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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): There are widely different levels of progress against the millennium development goal of achieving universal primary education (UPE) by 2015. In sub-Saharan Africa an additional 88 million children will need to be enrolled in school between 1997 and 2015. This requires a threefold improvement in the rate of expansion achieved from 199097. If the current rate of enrolment increase were to be maintained, less than half of the 43 countries would achieve even a gross enrolment rate of 100 per cent by 2015. Ten times the previous rate of increase will be needed in countries such as Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Somalia. In South and West Asia it is estimated that an additional 40 million children will need to be enrolled to achieve the UPE target and that this will require the same pace of enrolment increase that was achieved from 1990 to 1997.
Achieving UPE requires reform and action at the country level. The international community committed itself in the Dakar Framework for Action that Xno countries seriously committed to education for all will be thwarted in their achievement of this goal by a lack of resources". At the Education for All High-Level Group meeting convened by UNESCO's Director-General in Paris last month, the Secretary of State for International Development called for change in national and international efforts to achieve UPE by 2015. She presented DFID's paper Children out of School which identifies the different circumstances of children who are not in school and proposes an eight-point plan of action for accelerating progress towards the 2015 target.
The Government give high priority to addressing this challenge. We believe that UPE can be achieved by 2015 if the lessons of the past are learned and if governments in developing countries put in place the right policies and receive appropriate external assistance. We have committed over £600 million to support the development of primary education since 1997. We will do more.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker): The hostage situation was a complex operation undertaken at extremely short notice. The Chief Constable of Wiltshire has informed me that the force will be holding a debriefing meeting on 18 December to review the operation. When that meeting has taken place the numbers of officers involved in the situation, from how many forces and the cost will be known. I will write to the noble Lord when the information is available.
Lord Rooker: The term Xracism and xenophobia" as listed in Article 2 of the framework decision on the European arrest warrant is a generic description. It is a decision for the issuing state as to how it frames the offence under its national law when it makes a request under a European arrest warrant.
If the United Kingdom were making an extradition request for offences under the heading of Xracism and xenophobia", we would do so in terms of our law on incitement to racial hatred, racially aggravated offences and racial discrimination under the Race Relations Act, where a sentence of at least 12 months applied. All of these offences are drafted in terms of behaviour directed against members of a racial group. A racial group is defined as a group of persons by reference to colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins. In that sense our existing race hate laws cover hatred motivated by xenophobia.
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|Charged with other criminal offences||3||2|
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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Justices may already claim some compensation for loss of earnings. If the Government accept Lord Justice Auld's recommendation for a district division, it is not clear that a different kind of allowance would be needed. No decision will be taken on the recommendation for a district division until after the end of the period for public comment.
The Lord Chancellor: Jurors can claim financial loss allowance, travel and subsistence, within specified maxima, for the time they spend at court. The payments made will vary according to the personal circumstances of each individual. There is no information available on the number of people who actually serve on juries each year and so it is not possible to produce an average figure.
The current salary for district judges (magistrates' courts) and district judges (county courts) is £79,767. All district judges appointed to the London area receive an additional London allowance of £2,000 and a London salary lead of £2,000. District judges may, in certain circumstances, claim travel and night subsistence allowances from my department when sitting away from their principal court. District judges (magistrates' courts) may also receive expenses from their relevant magistrates' courts committee (MCC) when travelling within the MCC area to which they are assigned or from the senior district judge's office when travelling outside their MCC area at the request of the senior district judge (chief magistrate). Information about these is not held centrally by my department. It is not possible, therefore, to produce an average figure.
The Lord Chancellor: I have today laid my Report on the Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 before both Houses. Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The Lord Chancellor: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Request for Resources 1, the Lord Chancellor's Department departmental expenditure limit for 200102 will be increased by £22,034,000 from £2,732,900,000 to £2,754,934,000. The increase is the net effect of take up of end year flexibility entitlement of: £9,000,000 in respect of Capital Modernisation Fund; £1,031,000 in respect of DEL capital expenditure; £1,355,000 in respect of an award from the Invest to Modernise Fund; £408,000 in respect of the Invest to Save Budget; awards from the Capital Modernisation Fund totalling £1,888,000 in respect of new projects and £1,174,000 from the Invest to Modernise Fund; transfers in respect of transfers of business from the Home Office in the sum of £614,000; from the Department for Work and Pensions in the sum of £20,000; from the Department for Transport, Local
The administration cost limit for the Lord Chancellor's Department Request for Resources 1 will be increased by £5,344,000 from £612,786,000 to £618,130,000. The increase is caused by take up of end year flexibility entitlement of £1,355,000; an award of £1,174,000 from the Invest to Modernise Fund; transfers in respect of transfers of business from the Home Office in the sum of £480,000; from the Ministry of Defence in the sum of £176,000; from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in the sum of £100,000 and to the Department for Work and Pensions in the sum of £200,000. Transfers of business arising from the machinery of government changes of £406,000 from the Cabinet Office and £1,853,000 from the Home Office are also included in this supplementary estimate.
The increases will be offset by transfers from the departmental expenditure limits of the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, and the Ministry of Defence, take up of end year flexibility entitlement, an award from the Invest to Modernise Fund and awards from the Capital Modernisation Fund and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
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