|Draft European Communities (Privileges of the European School) Order 2001
Mr. John Randall (Uxbridge): I shall not detain the Committee. I am sure that my question is an obvious onealthough not quite as obvious as the Gazette problem posed by the Liberal Democrat spokesman. The Minister said that Scotland and Northern Ireland were consulted; who is consulted on those matters? For instance, in Scotland, is it the Scottish Parliament or the Scotland Office that is consulted?
Peter Hain: We are enjoying a very high quality debate.
Mr. Spring: You set the tone.
Peter Hain: I am grateful to hon. Members. For the first time, I offer my congratulations to the previous Conservative Government on the excellent job that they did in setting up NASCO. It is a monument to their period in office. The hon. Member for West Suffolk asked about new Labour's passion for wild salmon and my response is, the wilder, the better. In answer to the hon. Gentleman's question concerning costs, we estimate that refunds to the European school will be approximately £4,000, and to NASCO approximately £2,000 a year. Those sums will come from a budget already allocated to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for repayments of IPT and APD.
When I was in opposition, I recall, I often thought up difficult questions for Ministers, which would send their officials scrabbling around desperately, and I congratulate the hon. Member for St. Ives (Andrew George) on doing the same. He asked how many children attended the European school, and I was going to say an adequate number. In fact, it is 932.
The hon. Gentleman asked about the London Gazette. I can assure him that in the pubs of Neath, people read nothing else. Notification in the London Gazette is standard procedure, and it has worked to date.
The hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) asked about consultation. It is standard procedure to consult the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland equivalent. We notify those bodies of what orders have been made when they are relevant to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
I am grateful to hon. Members for their questions.
Question put and agreed to.
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