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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The Government's proposals for the reform of the law of corruption in England and Wales have been published today and copies have been placed in the Library.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The Government submitted the UK's return to the UN Register covering conventional arms transfers in calendar year 1999 on 20 June. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The UNICEF report shows that in the last 20 years child poverty trebled in the UK (the data used in the report relates to 1995 and reflects the situation under the previous administration).
We have already made a commitment to eradicating child poverty in the next 20 years, and this report agrees that we have made a very good start--measures we have already announced will lift around 1 million children out of poverty by 2002.
Since the debate in July last year we have implemented another above-inflation rise in child benefit, launched the working families' tax credit, and significantly improved the child allowances in the income-related benefits. In all, by the end of this Parliament, we will be spending an extra £7 billion per year on tax and benefit measures for families with children.
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