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The Attorney-General (Lord Williams of Mostyn): I am pleased to say that an additional £15.8 million has been allocated to the CPS budget this year. This recognises the place of the CPS at the centre of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and the contribution it can make to improving the performance of the CJS, including the police and other agencies. The £15.8 million will allow performance to be raised on prosecutions, on information technology (IT), on diversity and on the Human Rights Act (HRA). Performance improvements will be targeted towards better working with the police, thereby saving police forces' time and money and ensuring that their work in catching suspects is more effectively translated into prosecutions. Consequently, some £4.5 million of the money is to come from the Budget's £100 million police modernisation fund.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders have now been fitted to four of the RAF Chinook Mark 2/2a Fleet as part of the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) programme. This reflects the six-week period required to fit and test each aircraft.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: None of the original Board of Inquiry papers, written evidence or papers held by the branch with lead responsibility for matters concerning the crash has been destroyed. When they are eventually archived, they will be assigned a review date of 25 years, with a recommendation for permanent retention. At the 25-year point they will be examined for the suitability for transfer to the Public Record Office in accordance with the provision of the Public Records Act 1958 and 1967.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The chairman of the Council of the National Army Museum is ex officio, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence. The present Under-Secretary has not yet chaired a meeting of council. The last occasion on which the council was chaired by its ex officio chairman was on 20 March 1991. It is customary for council meetings to be chaired by the Deputy Chairman, currently General Sir John Waters. However, the ex officio chairman receives all papers connected with council and is briefed by his officials on museum business.
Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14 March (WA 200), whether the Council of the National Army Museum have now concluded their strategic review, including the collection currently housed at the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley.[HL2849]
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Corporate Plan of the Council of the National Army Museum, which is currently being finalised, sets out longer term aspirations for the development of the museum's collection and its outstations. These aspirations, which include the possibility of a development of a major museum complex in the North of England, will be subject to feasibility studies in due course.
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: The Board of Management is chaired by the Permanent Under-Secretary and oversees the administration of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and all its resources at home and overseas. It has in the past been composed of Senior FCO officials together with the Chief Executive of British Trade International. They will now be joined by two non-executive members, Mr Alan Gormly, Chairman of BPB Industries, and Ms Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Director of Corporate Affairs of Tesco plc. I am sure that the board will benefit greatly from their experience of private sector management practice.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government are in regular contact with the Environment Agency and Sport England to discuss a range of issues. My honourable friend the Minister for Sport met representatives of all the angling governing bodies on 13 January this year at which funding to promote angling was discussed. A representative from Sport England was also present at the meeting. My honourable friend has given her support to a number of angling initiatives for young people and will be opening the European Championship.
Sport England has made a substantial contribution to the promotion of angling through both the Sports Lottery Fund and grants to the governing bodies of the sport. For the year 1999-2000, grant-in-aid of £27,500 was awarded to the National Federation of Anglers, £29,000 to the National Federation of Sea Anglers, and £27,000 to the Salmon and Trout Association. Thirty-one angling projects have received Lottery funding totalling over £1.5 million.
The Environment Agency is committed to developing and promoting sport and recreation, and the promotion of access for everyone, particularly beside, to and on, water. The agency has put in place several measures to promote angling as a sport and educational tool for young people. These include offering a 50 per cent concession on rod licence duties for anglers aged 12-16 inclusive, no licence being required for those under 12 years of age. The agency is also part-sponsor the National Federation of Anglers' Roadshow this summer, at which 5,000-6,000 mainly young anglers will take part. This year they have also introduced the Beginner's Licence, costing £1 per day, in conjunction with coaching schemes. In the last three years, the agency has been targeting fisheries improvement projects in urban areas, the key reason being to improve fishing opportunities for many young anglers who have limited opportunities to travel. The agency has recently published Reel Life magazine, which is sent to 1 million licence holders, including junior anglers, which promoted coaching schemes run by the National Federation of Anglers, the Professional Anglers Association, and the Salmon and Trout Association; angling and conservation guidance; and specific pages dedicated to young anglers, designed to educate and promote good angling practice.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: On 9 June the National Audit Office wrote to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee enclosing a paper on the circumstances in which an Accounting Officer Direction was given to the Millennium Commission Accounting Officer. The substance of the direction is contained within the paper, which has been reported to the House, placed in the Commons Library and also deposited in the House of Lords Record Office.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: No bank issues notes that are legal tender throughout the UK. All current Bank of England notes (£5, 10, 20, 50) are legal tender in England and Wales, but not in Scotland or
The Bank of England takes into account public demand when it issues banknotes. Demand is low for the Bank's £50 note and the Scottish and Northern Irish £100 banknotes. As a result, the Bank has no plans to issue a note above the value of £50 in the foreseeable future.
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