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Channel Islands: Business Taxation

Lord Waddington asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The code of conduct which was agreed at the ECOFIN Council of 1 December 1997 notes that it is advisable that principles aimed at abolishing harmful tax measures

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should be adopted on as broad a geographical basis as possible. In particular, the code commits member states, within the framework of their constitutional arrangements, to ensuring that these principles are applied in their dependent or associated territories, which in the United Kingdom's case includes the Channel Islands.

Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Trusts: Working Time Regulation 16

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which Health and Social Services Trusts in Northern Ireland have not implemented Regulation 16 of the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 (Payment in Respect of Periods of Annual Leave); and what are their reasons for not doing so.[HL1939]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: No Health and Social Services Trust has fully implemented Regulation 16 of the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998. Due to the complexity of this particular regulation, its implementation is being pursued through discussions between employing authorities and staff organisations on a regional basis.

Northern Ireland: Extra NHS Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In the light of the extra funds for the National Health Service announced in the Budget which will go directly to National Health Service Trusts, how much of this funding is being allocated to Northern Ireland; which trusts are involved; and whether any of the money will be used for the relief of current debt. [HL1986]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Northern Ireland's share of the extra National Health Service funding announced by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer is £696 million. The extra allocations are £53 million in 2000-01, £82 million in 2001-02, £211 million in 2002-03 and £350 million in 2003-04. Mr Howarth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health in Northern Ireland, has consulted a broad cross-section of health and personal social service interests on how these resources can best be targeted and will announce his decision shortly on the allocation of this year's additional resources.

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