Previous Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page


Northern Ireland: Civil Justice Reform Group Report

Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor: The final report of the Civil Justice Reform Group was published on 16 June with a consultation period until the end of September. My original purpose in establishing the group was to ensure a reform programme tailored to Northern Ireland's needs and informed by those with practical experience of the system.

I am very grateful to Lord Justice Campbell, who chaired the group, and to the other members for their work. I am also grateful to those who responded

16 Jan 2001 : Column WA128

during the consultation period. Broadly, I accept the report's main direction and its principal recommendations. There are notable departures from arrangements in England and Wales but I am satisfied they are appropriate in the Northern Ireland context.

There are a few technical recommendations in relation to expert evidence on which I do not share the views expressed in the report. These will require further consideration and of course there are other points of detail to be looked at closely during the implementation process, but overall I am of the view that the report's recommendations represent a major step forward in the reform of the civil justice system in Northern Ireland to make it as accessible, economic and efficient as possible. Implementation will begin as soon as possible with an increase in the small claims jurisdiction early this year followed by an approximately two-year rolling programme of subordinate legislation and operational changes.

Marriage and Relationship Support

Lord Grabiner asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What grants they have made towards marriage and relationship support in the current financial year. [HL348]

The Lord Chancellor: During the current financial year (2000-01), my department will spend £4 million on marriage and relationship support, an increase of £0.8 million on funding for the financial year 1999-2000.

The funding has been allocated as follows: Relate--£2,396,585; Tavistock Marital Studies Institute £486,161; Marriage Care--£333,516; One Plus One--£357,000; Jewish Marriage Council--£48,313; Family Welfare Association--£99,925; London Marriage Guidance--£100,000; Parentline Plus--£60,000; National Marriage Week--£30,000; Community Family Projects--£30,000; 2as1.net--£40,000; and Asian Family Counselling Service--£18,500.

The funding will be spent on improving existing marriage and relationship support services, research into the most effective interventions, and disseminating good practice.

I am increasing the amount of money available to £4.5 million from the next financial year (2001-02).

Local Authority Publicity: Code of Recommended Practice

Baroness Goudie asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to review the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. [HL346]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): As indicated in our response to the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Local

16 Jan 2001 : Column WA129

Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill (Cm 4529) we intend to review the code to reflect the changes in councils' constitutions and the referendums and petitions resulting from the Local Government Act 2000.

We have today, therefore, issued a consultation paper setting out proposed alterations to the code. These proposals reflect in particular the importance of councils consulting with their local communities, that individual councillors can take decisions, and that referendums, petitions and mayoral elections can take place under the Local Government Act 2000. A copy of this paper has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Litter Collection on Motorways and Trunk Roads

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the contractors at present holding contracts with the Highways Agency for the removal of litter from the motorways and trunk roads in England, indicating in respect of each contract the dates of starting and ending and the roads to be covered.[HL280]

Lord Whitty: On motorways and the trunk roads listed in Table A below, sweeping and cleaning is the responsibility of managing agents who supervise term contractors also employed by the Highways Agency. A map has been placed in the Library which, with Table B below, shows the areas where the agents and contractors operate and the starting and ending dates of their contracts.

Table A

Road No.Description
A2From its junction with the M2 motorway (Junction 1) to its junction with the M25 motorway (Junction 2)
A282From its junction with the M25 motorway (Junction 30) to its junction with the M25 motorway (Junction 2)
A27From the southern end of the A3(M) to its junction with the M27 motorway
A56From its junction with the M66 motorway to its junction with the M65 motorway
A5103From its junction with the M56 motorway (Junction 3) to its junction with the M60 (was M63) motorway (Junction 9)

