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The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): I refer the noble Lord to the reply given to him on 2 January 2001, Official Report, col WA 106-07. We do not account for funding on educational projects in museums or art galleries according to the nature of the institutions being funded. Projects are chosen on the basis of the impact they will have on pupil outcomes.
The main objectives of the museum and galleries education programme are to stimulate and encourage museums and galleries to develop their educational role by strengthening their links with schools, and to improve the quality and spread of provision. The programme also looks to improve pupils' use of the opportunities presented by museums and galleries, in particular by experiencing real objects relevant to their studies.
The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Prime Minister has appointed Dr Terence R Gourvish, Director of the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics and Political Science, as an official historian to write the official history of the Channel Tunnel.
Lord Whitty: The A406 between the A12 and the M11 is no longer a trunk road as it now forms part of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). However, the responsibility for litter clearance lies with the local authority, the London Borough of Redbridge, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
|Year of Accident|
|All accidents involving pedal cyclists||4,419||4,482||4,357||4,246|
|Fatal accidents involving pedal cyclists||20||14||12||10|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): In an eight-week period, 18 December 2000 to 9 February 2001, out of 7,478 applicants substantively interviewed in Liverpool and Leeds, 6,427 (86 per cent) were from London and the Home Counties.
Lord Burlison: The first phase of work to identify a screening programme, which we intend should be equally applicable to Gulf veterans as to those who have served in the Balkans, has been completed. We published yesterday a consultative document setting out the technical issues associated with such a programme, inviting advice and comment in particular from a wide range of expert bodies. A copy of the consultative document is being placed in the Library of the House, and it will also be available on the MoD Internet web-site.
The next step in our work is to develop firm proposals for screening taking into account the advice and comments we receive in response to the consultative document. Those proposals in turn will be the subject of wide consultation.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Responsibility for ensuring that the activities of the BBC are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the charter and agreement rests with the BBC's board of governors and not the Government.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: It is for English Heritage to decide what priority to give expenditure on archaeology commissions from the overall resources available to it from government grant in aid and from its own fund-raising activities.
In so doing it will take into account external conditions such as the impact of Planning Policy Guidance 16, which is now bringing in an estimated £20-£30 million of developers' expenditure a year on archaeological work, formerly funded entirely from English Heritage's Archaeology Commission budget.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My right honourable friend the Minister for the Arts regularly meets the chairman and chief executive of English Heritage to consider English Heritage's plans for the implementation of its various responsibilities.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My right honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has agreed to the request from the football authorities to appoint the first chairman of the Independent Football Commission--the new self-regulatory body which they are establishing. In so doing, he has made clear that the process of appointing the chairman is conducted in an open and transparent manner according to the standards that would apply to a public appointment. Therefore an independent public appointments advisory panel was convened to consider the applications which had been received by the department for this post.
While the panel considered a number of the applicants would be suitable for appointment to the post, the panel concluded that it would like to test the applicants against other strong candidates before reaching firm conclusions on a short list of names to recommend for appointment. The panel recommended a further exercise to generate applications and suggested that employing external consultants might make a useful contribution to that exercise. The Government therefore approached the Football Association who confirmed that the football
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