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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: When the Millennium Experience is open and fully operational the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) forecast that it will create about 2,000 new full and part time jobs. These jobs will relate to the operation of the dome during 2000, and will include security, catering, etc. The recruitment process for these jobs will begin in mid-1999. An independent report commissioned by the London Borough of Greenwich has estimated that a further 3,000 jobs relating to the dome will be generated. The NMEC are working closely with Greenwich Council and other local authorities in the area to ensure that opportunities for the local labour force are maximised. People interested in working on the Millennium Experience can register through the visitor centre in Greenwich.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government will encourage local authorities to produce cultural strategies setting out the provision, including museums provisions, which they wish to see made in their areas. We have no current plans to extend Scottish legislation into the rest of the UK, but the need for a statutory requirement can be reviewed in the light of progress.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: There are 12 offers currently under consideration in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Eight of those have been with the Department for three months or less. The other four cases have required detailed scrutiny and consultation, and have now been with the department for periods of between 11 and 15 months. I expect them to be decided shortly.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Yes. In providing goods and services, departments and their agencies seek value for money for the taxpayer, normally through competition. In addition, a cross-departmental committee, under the chairmanship of HM Treasury, is to consider the issue of market share both in this and in the procurement of strategic goods and services generally.
The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): Pupils can undertake work experience at any time in their last year of compulsory schooling (after the Easter term in Year 10) and beyond. The Government recognise the value of good quality work experience in helping to prepare young people for the world of work and for its contribution to enriching the curriculum. It is important that placements occur in term time to ensure adequate supervision and monitoring by schools and to maximise the learning outcomes and curriculum benefits. Work experience usually takes place in the summer term of Year 10--in most cases after GCSEs have finished.
The Government are also taking steps to open up opportunities for the wider use of work related learning throughout Key Stage 4, especially where it will help keep disaffected young people in the education system. Work experience is therefore likely to feature in supporting out of school learning programmes tailored to meet the individual needs of these students.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): A further list of Scottish candidate SACs has today been proposed to the European Commission. The list comprises 15 new sites and boundary extensions to nine existing candidate sites. This represents a significant step forward in the implementation of the Habitats Directive and is further evidence of the Government's firm commitment to the Natura 2000 network.
Consideration continues to be given to the few sites remaining in the public consultation exercises in March 1995 and October 1997 which have not yet been proposed to the Commission. In addition, Scottish Natural Heritage have recently started a third public consultation exercise on a further list of sites in Scotland on the Government's behalf. I hope to announce the submission of further sites to the Commission in the near future.
Bankhead Moss, Beith
Black Loch Moss
Lendalfoot Hills Complex
Lower River Spey/Spey Bay
Mointeach nan Lochain Dubha
Morven and Mullachdubh
Muir of Dinnet
Sands of Forvie
Ben Alder and Aonach Beag
Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands
Loch Etive Woods.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave to the noble Earl, Lord Carlisle, on 19 January (H.L. deb, col. 1246-1248). In many cases professional and linguistic expertise is required for ambassadorial posts and the Foreign Secretary and I have been impressed by the calibre of DS officers of ambassadorial and equivalent rank. If an individual from outside the FCO, who had served the nation with distinction, had the right personal qualifications and experience to do the job, we would certainly want to consider inviting him or her to serve as an ambassador in one of our major embassies. No appointments have yet been made at this level.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Each year the Commission withdraws a number of proposals. There is no specific list of those withdrawn on grounds of subsidiarity.
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