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Lord Williams of Mostyn: An update on the impact of the National Lottery on the horserace betting levy has been published today and copies have been placed in the Library. This fulfils an undertaking made during the passage of the National Lottery Bill.
The paper, which has been prepared by the Economics and Resource Analysis Unit of the Home Office, examines continuing trends in off-course betting expenditure, on which the levy is closely dependent.
The statistical analysis suggests that, in 1998, approximately £1.1 billion was diverted from off-course betting expenditure as a direct result of the National Lottery. This equates to off-course betting expenditure being about 13.2 per cent. below the level it would have reached in the absence of the lottery. Horserace betting accounts for about 69 per cent. of off-course betting expenditure, and therefore the levy yield is likely to have been similarly affected. This can only be an approximate figure, and the effect of the lottery may vary over time.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary will tomorrow place a copy of Race Equality--The Home Secretary's Employment Targets in the Library. The paper sets out recruitment, retention and career progression targets for ethnic minority staff in the Home Office, the prison, the police, the fire and the probation services.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Following its report on 25 January, we asked the Interdepartmental Working Group to work up the details of the scheme. It has now completed this work. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary will be placing a short summary in the Library on 29 July.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Prison Enterprise Services are responsible for the manufacture of prison made goods and services. Their website, which gives details of their products, has been on-line since September 1998 and can be found at http://www.hmpenterprises.co.uk.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Based on evidence that properly targeted, well-designed and well-delivered programmes can result in significant reductions in re-offending, our "What Works" strategy is to deliver consistent improvements to work with offenders in prison and the community. For community based approaches, "What Works" was launched last year, with the publication by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation of Evidence Based Practice--A Guide to Effective Practice, to provide sound, practical advice on the design and delivery of effective programmes; and the setting up of three pilot programmes referred to under this initiative as "pathfinders".
From 1999-2002, additional funding of £14.5 million is being provided from the Crime Reduction Programme. This year, a further 32 pathfinder programmes are being set up and evaluated. The new joint prisons/probation service Accreditation Panel, under the chairmanship of Sir Duncan Nichol, will take on the first tranche of programmes for accreditation towards the end of this year. It is hoped that these will include three programmes suitable for the majority of persistent male offenders, a community reintegration programme for women offenders and a programme for sex offenders.
A new joint prisons/probation service offender assessment system, OASys is being developed. From August 2000, probation services will be able to use OASys to match offenders to appropriate programmes, and will have the first accredited programmes to deliver. Guidance, practice manuals and training will be provided. As other pathfinder programmes are designed, tested and accredited, they too will be made available, to provide a core curriculum of high quality accredited programmes for widespread delivery.
This initiative addresses adult offenders only. The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales is developing an assessment tool to underpin the work with young offenders of the youth offending teams established under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and is drawing up national standards for the provision of youth justice services. It is intended that the assessment tool and national standards will be in place from April 2000. The board is also administering a development fund of £85 million over three years to identify and develop good practice in work with young offenders and those at risk of offending.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The contribution from Europe for projects in Wales approved under Objective One will be channelled through the budget of the National Assembly for Wales. Match funding can come from a variety of sources, including the private sector.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The responsibility for making primary legislation in relation to Wales remains with the United Kingdom Parliament. Implementation of primary legislation is the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales where that has been conferred upon it under a Transfer of Functions Order approved by the United Kingdom Parliament or another enactment of the United Kingdom Parliament. It is not for the United Kingdom Government to answer to the United Kingdom Parliament on matters for which the United Kingdom Parliament has conferred responsibility on the Assembly.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Members of the United Kingdom Government are accountable to the United Kingdom Parliament for matters which are their responsibility. They are not answerable to the United Kingdom Parliament for matters for which the United Kingdom Parliament has conferred responsibility on a different body.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: In 1997 five people were proceeded against for pedal cycle lighting and reflector offences within the Metropolitan Police area (including city of London): 1998 data will become available later this summer.
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