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Corruption Law: Reform

Baroness Gale asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Conventional Arms Transfer Register: UK Return

Lord Elder asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Child Poverty

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

The report also highlights the importance of work--for most people, the best route out of poverty is

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through employment. We are already tackling this through the New Deals, working families' tax credit, and the minimum wage. Increases in the income-related benefits and child benefit will help those for whom work is not yet an option.

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.

This Government are determined to tackle the problems of poverty and social exclusion, and, as I said last July, we believe our strategy is the best way to achieve that aim.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8 June, what type and make of cars are used by the Department of Social Security.[HL2784]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The information is in the table.

DSS Cab Fleet as at June 2000

MakeModelQuantity
CarbodiesFX4 taxi2
CitroenAX11
CitroenBX17
CitroenXantia38
CitroenXsara2
CitroenZX129
DaewooNubira1
FiatPunto12
FiatTempra7
FiatTipo4
FordEscort25
FordFiesta23
FordFocus18
FordGalaxy13
FordMaverick1
FordMondeo50
FordOrion3
HyundaiLantra9
HyundaiPony2
LanciaDedra1
NissanMicra40
NissanPrimera16
NissanSunny4
NissanTerrano1
Peugeot10628
Peugeot20549
Peugeot306153
Peugeot30915
Peugeot40591
Peugeot40624
Peugeot8061
Renault1935
Renault215
RenaultClio72
RenaultLaguna8
Rover20025
Rover40024
RoverMaestro2
RoverMetro3
RoverMontego1
SeatToledo1
ToyotaCarina24
ToyotaCorolla2
VauxhallAstra852
VauxhallCavalier60
VauxhallCorsa294
VauxhallNova3
VauxhallVectra396
VauxhallZafira2
VolkswagenGolf20
VolkswagenPassat1
VolkswagenPolo12
VolkswagenVento22
Volvo4404
Volvo4602
Total2,660

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