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Baroness Blackstone: This Government believe that proposals which affect the organisation of schools should be decided locally. It is for local education authorities and other partners in education to bring
Bristol City Council members met on 13 February 2001 to consider the proposals to close Gay Elms and Whitehouse primary schools. Members of the city council voted to reject these proposals. The matter will therefore not proceed to the School Organisation Committee or the Schools Adjudicator.
Baroness Blackstone: This Government believe that decisions which affect the organisation of schools should be taken locally. The proposal to discontinue Gay Elms primary school expected that the resource base for autistic children would remain in its current accommodation on the site of the former Gay Elms infant school. A development group was established to identify a new host school and to secure new accommodation for the future.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates for Class II, Votes 1 and 2, the overall departmental expenditure limit for Class II, which includes the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency, will be increased by £196,888,000 from £45,090,755,000 to £45,287,643,000.
Of this increase, the Department of Health departmental expenditure limit for 2000-01 will be increased by £196,888,000 from £44,997,888,000 to £45,194,776,000. The increase is the net effect of changes to Class II, Vote 1 (hospital, community health, family health and related services, England) of £156,025,000, made up of £74,977,000 in respect of take-up of end year flexibility, (£35,217,000) for capital and (£39,760,000) for family health services, as set out in Table 7 of the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper Cm4812 published on 18 July 2000, and
An increase of £1,352,000 for Class II, Vote 2 (Department of Health, administration, miscellaneous health and personal social services, England) is the net effect of transfers (detailed below) and the take-up of £4,000,000 (running costs) end year flexibility as set out in Table 7 of the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper Cm4812 published on 18 July 2000. Transfers of £1,106,000 from the Scottish Executive (£141,000 running costs) for reserved health bodies; £19,000 (running costs) from Northern Ireland for reserved health bodies; £459,000 from Class IV, Vote 1 (Home Office administration, police probation, immigration and other services, England and Wales), £130,000 (running costs) for the Youth Justice Board inspections and (£329,000) for drug grants and drug related initiatives; £200,000 from Class XII, Vote 3 (Department of Social Security: administration) for the teenage pregnancy campaign; offset by net transfers of £464,000 to Class X, Vote 1 (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) (£1,118,000) for the BSE inquiry, less (£654,000) for research into BSE; and £388,000 to Class 1, Vote 1 (Department for Education and Employment: programmes and central services) (£455,000) for the drug advisers project, less (£67,000) for Protection of Children's Act Tribunal costs; and transfers of £3,000,000 to Class V, Vote 1 (Lord Chancellor's Department) for start-up costs for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services (CAFCASS) and £580,000 to Class III, Vote 1 (Department of Transport, Environment and the Regions) for the rough sleepers budget.
Within the departmental DEL there is also a net transfer of £308,000 from Class II, Vote 2 (Department of Health, administration, miscellaneous health and personal social services, England) to Class II, Vote 1 (hospital, community health, family health and related services, England), of which £500,000 is reclassified as running costs following agreement by HM Treasury that Mental Health
The external finance limit for NHS trusts has decreased by £140,242,000 from £451,000,000 to £310,758,000, comprising a reduction in voted trust loans of £173,853,000 partially offset by a take-up of £33,611,000 (non-voted) from HM Treasury for public finance initiative schemes.
All increases will either be offset by transfers to or from other departmental expenditure limits (detailed above) or charges to the DEL reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): We are currently completing essential background work necessary to enable the scheme to work effectively when it is made available to local authorities which have declared air quality management areas, as designated under Section 83 of the Environment Act 1995. We hope that the scheme will come into operation from April 2002, and we plan to consult further with interested parties on detailed issues over the next few months.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The UK air traffic forecasts produced by my department in June 2000 showed that unconstrained demand for passenger air travel may more than double by 2015, reaching approximately 340 million passengers per annum. Cargo air traffic is
We intend to publish a new White Paper on air transport that will provide a framework for the future development of aviation in the UK. We issued a consultation document last December on the future of aviation. This is the first major step towards the White Paper. It invites views and ideas on a wide range of aviation and airports issues that underpin our air transport policy. The consultation document does not specifically address new capacity at airports. We have commissioned a series of regional air service studies that assess options for future capacity. Later this year we will issue individual regional consultation documents on options in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the south west of England, the north of England and the Midlands. They will examine options for the development of a capacity at regional airports and include an appraisal of the economic, environmental and social impacts of these options. We are also studying issues in the south east and east of England on a separate timescale. The South East and East of England Regional Air Service Study (SERAS) is examining all options for the future development of airports in the south east, ranging from no development other than that already included in the planning system, to additional runway and terminal capacity to meet demand in full. This study will be followed by public consultation that will follow the decision on Terminal 5. All of these strands of work will feed into the White Paper on air transport.
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