Table B Managing Agent and Term Contractors: Areas and Dates

Maintenance AreaManagement AgentContractor
Area 1 Cornwall & Devon Mott MacDonald April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Amey Construction April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 2 Somerset, Avon, Wilts, Glos & Oxon WS Atkins April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003 Raynesway Construction April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003
Area 3 Hampshire, Surrey & W Sussex Mott MacDonald April 1997 to end of August 2001 Raynesway Construction April 1997 to end of August 2001
Area 4 Kent, Essex & E Sussex W S Atkins April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Carillion April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 5 Berks, Oxon, Bucks, Herts & Essex Kennedy & Donkin April 1997 to end of August 2001 Amey Construction April 1997 to end of August 2001
Area 6 Herts, Essex, Cambs, Suffolk & Norfolk Owen Williams Consulting Engineers April 1997 to end of August 2001 Ringway Group April 1997 to end of August 2001
Area 7 Leics, Notts, Cambs, Rotherham & Rutland PLaN (Parkman, Leics CC and Notts CC) April 1998 to March or May* 2002 BLN Routecare (Bardon Aggregates) April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 8 Bucks, Herts, Beds, Essex, Cambs & Northants Thorburn Colquhoun April 1997 to end of August 2001 Carillion April 1997 to end of August 2001
Area 9 Glos, Herefords, Worcs & Shropshire W S P Graham April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Ringway Group April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 10 Cheshire and Shropshire Babtie April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Amey Construction April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 11 Northants, Warks, Leics, Staffs & Shropshire W S Atkins April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Accord-Jarvis JV April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 12 West Midlands W S Atkins April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Accord-Jarvis JV April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 13 Lincs Opus International April 1999 to end of March or May* 2002 Amey Construction April 1999 to end of March or June* 2002
Area 14 Derbyshire, South Pennines, Staffs & Cheshire Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Carillion April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 15 Greater Manchester Motorways Parkman Ltd April 1998 to March or May* 2002 Alfred McAlpine April 1998 to March or May* 2002
Area 16 West & South Yorks & Humber Ports Motorways WSP Graham April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003 Carillion April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003
Area 17 Lancs & North Merseyside Lancashire CC April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003 Nuttall April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003
Area 18 Durham, North, East & West Yorks Halcrow Consulting Engineers April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003 Amey Construction April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003
Area 19 Cumbria Mouchel Consulting/Amey Construction JV April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003 Carillion April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003
Area 20 Northumbria Northumbria Trunk Road Partnership April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003 Colas April 1999 to end of March or May* 2003

*End Dates: Contracts run to 31 March but for operational reasons these may be extended for a few months.

16 Jan 2001 : Column WA130

16 Jan 2001 : Column WA131

The following 4 Contracts Have been novated to London MayorManagingAgentTerm Contractor
Area 21 North LondonMouchel From April 1998Accord-Jarvis JV From April 1998
Area 22 East LondonW.S. Atkins From April 1998Fitzpatrick Contractors From April 1998
Area 23 South LondonParkman Ltd From April 1997Fitzpatrick Contractors From April 1997
Area 24 West LondonWSP Graham From April 1997Amey Construction From April 1997

16 Jan 2001 : Column WA131

Table C DBFO companies and their areas (including dates)

Company NameRoad NumberDescriptionDates
Road Management Services (Peterborough)A1(M)A1 350m south of junction with Great North Road (A604) to 280m north of Fletton Parkway interchange (21km), also short section of A604 (was A14).Feb 1996 for 30 years.
Yorkshire LinkM1/A1M1 from Lofthouse interchange (Junc. 42) to A1 1km north of A64
(A1 south limit is at Hook Moor), Also M62 East of Junction 28 to Lofthouse interchange. Total 29KmMarch 1996 for 30 years
Road Management Services (Gloucester)A417 & A419M5 junction 11a near Gloucester to M4 junction 15 near Swindon, 51KmFeb 1996 for 30 years
Road Link (A69)A69M6 near Carlisle to A1 (Newcastle upon Tyne western Bypass) 84KmJan 1996 for 30 years
Autolink Concessionaires (A19)A19 & A168From A1 north of Dishforth to Junction with A19 south of Thirsk, then A19 northwards to junction with A185 immediately south of southern entrance to Tyne tunnel; also A174 from Junction with A19 to junction with A1053; also A1053 from junction with A19 to junction with A1053 also A1053 from junction with A19 to junction with A1085. 104kmOct 1996 for 30 years
Connect (A30)A30 & A35 A30 from M5 junction 29 to A30/A35 junction near Honiton, then A35 to A31/A35 junction at Bere Regis. 101KmJuly 1996 for 30 years
Connect (A50)A50 & A564 (now redesignated A50)From junction with A521 near Forsbrook (south east of Stoke on Trent) to junction with A6 near Shardlow, close to M1 at junction 24 56KmMay 1996 for thirty years
UK HighwaysM40Junction 1 (A40 at Denham) to Junction 15 (A46 at Warwick) 122KmOctober 1996 for thirty years

Notes for Map: In London the Mayor has taken over all trunk roads within the Greater London area and all responsibilities associated with them, except for the ends of motorways that reach into London (for example the M4 or the M1). In the case of these roads the responsibility remains with the Highways Agency and its managing agents and term contractors.



   Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page