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It is not government practice to comment on individual cases in relation to security vetting. My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland (Jane Kennedy) made a Written Statement in the other place on 15 December about progress on the review of security vetting arrangements (Official Report, col. 127WS) a copy is available in the Library. The Police Fund will be included in the ongoing programme to improve the effectiveness of protective security arrangements.
Baroness Amos: Of the final funds allocated to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for 200203, total expenditure on management and administration costs by the four health and social services boards and 19 health and social services trusts amounted to 4.6 per cent. In addition, the department's own administration costs amounted to £36 million. Taken together, therefore, the total percentage of the 200203 final allocation spent on administration and management amounted to 6.1 per cent. A further 91.4 per cent was spent on delivery of health and social services and the remaining 2.5 per cent was spent on the provision of an effective fire-fighting, rescue and fire safety service.
Baroness Amos: This issue was raised at a full meeting of the Construction Industry Training Board earlier this year and it was then referred to the Department for Employment and Learning for further guidance on the interpretation of the legislation. The department referred the matter to its legal advisers.
Baroness Amos: In the past five years, Planning Service has granted 195 consents to demolish buildings within a conservation area. Once consent to demolish has been granted, Planning Service does not monitor whether the demolition work has taken place.
Baroness Amos: The Prime Minister fully supports the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London and was directly involved with the announcement of government support on 15 May 2003. He will continue to attend events as appropriate.
Baroness Amos: DfID is working closely with the international financial institutions and other multilateral and bilateral bodies to quantify the potential gains to developing countries of international and domestic trade liberalisation. Although estimates vary across studies, on balance evidence suggests that developing countries benefit from increased trade openness in the same proportion as richer countries. Furthermore, a reduction of a country's own trade barriers tends to bring real benefits to its consumers, including poor consumers.
None the less, while the reforms may lead to aggregate gains in a country's economic welfare, they inevitably create losers. As well as undertaking studies on the effects of trade reform on livelihoods and food security of the poor segments of the population in developing countries, DfID is working with a number of developing country partners and through the multilateral system to link the trade agenda within countries' own development strategies. We are also supporting the EU's sustainability impact assessments, which aim to gauge the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the WTO negotiations on affected sectors in both the EU and developing countries. The intention is to ensure that liberalisation is accompanied by other policies to help maximize the economic opportunities for all and mitigate adverse impacts on poor households.
The paper sets out DfID's commitment to agriculture as a fundamental part of the Government's approach to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The paper provides details of DfID's current activities in agriculture through both its central and country programmes, and outlines DfID's approach to finding new ways of reversing agriculture's relative decline and stagnation in many of the world's poorest countries.
Copies of this policy paper have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and comments are welcome. The contact point is [email protected]
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