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Northern Ireland: Public Transport Expenditure

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Public expenditure priorities in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been different. Spending on transport has been afforded a lower relative priority in Northern Ireland. The future level of funding for public transport will be considered as part of the 2000 Spending Review.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: As part of a study commissioned by the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company on transportation options on the Belfast to Newtownards Corridor, a full range of possible transport options was examined. Arising out of this study, the preferred technical option for a modern transit route to link Dundonald and Knock with the centre of Belfast is a new concept known as EWAY. The type of transit system proposed, described as a train on rubber wheels, claims to offer the best features of rail and bus by combining the freedom from congestion of rail with the more realistic cost and greater flexibility of the bus. At this point in time there are no plans to proceed with EWAY, given the current financial resources available for public transport in Northern Ireland.

Local Election Pilot Schemes

Baroness Howells of St Davids asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): My honourable friend the Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office, Mr O' Brien, is making orders to enable the following pilot schemes to take place at this May's local elections:

Scheme
Amber Valley Extension of entitlement to postal vote
Blackburn with DarwenEarly voting
BlackpoolEarly voting
BoltonAll postal ballot
BroxbourneElectronic counting
ChesterEarly voting
CoventryEarly voting
DoncasterAll postal ballot
Eastleigh Extension of entitlement to postal vote
GatesheadAll postal ballot
Gloucester Extension of entitlement to postal vote
Kingston upon HullEarly voting
KnowsleyEarly voting
LeedsExtended hours of poll
ManchesterEarly voting
Milton Keynes Extension of entitlement to postal vote
Mole ValleyExtended hours of poll
PlymouthEarly voting
RedditchEarly voting
St HelensEarly voting
StevenageAll postal ballot
Stoke-on-TrentEarly voting
SunderlandEarly voting and mobile voting
SwindonAll postal ballot
WiganAll postal ballot
Windsor and MaidenheadMobile early voting facility.

In addition, he hopes to be able to make orders in relation to the following schemes very shortly:


Scheme
BuryElectronic voting and counting
Norwich
All postal ballot, mobile polling facility and early voting
SalfordElectronic voting and counting
StratfordElectronic voting and counting
Three RiversElectronic counting
Watford
Mobile polling facility, early
voting, weekend voting and
freepost facility.

Law Commission Recommendations

Lord Goodhart asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many Law Commission recommendations for legislative reform they have caused to be enacted so far this Parliament.[HL1455]

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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Three Law Commission Reports have been enacted during this Parliament. They are:


    Report No. 220, The Law of Trusts: Delegation by Individual Trustees, which was enacted by the Trustee Delegation Act 1999;


    Report No. 242, Privity of Contract: Contracts for the Benefit of Third Parties, which was enacted by the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999; and


    Report No. 252, Statute Law Revision: Sixteenth Report, which was enacted by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1998.

Lord Goodhart asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many Law Commission reports recommending legislative reform which have been accepted in whole or in part are awaiting enactment.[HL1454]

The Lord Chancellor: There are currently seven Law Commission reports that have been accepted in whole or in part that are awaiting enactment. A list is provided below. Of these, Law Commission Report 260, Trustees' Powers and Duties, is currently before Parliament.

Law Commission Reports Accepted in Whole or in Part but awaiting Enactment

Year No. Report
1993218Legislating the Criminal Code: Offences against the Person and General Principles
1995231 Mental Incapacity
1997245Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Hearsay and Related Topics
1997247Aggravated, Exemplary and Restitutionary Damages
1998253The Execution of Deeds and Documents by or on behalf of Bodies Corporate
1998255Consents to Prosecution
1999260Trustees' Powers and Duties

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Lord Goodhart asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the median period between (a) the publication of a Law Commission report containing recommendations for legislative reform; (b) the Government's acceptance or rejection of its recommendations for legislative reform; and (c) the enactment of those accepted legislative reforms.[HL1453]

The Lord Chancellor: The department does not keep statistics on the median times requested. However, Appendix C to the Law Commission's Thirty-Third Annual Report, 1998, lists the Law Commission reports awaiting implementation at that time. Of this list, five reports have been accepted in full, or in part, by the Government. The median time between the completion of each of these five reports and their acceptance is two years.

