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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Following consultation with local authorities, we decided not to make any changes to the regulations (which were introduced on 1 August 1993 not 1994) for the time being. A further review will be carried out in about two years' time after local government reorganisation.
Lord Lucas: Information is not available in the form requested. The Government's policy is to encourage diversity in colleges and universities; the Higher Education Funding Council for England's funding arrangements allow for this diversity and are not based on uniform units of resource. The HEFCE Circular 6/95 gives details of the council's funding for teaching in each of the English higher education institutions for 199596, and I have arranged for a copy to be placed in the Library. I have asked the chief executive of the HEFCE to write to the noble Baroness to give her such other relevant information as they have available.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The method of allocating resources to the Inner London Magistrates' Courts Service, the Legal Aid Board in London and London area probation services does not involve the use of area cost adjustments. The method of allocating resources in the Court Service is not based on grants. The area cost adjustment factor for the Outer London Magistrates' Courts Committees in 199394 was 1.10881 and in 199495 it was 1.112385. In 199596 the revenue grant allocation formula does not use area cost adjustments.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): This is an operational matter for the Highways Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, to write to the noble Lord.
You asked what was the average cost of handling each call to the cones hotline in the financial years 199394 and 199495, and the average cost of follow-up action on those calls. As this is an operational matter for the Highways Agency, I have been asked to reply.
Separate costs for running the cones hotline are not available for 199394, as calls were then routed through the Department of Transport's general enquiry number. During 199495, the cones hotline was operated on a dedicated local call rate number at a cost of approximately £5,000. Other running costs are not easily identifiable since they were met within budgets agreed before the hotline was established. Our estimate of the average cost of handling each call in 199495 is £2.22. No figures are available for the average cost of follow-up action in 199394 and 199495.
|Arms and military equipment||11,644|
|Nuclear materials (bulk licences)||21|
|Industrial (bulk licences)||122|
|Antiques (over 50 years)||3,257|
|Antiques (under 50 years)||3,265|
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