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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Government are pleased to announce that the eighth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, entitled Standards of Conduct in the House of Commons, has today been published by the committee. Copies are available in the Vote Office and the Libraries of both Houses.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): Drug abstinence orders (DAO) and drug abstinence requirements (DAR) were made available to the courts covering the three pilot sites, Nottingham, Staffordshire and Hackney on 5 November 2001. As at 28 February 2002, seven drug abstinence orders and 85 drug abstinence requirements have been issued. The pilot programme was extended to a further six sites, Bedford, Blackpool, Doncaster, Torquay, Wirral and Wrexham & Mold in the summer of 2002. Further outcomes from the pilot sites will be available in the interim evaluation report due in the spring of 2003.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): Under the current proposals the construction of the new facility would be phased, with the first phase being ready for the opening of the whole Channel Tunnel Rail Link in 2007. The construction cost of the first phase is estimated to be about £140 million, but further work is in hand to refine the estimates. Discussions are currrently underway beween the parties about how the costs will be borne and financed.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: An assessment of the costs and benefits of various potential solutions has been carried out and it has been concluded that the optimum technical and economic solution is a phased development of new facilities at Temple Mills.
This assessment took account of the fact that the stabling, servicing and light maintenance facilities need to be located as near as possible to St Pancras in order to support the daily operation of the train services.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The EWS refuelling facility at Stratford had to be moved to make way for the ongoing construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. It was relocated at Temple Mills under the terms of an undertaking given by Viscount Goschen to the Select Committee of this House that considered the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill. The undertaking required the Secretary of State to ensure that land is made available on the Stratford Railway Lands (including Temple Mills) for EWS' refuelling point. The move was financed by Union Railways (North) Ltd, the nominated undertaker for the construction of this part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The estimated capital cost of moving the refuelling facility is around £1 million; it came into operation at the beginning of July 2001.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Network Rail, as owner of the national railway infrastructure, is responsible for the maintenance and renewal of rail over road bridges. The programme of work is an operational matter for Network Rail.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The handbook of rules and guidelines for the safety camera netting off scheme came into effect on 11 August 2001 when the scheme was made available nationally. The rules are conditions of payment to public authorities prescribed under Section 38 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 and no consultation is required by statute. However, the rules have been devised in collaboration with a project board comprising representatives from key government departments, the police and local authorities.
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The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): Following initial expressions of interest earlier this year, and a subsequent review of the procurement process by the Office of Government Commerce, we have invited interested parties to meet a number of essential pre-qualifying criteria. Responses were due by 15 November and are currently being evaluated. We will decide next steps in the light of that evaluation. We remain keen to see family involvement in the management of Apsley House in whatever management arrangements result from the competitive tendering exercise.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The average cost to social services of each disabled child in residential care during the Children in Need Census survey week in September/October 2001, excluding those who receive only planned short-term breaks, was £1,400. The average cost to social services of each disabled child supported in their family or