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Children's Services

Lord Brooks of Tremorfa asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have placed in the Library a copy of the report Tracking Progress in Children's Services: An Evaluation of Local Responses to the Quality Protects Programme Year 2.

When we launched the Quality Protects programme in September 1998, we required local authorities to submit annual management action plans to show how they were intending to improve the management and delivery of children's social services. This report presents the key messages and findings from the second round of management actions plans (MAPS) which were received in January 2000.

Councils have made a good start over the past year in implementing the Quality Protects programme. For example we have seen: more corporate working across councils and more partnership working with voluntary organisations; an increase in the proportion of children looked after in foster care or placed for adoption; a reduction in re-registrations on the child protection register; more support being given to care leavers; an increase in education support being given to looked after children; more councils listening to children and young people in their care; and improvements in the collecting and using of management information.

But if there are to be real and lasting gains for children, these early improvements must be built on and further substantial progress made in 2000-01. The Government's determination to support this change is

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demonstrated by the significant increase in special grant available for funding this year (from £75 million to £120 million). We will expect progress in 2000-01 to be commensurate with this increase in funding.

Medicines Commission Annual Report

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect to receive the annual report of the Medicines Commission for 1999 and whether this will be published.[HL3486]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have received the report and copies have been laid before both Houses of Parliament today in accordance with the requirements of Section 5(2) of the Medicines Act 1968. Copies have also been placed in the Library.

Bound volumes have been placed in the Library containing the 1999 reports of the Medicines Commission, the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and the Veterinary Products Committee.

We are glad to acknowledge the valuable work done by the distinguished members of the Medicines Act advisory bodies and thank them for the time and effort dedicated in the public interest to this important work.

Medicines Control Agency: Annual Report and Accounts

Baroness Rendell of Babergh asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the annual report and accounts of the Medicines Control Agency.[HL3489]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have received the report and copies have today been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Sections 5(2) and (3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.

Medical Devices Agency: Annual Report and Accounts

Baroness Rendell of Babergh asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the 1999-2000 annual report and accounts of the Medical Devices Agency.[HL3490]

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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The report and accounts of the Medical Devices Agency have today been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Sections 5(2) and (3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.

French Motorway Tolls: Revenue

Lord Jacobs asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In the light of proposals for raising revenues for transport policies, whether they can estimate the revenue accruing to the French Government from French motorway tolls in 1999.[Hl3331]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): I have been advised by the ASFA--the Association of French Motorway Companies--that in 1999 users of French tolled motorways paid FF33.9 billion (approximately £3.24 billion) in tolls.

Central Science Laboratory Annual Report

Lord Thomas of Macclesfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the 1999-2000 annual report for the Central Science Laboratory.[HL3492]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): The 1999-2000 annual report and accounts for the Central Science Laboratory were laid before Parliament today. Copies are available in the Library of the House.

Film and Television Working Conditions

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

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3 May (WA 179), what steps they intend to take as a result of their consultations at the start of this year with the body "Women in Film and Television" about how to take forward the recommendations in the Report A Survey on Working Conditions in the Film and Television Industry.[HL3223]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My honourable friend the Minister for Tourism, Film and Broadcasting is considering the responses received from her consultation with industry contacts about the report.

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Smoking: Depiction in Drama

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What representations they have made to broadcasting organisations about the amount of smoking in all forms of drama.[HL3270]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: During the last year officials from the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport met the BBC and the Independent Television Commission (ITC) to discuss smoking in television drama. They were reassured that the broadcasters and regulators recognised their responsibility towards viewers, especially young viewers, and reflected concern about smoking in the guidelines they have developed for programme-makers.

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Public Appointments by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

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

    How many public appointments the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is authorised to make; and how many of those posts are vacant.[HL3362]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information is below. The figures do not include appointments to public bodies sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where the role of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is to advise on appointments made by the Prime Minister and through him, Her Majesty, the Queen.

Number of appointments made by the Secretary of State423
Number of vacancies from the 42338



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