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Eurostar: Costs of Euro 2000 Policing

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Eurostar met the cost of British Transport Police involvement in the Euro 2000 policing operation. In addition to escorting all Eurostar trains to and from Brussels, British Transport Police involvement included the presence of liaison officers at the Waterloo, Lille and Brussels terminals and the police intelligence centres at Lille and Driebergen. No detailed costings are available.

Kosovan Refugees: Reimbursement of Local Authority Costs

Lord Davies of Coity asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The arrangements for reimbursement are set out in Special Grant Report No. 68, which my right honourable friend the Home Secretary has laid before Parliament today. The report explains the areas of expenditure that will be eligible for the grant and invites local authorities to submit interim claims by 30 September. This will ensure the prompt repayment of the bulk of the expenditure incurred by local authorities during 2000-01.

Employment Statistics

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter to Lord Pearson of Rannoch from the National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales, Office for National Statistics, Mr Len Cook, dated 6 July 2000.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Question about full-time employment and unemployment rates in the United Kingdom.

The table below shows seasonally adjusted estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which is the main source of labour market data on individuals. It gives the number of people who were in full-time employment in the three-month periods from November 1998 to January 1999 and February to April 2000 (the latest date for which data are available). The table also shows International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployment rates for the same periods.

People in full-time employment (thousands)ILO unemployment rate (%)
Nov 1998-Jan 199920,6446.3
Feb-Apr 200020,9325.7

People aged 16 or over are classed as in employment by the LFS if they have done at least one hour of paid work (as an employee or self-employed) in the week prior to their LFS interview or if they have a job that they are temporarily away from. People who do unpaid work in a family business and people on government-supported training and employment programmes are also included according to the International Labour Organisation convention.

The measure of unemployment derived from the LFS is defined on a consistent and internationally recognised basis set out by the ILO. It counts as unemployed people who are (a) without a paid job, (b) available to start work within the next two weeks, and (c) have either looked for work in the last four weeks or are waiting to start a job already obtained.


National Savings Ordinary Accounts

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the average number of holders of Ordinary Accounts in National Savings in each of the last five years, the average total balance invested and the total cost of administering the accounts during each year.[HL3011]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The average number of holders, the average total balance and the total cost of administering the Ordinary Accounts during each of the last five years is as follows:

YearAverage Number of Holders (000s)Average Total BalanceCost of Administration (£m)
1999-200016,167£1,352.8m£57.094
1998-199916,125£1,381.3m£57.915
1997-199816,080£1,407.1m£59.644
1996-199716,033£1,427.0m£59.300
1995-199615,985£1,435.9m£61.100

Prosecutions for Cycling on Royal Parks Footpaths

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many cyclists have been prosecuted for cycling on footpaths in the London Royal Parks in each of the last five years for which figures are available.[HL2766]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency. As its Chief Executive, William Weston, has not yet taken up his appointment, I have asked the Agency's Head of Policy, Viviane Robertson, to reply on his behalf.

Letter to Lord Berkeley from the Head of Policy of the Royal Parks Agency, Viviane Robertson, dated 5 July 2000.

As the new Chief Executive does not take up his post until 10 July, I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to reply to your parliamentary Question about the number of cyclists prosecuted for cycling on footpaths in the Royal Parks, because this is an operational matter for which the agency is responsible.

Neither the Royal Parks Agency nor the Royal Parks Constabulary can supply figures for the number of prosecutions. I have asked for the figures from the Office of the Attorney General and will write to you with them as soon as I have them.

Prosecutions for Speeding in the Royal Parks

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many drivers of motor vehicles have been prosecuted for speeding in the London Royal Parks in the last five years.[HL2957]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for the subject of this Question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency. As its Chief Executive, William Weston, has not yet taken up his appointment, I have asked the Agency's Head of Policy, Viviane Robertson, to reply on his behalf.

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Letter to Lord Berkeley from the Head of Policy of the Royal Parks Agency, Viviane Robertson, dated 5 July 2000.

As the new Chief Executive does not take up his post until 10 July, I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to reply to your parliamentary Question about the number of motor vehicles prosecuted for speeding in the Royal Parks, because this is an operational matter for which the agency is responsible.

Neither the Royal Parks Agency nor the Royal Parks Constabularly can supply figures for the number of prosecutions. I have asked for the figures from the Office of the Attorney General and will write to you with them as soon as I have them.

"Burghers of Calais" Statue

Lord Carver asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether there has been any history of vandalism affecting Rodin's statue of the Burghers of Calais in Victoria Tower Gardens; and if so, whether its condition would be improved by being moved to Abingdon Green; and[HL2997]

    Whether Rodin's statue of the Burghers of Calais in Victoria Tower Gardens has been covered in wax; and if so why.[HL2996]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for the subject of these questions has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency. As its Chief Executive, William Weston, has not yet taken up his appointment, I have asked the Agency's Head of Policy, Viviane Robertson, to reply on his behalf.

Letter to Lord Carver from the Head of Policy of the Royal Parks Agency, Viviane Robertson, dated 6 July 2000.

As the new Chief Executive does not take up his post until 10 July, I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to reply to your parliamentary Questions about Rodin's statue of the Burghers of Calais, because Victoria Tower Gardens is the responsibility of the agency.

I can confirm that the Burghers of Calais has been coated in wax. Wax has traditionally been used to protect bronzes from corrosive agents present in the atmosphere, and is a practice recommended by English Heritage and outlined in their technical handbook.

There has been little recent vandalism to the sculpture, although people do try to clamber on to it. In the past some inscriptions have been carved into the wax coating of the bronze, but without damaging the bronze itself.

The agency does not manage Abingdon Green and so we cannot comment on whether it would be a suitable site to relocate the Burghers of Calais.

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Baroness Anelay of St. Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What representations they have received since January regarding the relocation of Rodin's statue of the Burghers of Calais, which is currently located in Victoria Gardens.[HL3013]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency. As its Chief Executive, William Weston, has not yet taken up his appointment, I have asked the Agency's Head of Policy, Viviane Robertson, to reply on his behalf.

Letter to Baroness Anelay of St. Johns from the Head of Policy of the Royal Parks Agency, Viviane Robertson, dated 6 July 2000.

As the new Chief Executive does not take up his post until 10 July, I have been asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to reply to your parliamentary Question about Rodin's statue of the Burghers of Calais, as Victoria Tower Gardens is the responsibility of the agency.

Since January, Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman of the National Art Collections Fund, has made written representations to the Agency suggesting the sculpture be resited, and Lord Carver has tabled a parliamentary Question.


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