,481||499||3,980|
|Met Area 3||3,264||749||4,013||473||4,486|
|Met Area 4||4,176||868||5,044||820||5,864|
|Met Area 5||3,324||573||3,897||631||4,528|
|Sub Total for E & W||110,382||24,620||135,002||18,170||153,172|
|Dumfries & Galloway||236||83||319||33||352|
|Lothian & Borders||1,253||245||1,498||194||1,692|
|Sub Total for Scotland||6,262||1,751||8,013||1,013||9,026|
|Overall Total for E, W & S||116,644||26,371||143,015||19,183||162,198|
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