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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The External Finance Limit for CDC for 199596 is being increased by £4,000,000 from £15,000,000 to £19,000,000. The limit takes account of an increase in the provision for CDC in Class II, Vote 5, provision for which is made in the Winter Supplementary Estimate. This increase is being met by transfer of resources within the Vote and does not add to the planned total of public expenditure.
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): The final stages of agreeing a new Supply and Service Agreement with HMSO have been reached, and, subject to the approval of the Finance and Staff Sub-Committee, it is expected to be signed before the end of the year, with effect from 1 January. The Agreement includes provision for reductions in the price paid by the public for most Lords papers. The price of the daily Hansard will fall to £2.50.
(a) the driver to be over 21 years of age and to possess an HGV Licence;
(b) brakes to be fitted to all wheels (as opposed to rear wheel brakes, sometimes acting on other wheels, through the transmission);
(c) gross train to be restricted to less than 38 tonnes;
(d) the tractor, trailer or load to be limited in dimensions;
(e) other road users to be protected from sharp projections;
What overall speed limit applies to vehicles registered as farmers' tractors when used on public roads.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): Regulations made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act and the Road Traffic Act cover driver licensing, speed limits and construction of farmers' tractors.
The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1987 require that 16 years is the minimum age at which an individual may drive a tractor, but at this age there are restrictions on the size of the vehicles that may be driven. A driver does not require an HGV Driver Licence when the vehicle is being used solely for agricultural type operations.
The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations and the Motor Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) General Order specifies standards for the construction of all types of vehicles, including the braking performance of farmers tractors. Agricultural motor vehicles are required to meet a minimum braking performance which may be achieved without necessarily braking all the vehicle's wheels.
As with other vehicles, the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations apply general limits for the dimensions of tractor, trailer and load. In certain circumstances larger vehicles are permitted, but they have to comply with the more restrictive conditions of the Special Types General Order.
Section 40A of the Road Traffic Act and Regulation 100 of the Construction and Use Regulations require all road vehicles to be constructed, maintained and used in such a condition that no danger is presented to other road users. These provisions would prohibit sharp projections from farmers' vehicles.
Viscount Goschen: Yes. The Civil Aviation Authority has introduced revised age limits for commercial pilots which are in line with proposals made by the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA). However, until the JAA has agreed and implemented the Joint Aviation
Viscount Goschen: The percentage of NSE trains arriving within five minutes of time was 85 per cent. in 199192, 88 per cent. in 199293 and 92 per cent. in 199394. Network SouthEast ceased to exist on 1 April 1994 and performance figures for the former NSE services are no longer collected in aggregate form.
Viscount Goschen: Earlier this year the London Borough of Greenwich consulted the public on various proposals to alleviate the traffic problems in Greenwich Town Centre. Of the bypass options considered, the borough's preference was for a "submerged foreshore scheme"a tunnel passing in front of the Royal Naval College. The borough is now exploring possible funding mechanisms, and has made a bid to central government through their 199697 Transport Policies and Programme document to fund a more detailed study. This is being considered, along with other bids for support within the 199697 Local Transport Capital Settlement.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Photographs are required so that an up to date likeness of the certificate holder appears on the certificate. The police attach one photograph to the certificate and keep another for their records. The other two photographs are retained in case they are needed if, for example, the holder loses his certificate or requires a European Firearms Pass. Photographs are not required if a certificate is varied.
The Firearms Consultative Committee, the independent statutory body which advises the Home Secretary on firearms matters, considered this issue in 199394. They concluded that the requirement for four photographs for a single application should remain, but that application for grant or renewal of a firearm and a shotgun certificate at the same time should require four photographs rather than eight as at present.
This is one of a number of recommendations for improving and simplifying the forms and procedures for applying for firearm and shotgun certificates which the Committee made in its Fifth Annual Report, a copy of which is in the Library. We hope to implement these soon. The administration of the Firearms Acts is kept under regular review to ensure that the administrative burden on both shooters and the police is kept to the minimum commensurate with ensuring public safety.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): Local government reorganisation will give local authorities an opportunity to streamline their organisations and reduced overheads. If authorities respond positively to this challenge there should be no need for either reduced services or increased charges. The arrangements we have introduced for transitional costs of reorganisation will enable authorities to meet transitional costs from borrowing and give them time to realise offsetting savings.
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Lord Henley): The Government are fully committed to implementing the Global Platform for Action in the UK. We have already announced an implementation plan which includes asking all government departments to take full account of the Platform for Action; asking non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for their views by 1 January 1996; and meetings to debrief NGOs. In addition, we will meet NGOs early in 1996 to review progress on implementation and we will produce an implementation progress report on the first anniversary of the World Conference. We will place a copy of this report in the Library once it has been published.
Lord Henley: No such research has been arranged. However, the Government attach importance to regular school attendance by all registered pupils. Where the circumstances of a particular family are affecting attendance, the Government look to schools to work closely with education welfare officers to overcome the problems.
To provide practical help to schools to reduce truancy, the Government are supporting locally-devised projects in England and Wales to a value of £16.2 million through the Grants for Education Support and Training Scheme for 199596.
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