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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Authorisation has been granted variously to Belgium, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and the UK (on behalf of the Isle of Man only) to apply the experimental reduced rate of VAT to certain labour intensive services.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is adopting the procedure set out in Recommendation 10.2 of the Appraisal of Annual Library Plans 1999. His Chief Library Adviser has therefore written to all 10 authorities asking them to address the weaknesses identified in the individual feedback about their plan, and to present the redrafted version to their local committee or Cabinet member to ensure that they have a sound basis for their 2000 plans, and to report back to the department on their action.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): The table below shows the number of courthouses in each current Magistrates' Courts Committee area in England and Wales, as reported by the MCCs in surveys conducted by my department in 1995 and 1999. Information prior to 1995 is not available. The current amalgamation programme will reduce the number of MCCs to 42 in 2001. There is no national courthouse closure programme, since the number and location of courthouses within MCC areas remain decisions for each MCC, after consultation locally. I have no role to play in the closure of magistrates' courts, unless there is an appeal against proposed closure.
|Magistrates' Courts Committee area, as at 1/4/99||Courthouses open as at 30/9/95||Courthouses open as at 31/3/99|
|Barking and Dagenham||2||2|
|City of London||1||1|
|Devon & Cornwall||25||25|
|Hereford & Worcester||9||7|
|Isle of Wight||1||1|
|Kingston upon Thames||1||1|
|Newcastle Upon Tyne||2||2|
|North & West Manchester||7||7|
|Richmond upon Thames||1||1|
Under the Justice of the Peace Act 1997, Magistrates' Courts Committees are responsible for the provision of an effective service to court users. It is for each committee to determine its own criteria for the number and location of magistrates' courts in its area.
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