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Baroness Blackstone: The department has given notice to all Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) in England that their licences will be terminated at the end of the financial year 2000-01. Under the terms of this notice TECs are required to agree with the relevant Government Office any significant changes to staff terms and conditions, including proposals for severance payments.
Baroness Blackstone: The information requested is not held by the department. TECs are private limited companies and as such are not required by company law to disclose the location of their bank accounts within their statutory audited accounts.
Baroness Blackstone : The Department for Education and Employment expects schools and their governing bodies to fulful their statutory requirement in providing collective worship. The department relies on the OFSTED inspection cycle to identify where failure to fully meet statutory requirements is a key issue, and arrangements are in place within that inspection cycle to revisit those key issues on post inspection plans. Schools which have difficulty in meeting their statutory requirements should seek advice from their local Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE).
Baroness Blackstone : All providers were given the opportunity to take up fair shares of the available one, two and three-year Dance and Drama Awards. The formula for making allocations took account of the relative allocations and filled places made under the Interim Funding Scheme, which the awards will replace in September 1999. This approach ensures that all providers, including those deciding to use only three-year awards, are treated fairly.
Baroness Blackstone : Providers may use funds from other sources to encourage dance students to apply for one and two-year awards. They cannot charge students or their parents more than the prevailing rate of student fees (£1,025 p.a. in 1999-2000) during courses supported by the awards, to safeguard the interests of students from low income families.
Baroness Blackstone: Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act deals with disabled people's access to goods, facilities and services. Any service available to the public is covered by Part III, with the exception of most education services and services which consist of the use of any means of transport.
A revised Code of Practice on Part III was issued by the Government on 29 June. Paragraph 2.13 of the code advises that, among the services covered, are those provided to the public by the emergency services, hospitals and clinics.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): One of the purposes of the first Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions is to protect the civilian population and civilian objects during armed conflict. This is what we sought to do throughout the air campaign. Furthermore, neither cluster bombs nor depleted uranium ammunition are proscribed by any of the international agreements to which the UK is a party, and the UK did not use any of the latter during the air campaign.
Baroness Symons: All Gurkhas, including those serving with NATO, serve under the terms of the Tri-Partite Agreement (TPA) between Nepal, India and the UK. Under the terms of the TPA, compensation for injury or death is awarded in the form of an immediate pension and a gratuity payment in line with Indian Army rates and the cost of living in Nepal. British Service personnel who are injured or killed as a result of their service are eligible for benefits under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, which are based on the degree of disability and rank.
Payments for both Gurkhas and British Servicemen can be supplemented by contributory schemes; the Army Dependants Assurance Trust providing an additional pension, and Army Insurance Funds providing additional payments.
My honourable friend, the then Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Mr. Henderson) announced on 1 July 1999 (Commons Official Report, 1 July 1999, col. 471) that he has set up a committee to examine
NATO's role in Kosovo is set out in UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (together with its Annexes) and includes; deterring renewed hostilities, demilitarizing the KLA and other armed Kosovo Albanian groups, establishing a secure environment for the return of refugees and other displaced persons, ensuring public safety and order until the international civil presence can take responsibility for this task, supervising demining, supporting the work of the international civil presence, conducting border monitoring duties as required and ensuring the protection and freedom of movement of itself, the international civil presence and other international organisations.
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