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However, a study on the economic impact of the salmon farming industry, published in 1999 by the then Scottish Office, reported that a one-off survey of the Scottish industry had found that in 1996, 19 companies, representing at that time 47 per cent. of salmon production, were foreign-owned.
Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Advocate-General for Scotland on what date she notified the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament that she did not intend to refer the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. 
The Advocate-General: My Legal Secretary wrote to the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament on 22 September 2000 to notify him that I did not intend to make a reference in respect of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council under section 33(1) of the Scotland Act 1998.
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Poverty and social exclusion are complex multi- dimensional issues, affecting many aspects of people's lives--including income, health, housing, the quality of their environment and opportunities to learn. There is no single measure that can capture the complex problems that need to be overcome.
However a number of these aspects have seen significant improvement in Wales since 1997. For example, the number of unemployed people in Wales has fallen by around 35,000 from nearly 90,000 in February 1997 to around 55,000 in February 2001. Between 1997 and 2000 the number of children in families in Wales in receipt of out of work benefits has fallen from 160,000 to around 145,000. The proportion of 11-year-olds in Wales achieving level 4 or above at Key Stage 2 has risen in English from 64 per cent. in 1997 to 74 per cent. in 2000 and in Mathematics from 64 per cent. in 1997 to 69 per cent. in 2000.
The annual report, "Opportunity for all", available in the Library, sets out and monitors the UK Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion. The UK Government are working in partnership with the National Assembly for Wales to tackle poverty and social exclusion in Wales.
|1 July||Meetings at Castle Buildings|
|2 July||Breakfast at Hillsborough and meetings at Castle Buildings|
|20 July||Meeting at No. 10|
|6 September||Meetings at No. 10|
|14 October||Bilateral talks, Finland|
|9 December||Bilateral talks, Helsinki|
|17 December||British/Irish Council at Lancaster Gate and press briefing at No. 10|
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The Prime Minister: The Social Exclusion Unit is today publishing a report, "Preventing Social Exclusion", which sets out the Government's approach to tackling social exclusion and the results that have been delivered so far in preventing social exclusion, reintegrating those who become excluded, and delivering basic minimum standards. It is a long-term approach, but clear results are now coming through:
An overall strategy for working with children and young people is being developed by the Children and Young People's Unit. As a first step, they are today publishing "Tomorrow's Future: Building a Strategy for Children and Young People", which sets the Government's intent to work with children and young people and a wide range of stakeholders in developing the strategy.
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Mr. Ian McCartney: The Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator's Annual Report for 1999-2000 shows that we are making progress towards meeting the challenging targets we have set as part our 10-year anti-drugs strategy.
Colleagues in Wales have launched "Tackling Substance Misuse in Wales: A Partnership approach". This reflects many of the key elements of the UK anti-drugs strategy but also covers the full range of substances misused in Wales, including alcohol.
We announced significant additional investment for targeted action in England and in the Budget. Similar provision is being made in Wales. National Assembly plans for 2002-03 and 2003-04 also provide for increases of £1 million and £1.5 million respectively. This represents nearly 60 per cent. increase in direct expenditure by the Assembly to combat substance misuse.
Progress is being achieved through co-ordinated interdepartmental activity on agreed priorities, resulting in increased seizures of heroin and cocaine en-route to the UK and increased disruption of criminal groups involved in trafficking.
Marjorie Mowlam: The Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator's Annual Report for 1999-2000 shows that we are making progress towards meeting the challenging targets we have set as part our 10-year anti-drugs strategy.
We recognise the particular importance of tackling the problem at local level and that there is more to do. That is why we announced in the Budget significant additional investment for targeted action at local level.
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This will give the Wirral Drugs Action Team an opportunity to work with local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships to help local communities disrupt local drug markets and tackle drug related crime and the anti-social behaviour so often associated with it.
23. Mr. Flynn: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions she has had with the Government's Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator on trends in the number of deaths from class A drugs since the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. 
Marjorie Mowlam: I hold regular meetings with the Government's Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator to discuss all aspects of the Government's anti-drug strategy, including the changes in the deaths from Class A drugs.
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