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Lord Whitty: The national training curriculum for secondary English will specify the essential core of knowledge, skills and understanding which trainee teachers must be taught and be able to use in relation to secondary English. The drama element in the secondary English curriculum will ensure that teachers of secondary English are taught how to teach drama in relation to its position in the pupils' English curriculum.
The national training curriculum for secondary English has been the subject of a widespread consultation by the Teacher Training Agency which ended on 3 April. There has been no support in consultation to require those training to become specialist drama teachers to follow the national training curriculum for secondary English. The agency is currently considering the implications of its proposals for those initial teacher training courses which cover both English and drama.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Reports of the House of Lords European Communities Committee on Fraud in the Community contain many apposite recommendations which have influenced the direction of government policy since their publication.
Looking in particular at the Committee's 12th Report of 1993-94 published in July 1994, I am pleased to be able to report real progress on areas covered by the recommendations. Much of this has been carried out under the aegis of the Commission's SEM2000 programme (Sound and Efficient Management). For instance, measures have been introduced which will lead to closer monitoring of the fraud-proofing of legislation. This will apply to both existing and new proposals; new proposals will be scrutinised prior to presentation of the proposal to the Council, while existing instruments will be subject to scrutiny where experience has revealed a degree of vulnerability to fraud. The Commission adopted a Regulation in October 1997 setting minimum standards for financial control of the Structural Funds in member states and is working with member states to specify more closely what is required. The Government also, at the InterGovernmental conference in Amsterdam, sponsored proposals to strengthen the role of the European Court of Auditors. These initiatives put into practice specific recommendations of the report and were actively promoted by the UK Government.
The Government have made improving financial management and the fight against fraud one of the priorities of the current UK Presidency of the European Union. It is doing this largely by consolidating initiatives already in progress, to ensure that these really
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The total revenue received from sales of Acts of Parliament, birth certificates and the Highway Code during the financial year 1996-97 was £1,023,156. This is broken down as follows:
|(a) Acts of Parliament||£735,302 from the sale of copies and £6,423 from licensing of the typography|
|(b) birth certificates||Nil|
|(c) the Highway Code||£271,653 from the sale of copies and £9,778 from licensing|
|The revenue from sale of copies covers the period from 1 April 1996 to 30 September 1996, when the titles were published by the former HMSO. From 1 October 1997, sales income became a matter for the privatised company The Stationery Office Limited. The sales income is net after allowing for discounts.|
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government's policy is to encourage a fair society in which everyone can share in broader opportunities, and to see economic development taking place in a way which respects the environment. Every effort is made to take into account the value of all economically and socially significant work. For example, a number of measures were taken
The measurement of economic growth is covered by the internationally agreed System of National Accounts (SNA). The 1993 SNA proposed that more work be undertaken in satellite accounts, developing measurement of activities excluded from conventional accounts. The Office for National Statistics is at the forefront in developing a wide range of satellite accounts, including unpaid household work and environmental accounts. Articles describing the latest developments were published in the October 1997 edition of Economic Trends.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): The Barnett formula is not used to transfer money from England to Scotland. It simply allocates annually to the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Offices from overall UK resources a population-based share of any changes that are made to English programmes for which the territorial departments have comparable responsibility.
Lord Sewel: A networked prisoner record database has been available on all Scottish Prison Service sites since October 1995. An electronic link between the Scottish Prison Service and the Scottish Criminal Records Office is planned for completion by December 1998.
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