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The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): Export licence applications for arms may be refused for a number of reasons and this question could only be answered at disproportionate cost. The Annual Report of the Export Control Organisation will however be available shortly and will give some details of licences refused by destination and
Earl Ferrers: Following public consultation, I have today made the Price Indications (Resale of Tickets) Regulations 1994. Under the regulations those who resell tickets will have to disclose specified information about a ticket before making a sale. This will include any original price printed on the ticket and known information about the rights which it confers, such as the location and quality of the seat or space. The regulations will come into force on 20 February 1995.
A compliance cost assessment, which was prepared by my department, concluded that this significant improvement in consumer protection will impose little, if any, additional costs on traders. Copies of the compliance cost assessment have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Viscount Astor): We welcome the BBC's plans to launch these two services, in partnership with Pearson plc. These plans are fully in line with the proposal in our White Paper on the future of the BBC that the BBC should exploit international commercial opportunities in co-operation with private sector partners.
Following consultation with the Independent Television Commission (ITC), my right honourable friend the Secretary of State has today laid before Parliament an order under Section 13(2) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 providing that the services may legally be provided without a licence from the ITC.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): Since Professor Culyer's report Supporting Research and Development in the NHS was published on 14 September, we have had valuable discussions about it with the academic and research communities and beyond. The broad thrust of the report has been welcomed.
My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health has now decided to introduce a new system of funding and supporting research, based largely on the report's proposals, to come into effect from 1996-97. The key points are:
Changes in the advisory structure for R&D, including revised terms of reference and membership for the Central NHS R&D Committee (CRDC). The CRDC will have a new role advising the NHS how to invest its R&D funds.
These decisions follow our recent announcement of £40 million increase for 1995-96 in the ear-marked funds dedicated to meeting the NHS costs of medical and dental education and research. Together they
Baroness Cumberlege: My honourable friend the Minister for Health has asked Dr. Graham Winyard, National Health Service Executive Health Care Director, to chair an advisory group to make recommendations by March 1995 on future arrangements for allocating funds and contracting for NHS service support and facilities for teaching medical undergraduates. The aim is for the new arrangements to take effect, after appropriate consultation, in April 1996.
Lord Lucas: The Welsh Health Common Services Authority is implementing the Secretary of State's decision on its future activities as announced in the House of Commons by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Wales on 21 April 1994. The authority will ensure that staff are fully consulted and any concerns passed to the Secretary of State. At this stage, the Secretary of State sees no need to meet UNISON. It is a matter for WHCSA, as the employer, to consult its staff, and it is doing so.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The information for the measures relating to Jobseeker's Allowance is in the table. Estimates do not take account of tax or behavioural effects.
|Policy measure||Benefit expenditure effect in 1996-97 £ million||Benefit expenditure effect in 1997-98 £ million|
|Contributory entitlement six months||-70||-180|
|No adult dependency increases in contributory benefit||-10||-20|
|Unified rates of benefit: effect on 18-24 year old claimants||-20||-30|
|Treatment of income from occupational and personal pensions||-10||-10|
|Waiting days in income-based JSA||-40||-40|
|Treatment of earnings: changes in disregards and in partners' hours rule||+20||+20|
In addition, on the same underlying assumptions and without accounting for behavioural effects, the measures relating to the Back To Work Bonus bring an estimated increase in benefit expenditure of around £20 million in 1996-97 and around £50 million in 1997-98. However, as observed in the Memorandum, the introduction of the Back To Work Bonus is likely to be broadly cost-neutral when behavioural effects are taken into account. The measures relating to the National Insurance contribution rebate are expected to reduce employers' National Insurance costs by about £45 million in each of 1996-97 and 1997-98.
7. Based on 1993 Annual Statistical Enquiry, 1993 and 1994 Unemployment Benefit Statistics, 1993-94 Adjudication Officer statistics and the Policy Simulation Model using 1990/91/92 family expenditure data.
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