The enactment of Law Commission Bills, once accepted by the Government, is subject to the availability of parliamentary time.

NHS Additional Funding, by Region

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much additional funding has been made available to the health service in England and Wales since 1 May 1997; and under what headings; and how much funding was supplied to the health service in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the same period, under the same headings.[HL1408]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The following tables show the additional funding that has been made available to the National Health Service from Her Majesty's Treasury since 1 May 1997 in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland. Figures for Northern Ireland also include additions resulting from a reallocation of funds within the Northern Ireland block. All tables show additions to the nearest £ million.

Table A Additional Funds made available to the NHS in England since 1 May 1997

1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02
£m£m£m£m£m
Winter Pressures(1) 269209
General Increase for NHS(2) 1,000
Waiting Lists(3) 417
Comprehensive Spending Review(4) 3,0595,9608,816
HM Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund(5) 114122158
Invest to Save Budget(6) 343
Clinical Negligence and Generic Drugs(7) 134

(1) Additional money for (i) 1997-98 announced in October 1997 (ii) 1998-99 announced in November 1998.

(2) Announced in July 1997 Budget.

(3) Announced in March 1998 Budget.

(4) Announced in July 1998. Increase in NHS funding each year over the 1998-99 baseline.

(5) Additions in the first bidding round from the Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund. Funds awarded for A&E Modernisation, action on cataracts and faster more convenient services, including dental access centres and Walk in Centres.

(6) Funding awarded from the HM Treasury Invest to Save Budget, rounds one and two.

(7) Allocation from the Reserve made in December 1999 to help meet cost of generic drugs (£90m) and clinical negligence claims (£44m).


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Table B Additional Funds made available to the NHS in Wales since 1 May 1997

1997-98 £m1998-99 £m1999-2000 £m2000-01 £m2001-02 £m
Winter Pressures(1)10130
General Increase for NHS(2)60
Waiting Lists(3)25
Comprehensive Spending Review(4)175345510
HM Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund(5)61315
Invest to Save(6)2
General Improvements in Health(7)8

(1) Additional money for 1997-98 announced by Win Griffiths 22 October 1997.

Additional money for 1998-99 announced by Win Griffiths 3 November 1998.

(2)Announced by Ron Davies 2 July 1997.

(3)Announced by Win Griffiths 18 March 1998.

(4)Announced by Win Griffiths 16 July 1998. Increase in NHS funding each year over the 1997 Public Expenditure Survey baselines.

(5)Additions from the HM Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund announced on 18 May 1999 and 1 December 1999.

(6)Funding awarded from the HM Treasury Invest to Save Budget as announced on 1 December 1999.

(7)Addition from Treasury reserve in December 1999 will be used to respond to priorities of the Assembly Health and Social Services Committee as announced by the Welsh Assembly Secretary for Finance, Edwina Hart, on 1 December 1999.


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Table C Additional Funds made available to the NHS in Scotland since 1 May 1997

1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02
£m£m£m£m£m
Winter Pressures(1)1722
General Increase for NHS(2) 107
Waiting Lists(3)44
Comprehensive Spending Review(4> 300590910
HM Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund(5) 101417
Intensive care and high dependency beds and local priorities(6) 14

(1) Additional funds for (i) 1997-98 announced in October 1997 (ii) 1998-99 announced in November 1998.

(2) Announced in July 1997 Budget.

(3) Announced in March 1998 Budget.

(4) Announced in July 1998. Increase in NHS funding each year over the 1997 Public Expenditure Survey baselines.

(5) Funds awarded for A&E Modernisation, tele-medicine, electronic prescribing, NHS Direct Scotland, minimal invasive cancer work and cancer treatment equipment.

(6) Announced in February 2000 to spend on intensive care and high dependency beds and for local priorities.


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Table D Additional Funds made available to the NHS in Northern Ireland since 1 May 1997

1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02
£m£m£m£m£m
Winter Pressures1869
General Increase for NHS36
Waiting Lists13
Comprehensive Spending Review128251353
HM Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund335
Clinical Negligence4

In addition to funds provided directly/centrally from HM Treasury, the above also include local additions made available from reallocations permissible within the Northern Ireland Block.

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