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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): I have today issued a consultation paper seeking views on the detail of the legislation the Government intend to introduce to outlaw payments to witnesses. The legislation proposed is that it should be a criminal offence to make, or agree to make, or to receive, a payment to a witness or potential witness in criminal proceedings for his or her story with a view to publication.
Also, following the abandonment of the first trial of R v Woodgate and others, the Government intend to amend Section 19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 to empower the court to order a third party to pay costs incurred as a result of his or her unnecessary or improper act. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The Lord Chancellor: During the next financial year (20022003), my department will spend £5 million on marriage and relationship support, an increase of £0.5 million on the funding for the financial year 20012002.
This is the first financial year in which the marriage and relationship support fund has been allocated using the new grant programme launched in September 2001. The new programme introduced openly published criteria, which have been used to evaluate all applications received for this round of allocations. The aim of the department is that the marriage and relationship support grant should be targeted on improving existing service delivery, as well as developing research, innovative projects and the dissemination of better links and good practice among a wider and more diverse range of service providers than in previous years.
|Core Funding||Funding Allocated (£)|
|Family Welfare Association||30,000|
|One Plus One||242,000|
|London Marriage Guidance Council||103,000|
|Tavistock Marital Studies Institute||464,000|
|Jewish Marriage Council||44,000|
|Asian Family Counselling Service||50,000|
|Totnes Family Partnership||58,000|
|Somerset Family Partnership||50,000|
|Family Matters York||50,000|
|The Lesbian and Gay Foundation||48,000|
|Muslim Women's Helpline||20,000|
|The Salvation Army||40,000|
|Aquila Care Trust||88,000|
|Project for Advocacy, Counselling and Education||46,000|
|Basic For Life||34,000|
|The Cogwheel Trust||4,000|
|Poole Community Family Trust||50,000|
|Bristol Community Family Trust||50,000|
|Research & Development Funding||Project Title||Amount allocated (£)|
|University of Exeter, School of Psychology||Money management and marital commitment in new couples: An evaluation of the efficacy of the FOCCUS Inventory||43,000|
|Relate||Accessibility (follow-on bid)||32,000|
|Relate||Domestic Violence (follow-on bid)||40,000|
|Care For the Family||Asian Family Matters||19,000|
|Relate||Quality Assurance (follow-on bid)||30,000|
|2as 1||Development & Adaptation of Relate Training Material||66,000|
|London Marriage Guidance Council||Community Development||71,000|
|The Minster Centre||Aracas Project (domestic violence)||72,000|
|Tavistock Marital Studies Institute||Brief Psychotherapy||32,000|
|2as 1||Partnership project (Relate)Awareness campaign to promote MARS to the Black African & Afro-Caribbean communities||120,000|
|Sussex Family Mediation Service||One Stop Shop||26,000|
|The Church of England||Marriage Preparation and Support in the South East||54,000|
|Brook in Birmingham||Counselling for Young couples||39,000|
|Marriage Care||Emotional Literacy: Foundations for a Good Life: Phase 2||30,000|
|The Richmond Centre||Videos are Valuable||38,000|
|One Plus One||Investigation of Use & Value of Helpline Services||39,000|
|One Plus One||Investigation of Relationship Support||46,000|
|Jewish Marriage Council||Starting Marriage on the Right Foot||40,000|
|Talking Matters (moved from core to R&D)||Infrastructure for Marriage Preparation in the Orthodox Jewish Community||24,000|
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): The lottery funds made available in the financial years 200001 and 200102 to the sport of curling in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland were:
|Sports Council for Northern Ireland||£0||£0|
|Sports Council for Wales||£0||£0|
The Minister of State, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): We have commissioned TRL Ltd to examine data in its fatal accident database (derived from police accident reports) and from the Co-operative Crash Injury Study to assess the number of front seat occupant deaths which could be attributed to a rear seat passenger not wearing a restraint. We have also asked them, as part of this work, to review the recently published Japanese study on this topic and to advise on its relevance to the British situation. A report is expected during May and I will write to my noble friend when we have it.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: We have recently consulted local authorities and the bus industry on a proposal to increase substantially the de minimis limits. We are considering the responses to this before making final decisions and expect to bring forward regulations amending the limits shortly.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: We have recently consulted local authorities and the bus industry on increasing the maximum contract length for tendered bus service contracts to 10 years. We are now considering the scope for bringing forward this change in the light of the views expressed. Any changes in this regard would require an amendment to Section 90(1) of the 1985 Transport Act.
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